This was a small moment in what is shaping up to be truly a long and grueling campaign season, so I will keep this brief.
First, the video.
Notice anything wrong here? Like the fact Mitt Romney asks the husband for permission to touch his wife? He didn’t ask her, and to be fair, she didn’t look like she was unhappy about it, but little things like this always rub me the wrong way. Haven’t we moved past the whole women equal property thing? The Daily Kos caught this tidbit and add the point,
Too bad her father wasn’t around so Mitt could get his permission too.
Things like this are not huge gaffes, and should be treated as such, but they do bother me. My wife and I have an amusing game we play whenever we buy groceries. When I pay, the clerk always hands me the receipt. When Bryna pays, the clerk almost always hands me the receipt. It isn’t a conscious decision, but rather vestiges of antiquated thinking (“the man is the head of the household and of course he is the one taking care of the money”). This is something often called male privilege.
It is worth it to take a moment and examine the little things that we do, so that we can leave this sort of thoughtlessness in the past where it belongs.