Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Labeled "Porky" & "Chubby" By Male Politicians, But She Had The Last Word
On Sunday, Beyonce appeared at the VMAs as a billboard for feminism. On Monday, the Emmys placed Sofia Vergara on a rotating pedestal. On Wednesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand revealed male senators called her "porky," among other demeaning qualifiers. And the world is back to spinning on its Sofia Vergara-as-a-living-object axel.
Gillibrand, like seemingly all women senators (and former women senators) these days, has a new book coming out about her career in politics. Judging from her recent interview with People magazine, it appears it'll be instantly spicier than Hillary Clinton's politics-by-numbers Hard Choices.
Although Gillibrand's Off The Sidelines doesn't hit shelves until Sep. 9, the New York senator teased us with some enlightening anecdotes, such as the sexist remarks she received from her male colleagues over the years. Gillibrand claims these comments were made after she gave birth to her second child and she was struggling to lose weight. (It's worth noting that Gillibrand is one of just six women who have given birth while members of Congress.)
In an excerpt published online at People.com:
[Gillibrand] shares a sobering incident in the congressional gym, where an older, male colleague told her, "Good thing you're working out, because you wouldn't want to get porky!" On another occasion, she writes, after she dropped 50 lbs. one of her fellow Senate members approached her, squeezed her stomach, and said, "Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!"
"They had no clue that those are inappropriate things to say to a pregnant woman or a woman who just had a baby or to women in general," Gillibrand told People.
The full interview won't be released until Friday when the new issue hits newsstands, but The New York Post reported a few other stories that were left out of the People excerpt. For instance, one Congressman allegedly said flat-out to Gillibrand while walking her down the chamber aisle: "You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat."
However, Gillibrand did get back at that one male politician who allegedly called her "porky," in the most diplomatic way possible: "Thanks, asshole."
There's no word yet if Gillibrand's autobiography includes any commentary on the time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid described her as the "hottest member" of Congress at a fundraiser in 2010. According to Reid, Gillibrand was known only in the Senate for her perfect blonde hair, though he eventually acknowledged that she was pretty knowledgable about, you know, public policy and such.
Although the aforementioned sexist accounts are reportedly published in the senator's upcoming book, not everyone is taking it as truth. Politico congressional reporter John Bresnahan tweeted Wednesday evening that he challenges Gillibrand's claims. He later sent out an apology tweet.
To be fair, not everything that's published ends up being true (funny how that works). We'll give Gillibrand the benefit of the doubt on this one — or maybe we should just ask Harry Reid what he thinks.
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