Listeners Respond: Elena Kagan on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

If confirmed to the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan will only be the fourth woman to serve on the bench. Yesterday, we spoke with Lori Ringhand, a professor of law at the University of Georgia about a new study that shows that women and minorities get harsher questioning in hearings. Takeaway listeners had lots to say.

Elle responded on our website, writing:

Though it's true that in the questioning there is indeed more grilling, it is not "anti-woman" to do such a thing since it is acknowledging that a woman is more intelligent and judicially capable. A woman is more capable to "take it" and should be held to a higher standard, one that has her proving her intellectual prowess and legal savvy. Males after all, cannot have so much expected of them.

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Paul Taslimi from Medford, MA

I have little to say about the so called "grilling" of Elena Kagan other than it provides yet another opportunity for senators on the right to bandy their cynical regard for whatever and whomever happens to be endowed with more intelligence than a potato. I have more to say, however, about the showcased comment from Elle. Unfortunately she is quite wrong. The grilling of Kagan demonstrates very clearly not the acknowledgement that women are more judicially more capable but the the acknowlegement that the republican mind set has more to do with what is more politically opportunistic than what is good for this nation with a wee bit of "well, well here we got another woman trying to get into the boys club so lets make her run a few miles more", thrown in for good measure. Its disgusting behavior and to brandish it with arguments like women are somehow more capable of "taking it" is a mistake. No woman should "take it" ever, and most particularly when it is pure unadulterated rubbish like this "grilling".

Jun. 30 2010 07:55 AM

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