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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.

Penny Pitou


Originally posted to DebbZ on Fri May 02, 2014 at 05:36 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Wide World of Sports.

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  •  ugh (3+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic, Penny GC, TrueBlueMajority

    and to think I almost ended up living in NH.  It was women telling me "Don't do it, (shudder)."

  •  Yeah, all those"hockey moms" are just taxi service (7+ / 0-)

    they don't ever stay and watch their children play the game.
    It's pretty obvious who doesn't know a thing about anything.

    Oh for crying out loud!

    by 4mygirls on Fri May 02, 2014 at 05:59:00 AM PDT

  •  But...but...but...Palin! (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, antimony

    Remember Palin's old joke about the difference between a bulldog and hockey mom?

    Surely the GOP isn't dissing their Golden Girl?

  •  It's actually likely not sexist (2+ / 0-)
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    VPofKarma, Lujane

    More probable is that they assume that because she's one of those libbiest libs that ever libbed*, she couldn't possibly like hockey, what with eating all that arugala and tofu wraps and performing abortions in her Prius while regulating the producers and collecting welfare checks.

    *Any Democrat that a conservative currently doesn't like is the libbiest lib that ever libbed. A bonafide America hating, athiest Marxist homoleftist.

    First they came for the farm workers, and I said nothing.

    by Hannibal on Fri May 02, 2014 at 06:48:14 AM PDT

    •  I seriously doubt it (2+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, Hannibal

      Male politicians, Democratic or Republican, don't face questions over whether they're "true" sports fans.  As a female athlete, I've seen this sort of bullshit for years.

      Miss Aji? She blogs here now.
      I’m a feminist because the message is still "don’t get raped" not "don’t rape."

      by Avilyn on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:31:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm sure you have (0+ / 0-)

        And I'm sure that's part of the picture. But at the same time, I'm sure you've also seen the way conservatives like to claim anything perceived as manly as their own. That anyone to the left of them couldn't possibly be into a sport as rough as hockey, even though it's most popular in Democratic strongholds that we can't enjoy motorsports, even though the most intense motorsports are far more popular in Europe than they are here.

        It's not reality we're talking about though, it's perception. Conservatives see themselves as the strong, tough, rugged individualist. And we are, in their mind, scared little wimpy intellectuals, or if you're not white, a drug addicted welfare queen/thug.

        So naturally, they can't fathom how a Democrat, and a female Democrat no less, can be a fan of something that they think is theirs.

        First they came for the farm workers, and I said nothing.

        by Hannibal on Fri May 02, 2014 at 07:42:13 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  The writer (2+ / 0-)
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    exatc, Lujane

    I loved this letter for all the usual reasons.  In addition, it brought back memories of meeting the letter writer at the top of Mount Straightback (a small mountain) in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire five or so years ago.  Do I remember everyone I meet on the tops of mountains?  I don't remember who I met yesterday!  But in a few minutes of chatting, Penny Pitou impressed us with some of the same qualities that come through in her letter to the NHGOP.  It's not every day that you meet a 70-year old former Olympic skiier while out on a day hike.  Ms. Pitou was the first American (male or female) to win an Olympic medal (Silver) in Downhill skiing (1960).  She was feisty and energetic, qualities she still apparently has.  She campaigned with Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, something I hope they both repeat in a couple of years!

  •  Scott Brown had difficulty remembering which (0+ / 0-)

    team he is rooting for.

  •  I share a name and a love of downhill skiing, but (0+ / 0-)

    then I never earned a medal, let alone an Olympic Medal. I agree that NHGOP is sexist, I do not give them a pass that they are not. While this ("*Any Democrat that a conservative currently doesn't like is the libbiest lib that ever libbed. A bonafide America hating, athiest Marxist homoleftist.") may be true, there true colors always start with me (man) making all the decisions and you (woman) taking my opinion and owning it. They are all sexist to the core and until we weed out the sexism will be until any of the minorities are really equal. The hate for women has been since the dawn of time, able to create life and all, jealous haters!
    Peace and Blessings!

    “When you victim-blame, be aware that in all likelihood, at least one woman you know and love silently decides she cannot trust you.” ` Steph Guthrie

    by Penny GC on Fri May 02, 2014 at 08:01:43 AM PDT

  •  lots of people living all over New England (1+ / 0-)
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    root for the Broons

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Fri May 02, 2014 at 08:21:02 AM PDT

  •  Congrats Debbz on your first diary making (0+ / 0-)

    it to the recommended list. Welcome to DKOS.

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    by catilinus on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:27:28 PM PDT

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