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BOEHNER: Man up? Just shut up

Letter by Annie Russell, Gig Harbor on Jan. 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | 5 Comments »
January 11, 2011 10:18 am

Re: “Boehner needs to man up” (letter, 1-10).

My hackles raise whenever I hear the stupid phrase, “Man up.” What does it mean, other than something disparaging to women? Or is it possible for females to “man up”?

We never hear “woman up.” Is “man up” strictly a male, testosterone, warrior, hero thing, allowed only to the “superior” gender? You know, the gender that has done such a fine job wrecking this planet.

Yes, behind the phrase is a not too subtle belittlement of the little lady – the poor, weak, feminine, emotional, discombobulated, easily flustered and wholly cowardly female 51 percent of the world. It’s a spit in the face of the strength and bravery of females since time immemorial.

We need not even think of Boudicca, Joan of Arc, Catherine, Elizabeth, Theresa, but rather consider our own mothers whose grit, determination and pain tolerance in passing us through the birth canal shamed many a tottering husband swooning out at the sight, or thought, of it.

I applaud John Boehner for showing some emotion; it makes me think he might be one of the few conservatives with a heart. Alas, brains also seem to be sorely lacking on that side of the political divide. As Exhibit One I submit those who so loosely throw silly, disparaging phrases.

To those who suggest that someone “man up,” I say shut up. There is nothing inherently strong or tough about men. Better to be specific in whom to emulate. How about “Alexander Up” or “Joan Up”? Now that at least makes sense.

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