The NH GOP like to regularly twitter their rants about Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen... especially with the upcoming election. In typical GOP fashion they went after Sen. Shaheen for tweeting her congratulations to the Bruins on winning the first round of their playoff series, claiming she obviously didn't send the tweet herself because the Senator doesn't know about hockey! This op-ed piece that appeared in many of NH papers yesterday is an awesome response ...
Note to NHGOP: Women can be sports fans
Friday, May 2, 2014
The usually vile NHGOP Twitter account hit a new low on Saturday night when it lashed out at Senator Jeanne Shaheen for congratulating the Boston Bruins on their recent victory. The @NHGOP tweeted, “You don’t know the first thing about hockey.”
Why would the New Hampshire Republican Party assume that Senator Shaheen doesn’t know the first thing about hockey? She has celebrated Bruins victories for decades. She was a collegiate basketball player. She coached her daughters’ sports teams. She has grandchildren who play hockey. So why, then, would they assume that she doesn’t know “the first thing about hockey?”
Could it be because she is a woman?
This type of stereotyping is something I’ve battled as a female athlete. “You’re a girl. You can’t be an Olympic skier.” “YOU won an Olympic medal?” “This isn’t a sport for girls.” When I was a freshman at Laconia High School, women weren’t allowed to join the ski team.
So I tucked my hair into my hat and went by the name Tommy. They told me I couldn’t be a female athlete. And now, 61 years later, Jeanne Shaheen — the first woman to be elected as both Governor and a Senator in history — is being told that she can’t possibly be a sports fan. Because she’s a woman. The audacity of the NHGOP never ceases to shock and disgust me. This is the same party whose former chair recently compared Shaheen to Betty Crocker cake mix in an op-ed. And it was an NHGOPer who last week decided that pay discrimination exists because women are less motivated than men. The string of aggressive tweets that came out of the NHGOP were perhaps so unsettling because they came out of nowhere, yet from what seemed to be a very angry, bitter place. They were unprovoked and nasty, and made giant presumptions about Senator Shaheen based on her gender. The Republican Party clearly still has a problem with women and women’s issues.
Meanwhile, Scott Brown happily tweeted a congratulatory Bruins tweet from his account with no backlash suggesting that he wasn’t a true hockey fan. Perhaps because his name is Scott, and hers is Jeanne.