Friday, July 21, 2006

My thoughts on the grope seen round the world....

of course I'm referring to the Prezzydunce's Proud Moment at the G8.

I recognized this move immediately, I've been on the receiving end a few times. Most women in business recognized it immediately, I'll bet. Watch it - he's not really greeting her, in fact his eyes are elsewhere as he squeezes her shoulders. Most significantly, he's interrupting her while she is seated at the conference table, engaged in conversation with the man next to her. It's what I think of as the "Little Lady" move. The one used by men who are insecure with women seated at the conference table talking with the menfolk. It bothers them. Consciously or unconsciously, when these insecure little boys see a woman engaged in serious business talk, they do something to break it up. The usual technique is to come up and start talking to the man in the conversation as if the woman isn't even there - "Whatever she's saying isn't as important as what I'm about to say to you." Sometimes they do this with a casual "excuse me" as if they'd bumped the girl pouring the coffee. In this case Inarticulate George didn't have words at the ready (surprise) so he touched her, causing the Chancellor of Germany to jump in her seat and most likely lose her train of thought.

If he'd greeted her and squeezed her shoulders in a friendly way, okay, it would have been inappropriate in that setting but not nearly as telling as this move. His eyes were elsewhere. It wasn't a friendly gesture. It was the oh-so-typical reaction of a man who gets uncomfortable when a strong woman talks about "important things." His instinctive reaction was to interrupt her. Subtly undermine her presence at the table. Of course, in a way that could be denied later - "I didn't mean anything by it!"

Much is being made of the "sexual harassment" angle of this, and it IS a form of harassment - a subtle kind that happens every day. It says volumes about his attitude toward women. Years of observations have been made about the women in his administration -the phrase "worshipful vestal virgins" fits. Hell, he was going to put Harriet Miers on the Supreme Court based on nothing more than her personal devotion to Himself. Women with power who don't think he's the center of the universe cause oogy jealous feelings in this middle-aged boy.

I guess we can all thank Battle-Ax Babs for this.

5 comments:

Jane said...

I saw the video in passing, but didn't have time to find out more. Now that I know WHO he was groping, I'm even more dumbfounded! "Inappropriate" doesn't even scratch the surface, does it? I'm speecless, but I'm glad you're not, Catherine.

Sue Woo said...

I think moves like that (and they happen all the time) are to let the little lady know who's in charge- and it ain't her. He wouldn't have done that to a man.

Catherine said...

Sue - I agree. That's why I call it the "Little Lady" move - it's demeaning and disrespectful under any circumstances, but to do it to the Chancellor of Germany? It says a great deal about the already low opinion the world holds of this dipshit that there wasn't any real international fallout. They're resigned to the fact that the President of the United States is a tiresome frat boy.

Geogrrl said...

I was thinking exactly what you wrote. It wasn't sexual harassment in the sense that many mean it. It was a form of harassment meant to belittle and distract. I've seen that move before.

Ginnie said...

It was such a familiar touch. As in, he was being too familiar. And so competely innapropriate in any circumstance for a man to touch, uninvited, a woman with whom he is not intimate. I love that she didn't sit there silentely, but really rected. But his attitude is that of many priveledged men. Every woman is there for you to disregard.