Media “power through” the idea that it’s strong, not stupid to violate doctors’ orders when sick
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum
Nothing shows you’re a strong woman like getting pushed into a van.
We may never know exactly what health issues lay behind Hillary Clinton’s apparent collapse at a 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday, but we do know one thing for sure:
It took no time for the mainstream media to pick up whatever explanation for the episode that the Clinton campaign decided to throw at them and repeat it so many times that it became official:
Hillary was “powering through.”
“Campaign manager Robby Mook and spokespeople Brian Fallon and Kristina Schake all repeated the talking point ad nauseam in their cable appearances on Monday. The media picked it up as well, with reporters on CNN and MSNBC using the phrase to describe how Hillary Clinton bravely reacted to a pneumonia diagnosis on Friday.
“The campaign did not disclose that she had pneumonia until after her near-collapse when she abruptly left New York’s 9/11 memorial on Sunday, initially saying she felt overheated.”
And then Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams gets into the act, pointing out that “powering through” life-threatening illnesses is just one of those things that women have to do because sexism:
“That’s just what’s expected of women in the workforce, so that’s what gets done.”