The West Wing on Sexism

Menstuff® has compiled the following copy from a minute 47 seconds of the 2/6/02 television show The West Wing.

The West Wing, 2/6/02. 1:47


Sam Seborn: Hello, there she is. Celia. I asked Ainsley and she said she didn't mind at all plus Charlie said it's fine with him.

Celia: Charlie's a man.

Charlie: Damn right

Ainsley Hayes continues with business…It's important

Sam: I also think it's important to make it clear that I'm not a sexist.

Charlie: And that I'm all man.

Ainsley: You're Celia.

Celia: Yes.

Ainsley: He's not a sexist.

Celia: If you're willing to let your sexuality diminish your power.

Ainsley: I'm sorry.

Celia: I said, I'm surprised that you're willing to let your sexuality diminish your power.

Ainsley: I don't even know what that means.

Celia: I think you do.

Ainsley: And I think you think I'm made out of candy glass, Celia. If somebody says something that offends you, tell them, but all women don't have to think alike.

Celia: I didn't say they did and when someone said something that offended me I did say so.

Ainsley: I like it when the guys tease me. It's an inadvertent show of respect I'm on the team and I don't mind it when it gets sexual and you know what, I like sex.

Charlie: Hello.

Ainsley. I don't think whatever sexuality I am have diminishes my power. I think it enhances it.

Celia: And what kind of feminism do you call that?

Ainsley: My kind.

Woman in background: It's called lipstick feminism. I call it stiletto feminism.

Sam: Stilettos?

Ainsley: You're not in enough trouble already?

Sam: I suppose I am.

Celia: Isn't the point the Sam wouldn't be able to find another way to be chummy with a woman who wasn't sexually appealing.

Ainsley: He would be able to but that isn't the point. The point is that sexual revolution tends to get in the way of actual revolution, nonsense issues distract attention away from real ones: Pay equity, child care, honest to god sexual harassment, and in this case, a speech in front of the UN General assembly, so you (to Sam) 25% on the assessments for category a, you (to Charlie) I don't know what your thing is, and you (to Celia) stop trying to take the fun out of my day. With that, I'm going to get a cup cake.

Long pause:

Sam: Well, for the moment at least, I'm going to do what she's telling me to do.

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The dogma of women's complete historical subjection to men must be rated as one of the most fantastic myths ever created by the human mind. - Mary Ritter Beard

 



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