Letter: Of course it’s sexist
Re “Ayotte as lapdog. Sexist?” (Monitor Opinion page, April 27):
The image of any woman in a man’s lap being petted and called “good girl” while he sports a snarky grin is offensive and disturbing. And, yes, it’s sexist.
The mere act of portraying her as a dog, maybe not, but the sub-sexual domination of the man with the woman in his lap is.
That you have to ask the question is even more annoying than your allowing it in the Monitor. If a black politician were portrayed by your cartoonist with a farmer dominating him with a whip and some other slavery-toned context, would it be racist? At least admit it’s sexist and move on.
Yep, we’re all grown-ups and we realize that some political satire includes racist depictions and sexist depictions.
To mask what “it is” under the guise of “is it?” lacks the backbone to just say, “Yeah it is, and we allow that in our paper.”
KELLY A. WALTER