WH petition asks Obama to stop calling women ‘wives, mothers and daughters’

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Feminists want President Obama to stop calling women “wives, mothers and daughters” and use more “inclusive language” when talking about women. (Isn’t every woman a daughter? Just saying.)

The president seemed to have struck a nerve, prompting a White House petition after the State of the Union address calling for Obama to stop defining “women by their relationships to other people.”

The petition, which only has just over 2,700 signatures, reads:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Stop using the “wives, mothers, & daughters” rhetorical frame that defines women by their relationships to other people.

In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama said: “We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace and free from the fear of domestic violence.”

This “our wives, mothers, and daughters” phrase is one he routinely employs, but it is counterproductive to the women’s equality the President is ostensibly supporting.

Defining women by their relationships to other people is reductive, misogynist, and alienating to women who do not define ourselves exclusively by our relationships to others. Further, by referring to “our” wives et al, the President appears to be talking to The Men of America about Their Women, rather than talking to men AND women.

Please embrace inclusive language, Mr. President.

Egad, ladies. Get over yourselves. This is the only thing the president has done that upsets you? Wake up.

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