Wednesday, 15 June 2016

'Stop shaming women for having sex while men get a pat on the back'- President Obama

Obama might be the first sitting American president to publicly condemning the perception that men are studs for having multiple sexual partners and that women who do the same are, well, terms we prefer not to use here.

 "We need to change the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality, but gives men a pat on the back for theirs," he said Tuesday.

When he declared this during the White House Summit on the United State of Women, a conference that tackled reproductive health, among other issues, the crowd of advocates, businesspeople and students exploded in applause.

The president called himself a feminist.

"I might be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like," he said.

"We're going to have to change the way we see ourselves," he said. "This is happening already, but we need to be more intentional about it."

Then he quoted Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress: "The emotional, sexual and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It's a girl."

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