If you are still under the illusion that Obama is some kind of feminist, even after Ron Suskind’s book Confidence Men showed otherwise, look no further than the rationalizations anonymous White House spokesmen are giving about why Janet Yellen is not favored to be appointed the next Fed Chairman. This piece by Neil Irwin has gotten a lot of coverage for the past couple of days because it spells out exactly why women are not welcome in the Obama administration or anywhere else where the Obama fanboys have influence.
But I told you exactly what the mentality of these sexist assholes was a couple of years ago. That’s because women in the corporate world have been there. And Obama hired these guys to run his show:
The short story, it’s typical corporate under-the-radar discrimination. The women staffers and cabinet members will no doubt be told that they are being too sensitive or paranoid but after their work fails to get the recognition it deserves or requires, she’s going to feel the stress of always being on the outside looking in and missing the crucial milestones necessary to get a promotion and exercise power. When the crucial decision making meetings happen, she won’t be aware of them. They might be impromptu, like during lunch at a table where few women are invited to join. Or at golf games. Or a meeting may be arranged where the scheduler has a propensity for the hierarchical and no juniors are invited, most of those juniors happening to be women. Or the female staffer may need to gather information and sends out a survey email, which for some unknown reason, several more senior sycophants fail to respond to. Or at a department meeting during your presentation, the guys talk over you or interrupt you or speed up your presentation or slow it down so they can ask you questions that were not in the scope of the presentation. If you’ve been taking data, you’ll have realized by now that men rarely receive this kind of treatment, but it all contributes to making you look just a little bit unprepared or not quite knowing what’s really going on (because you weren’t there when they told the guys what was really going on). Heck, you’re lucky you get a chance to present at all. The stars get their 45 minutes of fame at every meeting while you have to book a slot months in advance. That kind of stuff.
With the “She’s not a team player” rumors flying out there, Yellen is already doomed to be the least successful Fed Chairman ever appointed. Team Player is code word for not one of us, i.e. male. The White House has already pre-approved the implicit bias treatment of Yellen. She won’t know what’s going on when her subordinates meet and unless she’s got some plan to monitor their behavior, she won’t know when they’re ignoring her emails or dragging their feet. If she raises her voice or expects results, they’ll call her “difficult to get along with”, which is code word for “bitch”. Eventually, she’ll be called ineffective and the White House guys will have won.
We already know this. Because many women have already lived it. The landscape we survey in the Yellen- Summers competition is well known territory. What’s so surprising is that the White House has absolutely no shame in putting it out there. They are either so stupid they are unaware that they are admitting to implicit bias of a sexist nature or they are arrogant enough to think they can get away with it. Well, the country has been letting them get away with sexist shit and rewarded them for it since 2008. In neither case does it reflect well on Obama, his White House staff or his economic policy.
Running the Fed well isn’t their point at all. It’s getting their way, being in total control, winning. It’s the dick waving thing again. Don’t expect Obama to come down on this kind of behavior. Instead, he appears to be quite comfortable with it. Well, it’s worked so well for him. Sort of sums it all up, doesn’t it?