sex appeal

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When an influential man tells the world that a woman in public life has

SEX APPEAL

  • He immediately defines her in relation to heterosexual males
  • HE is saying that HE – the hero – finds her SEXY
  • In an equal world HE WOULDN’T SAY IT
  • Or she would have the right of reply
  • But if SHE SAID SHE FOUND HIM MOST UNATTRACTIVE
  • That HIS COMMENTS WERE OFFENISVE
  • That they instantly devalued her credibility and authority and effectiveness –
  • In contrast to his power as a man
  • SHE WOULD BE THE ONE TO BE CRITICISED – AND FURTHER UNDERMINED

Damned of you do and doomed if you don’t!

We don’t have a word to name such behaviour. It isn’t exuberance it’s a male powerploy and a fair indication that the man who publicly proclaims a woman political candidate has sex appeal – is one who simply doesn’t get it! It’s just how he sees women! And it isn’t as equal.

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