Everyone keeps talking about Romney's "binders full of women" comment, and considering some of the more offensive things he said during the debate, I'm not sure why everyone decided to harp on about this one. Maybe because it's really an apolitical comment. What does it even mean? Is it sexist? Is it not sexist? (It's sexist.) However, it's troubling that such a comment was picked apart when I don't think that was the most offensive comment he made during the night.
I'm not voting for Romney. That much is obvious, but I still like to respect people's opinions even if I do not agree with them. However, the comment he made in response to the assault weapons question was way more sexist (and racist and homophobic) than the binders one. It just didn't have a catchy phrase that could be parodied around social media. Therefore, no one is really talking about it. When responding to that question, Romney basically implied that single motherhood is to blame for the increase in gun violence, which is a logical step to make if you are bigoted.
Firstly, it's clearly a sexist remark saying that women cannot raise well-rounded children on their own without a man. A point I would like to disagree with wholeheartedly since I was raised by a single mother, and I came out with a stronger moral compass than some people I know who were raised by both parents.
Secondly, it's a homophobic comment. I think we can safely assume that Mitt's ideal family is man + women + children a.k.a. the 'traditional' American family. His comment implied that a 'traditional' home with 'traditional' heads of households raise better children. Traditional does not mean "gay marriage."
Lastly, that comment was racist. Romney wasn't referring to the Aurora shooting, but rather to the local ones that take place everyday in the poorer minority populated areas of cities across America. Historically speaking, Hispanic and African-American children are more likely to grow up in single mother homes, but we live in the 21st century, EVERYONE is getting divorced. That means more women of all colors are finding themselves as the sole bread winners of households. It's no longer just minority women. If Romney's comment held true, suburban kids in single mother households would be also be more likely to participate in acts of violence involving guns. Yet, they aren't, and the reason isn't single mothers. It's what Obama said about those urban areas not receiving enough resources, and the people in the city neighborhoods feeling like they cannot succeed.
So, maybe Romney gaffed the less controversial comment on purpose so there wouldn't be a national discussion on outdated ideas about what it means to be a 'good, traditional' family. Touché. Maybe Fox was right and Romney did win both debates after all.
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