If Hillary Was A MAN, Would Americans Say She Was Shouting?

Canada
January 23, 2013 9:18pm CST
It's all over the news, the debate between Hillary and some Republican senator regarding what happened in Bengahzi. Many have said she was SHOUTING at him. In all honesty, I've heard plenty of men express themselves much louder than her, and I've heard some pretty serious debates on the Anderson Cooper show, for example, where a person will completely talk over another, including over Anderson himself. I don't think Hillary was shouting, she was simply expressing herself assertively.
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@BarBaraPrz (20544)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Jan 13
I heard a bit of it on the news last night, and she HAD to shout to get her point across: the others weren't letting her get a word in edgewise. But I don't think she was using full force, just being assertive.
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
24 Jan 13
BarBaraPrz I don't agree...I watched a lot of the hearing and she was given plenty of opportunity to answer..in fact imo she used a lot of her time with unnecessary fill imo to avoid the pointed damaging questions...
@BarBaraPrz (20544)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Jan 13
I was just going by the clip I heard on the radio.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
24 Jan 13
Yes.
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• United States
26 Jan 13
Personally, I don't care if people think she was shouting or now. The IDIOT, wasn't listening to her, he didn't care what the answer was, and what happened there is beyond his security clearance. I have no idea who allowed this IDIOT on this committee, but he should learn about what he is talking about from official reports NOT FOX NEWS.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
24 Jan 13
It has some truth in it... I think they would say it, but it wouldn't be such a scandal and shock. Because there are still people who still expect woman to be silent creatures with modest smiles and downcast eyes, who "don't butt into men's business".
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
24 Jan 13
doroffee Sadly this is true of some men....It will take generations for women all over the world to finally be treated fairly...some men don't give up power so easily..especially insecure men
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Jan 13
My teenage daughter has the same debate tactic. When you don't like the question and you can't answer without lying or telling a truth you don't want to admit to, you just talk louder and slam a door or pound your fist and deflect. The loud voice is supposed to intimidate so the question will be forgotten. And if she shouts, it should be reported that she shouted. I do think that an instance of anyone shouting instead of answering the question, male or female, would be reported the same. And if women want to be taken seriously, we can't fall back on the Victorian code of manners that would make us say she "expressed herself assertively" in order to treat women with more delicacy and as creatures who would never shout.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
24 Jan 13
Rollo1 LOL sad but true of not just teens...They feel the best defense is an offense and use language and aggression to try to convince... The opposite of being seen not heard is just as harmful...
@crossbones27 (20779)
• Redlands, California
24 Jan 13
In my opinion the tone of her voice was necessary for the situation. If people would of watched it live they would of understood that. On another note, I shout all the time that way people will think I am crazy and shut the hell up. Men and women should try it.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
24 Jan 13
I totally agree with you! Unfortunately there is a double standard when it comes to men versa women. She was making a point and trying to get it across over the senators who I felt were badgering her. I think they just don't like her for some reason or other. Let me tell you if it was a younger prettier female testifying they would not have been treating her in this manner. The senators make me sick each and everyone of them. They walk around thinking they are better then all the rest when in reality they are the biggest problem in Government today.
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
24 Jan 13
You are correct to some extent. There have been some men who have shouted more than Hilliary for sure. And it is true that Hilliary is getting flak for it more than some have. The problem is not her gender though. Nothing to do with her being a woman. Nothing at all. It has to do with her being a scum bag. She is one of the most corrupt sleezy politicians in our recent history. As a result she gains more hatred than most, and more scrutiny than most. When you have a reputation of immoral behavior, and have a high level of hatred following you, people tend to notice things that otherwise wouldn't be all that important.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
24 Jan 13
Apparently we watch different news stations because what I've been hearing is "You GO Girl!"...lol. But seriously, I'm afraid we have a long way to go before strong women are perceived in the say way as men. If a man "raises his voice" or talks "tough" he's strong in a good way while if a woman does it she's "shrill" or "ruthless". You're absolutely right, I've also heard plenty of men get much louder, most notably among them two of Hillary's LOUDEST critics Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. She WAS expressing herself assertively and showing genuine emotion, something her Republican detractors know little about. Annie
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
24 Jan 13
danishcanadian She was being assertive in my opinion and had every 'right' to do so....however, she also dogged many of the questions and squirmed a bit and that too was appropriate.. I think she mishandled the whole affair...and I thought about the bold face lie she told and admitted she lied, when saying she was under sniper fire when landing at a Bosnia airport way back in 1996
@AmbiePam (49884)
• United States
24 Jan 13
Would they still say she was shouting if she were a man? Yes, I believe they would. I don't care.