Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/10/2009

Media Justice for Sotomayor


This is so ridiculous. The statement they’re referring to? Sotomayor said in a speech, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Okay, to me it’s pretty clear that she’s talking about how life experiences shape who you are in your career, and how her background as a Latina woman is an important addition to white men who historically have had the most power in her field. No, it did not come out nicely. But Sonia Sotomayor is very clearly not a racist. I’m pretty sure most people, who are not simply looking for things to pick on her for, can see she was not trying to say latina women are better than white men, even if that’s what it sounded like. 

And I’m sorry sending her vacuums? men-stru-ate? THE MAG COVER WHERE SHE’S PICTURED AS A BUDDHIST?  I’m pretty sure that that is racism, folks.

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  • Jill @ at 3:14 pm, July 11th, 2009

    Thanks for posting this, Julie. The Pat Buchanan statement is the ringer for me – something about “why did they have four women” as the final list. Hello? Pat? Like, er, um, how many times since this country was created have the “lists” been all men?


  • oldfeminist @ at 5:31 pm, July 13th, 2009

    My take is that she is saying that a Latina woman would possibly be a better candidate. And I agree.

    In this society, *everyone* knows the White male perspective. You can’t help but learn it. It’s what’s taught in school, in the media, in books, magazines, everywhere.

    So, if you are something other than a White male, you have more than one perspective. You’re aware that there are multiple perspectives from the time you understand what perspective is.

    It’s kind of like being bilingual.

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