Dou­ble stan­dards ex­ist for men and women

The Maui News - - OPINION -

Sen. Mazie Hirono has a knack for mak­ing re­marks that catch my at­ten­tion. She re­cently used the Brett Ka­vanaugh Supreme Court con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings to cas­ti­gate Amer­i­can men on pub­lic tele­vi­sion, telling us to “shut up!” But if a male politi­cian were to say that to women, he would be cru­ci­fied!

Ob­vi­ously, she was si­mul­ta­ne­ously pan­der­ing to her base in an at­tempt to so­lid­ify the women’s vote as well as at­tempt­ing to de­rail Judge Ka­vanaugh’s con­fir­ma­tion. She may not re­al­ize that there are women who would be up­set if their hus­band or fa­ther or son or brother were un­fairly ac­cused and pre­sumed guilty un­til proven in­no­cent.

This is the same Mazie Hirono that I re­call read­ing in The Maui News was gush­ing about former Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s good looks dur­ing his visit to Maui in 2002. To me, that was mem­o­rable in the light of the Mon­ica Lewin­sky in­ci­dent.

Dou­ble stan­dards do ex­ist.

Ben K. Az­man La­haina

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