>My take on the attacks on Judge Sotomayor

>For some reason or another, I’m a little uncomfortable with conservatives’ worries about Judge Sotomayor’s inability to contain her empathy in making tough (i.e., male) decisions.

I hate to say it, but this notion that the likes of Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Lindsey Graham, etc. have questions about a woman being able to set aside empathy in favor of fairness and equality (read: conservatism, according to them) stinks of pervasive sexism.

Here is a conglomrate of videos I found on Youtube that compiles the racist, sexist attacks on Judge Sotomayor:

And if that’s not convincing enough, I found plenty more of the relentless, shameful and, yes, hateful attacks on Judge Sotomayor:

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For some reason, these conservatives didn’t display the same type of venom when Justice David Souter was undergoing his confirmation hearings. Also, when Alberto Gonzales was nominated for Attorney General, he was also welcomed with open arms.

Conservative men have this secret club that we all should be aware of: any white man who proudly expresses he’s a Reagan fanboy, denounces the so-called “reverse discrimination” (whose meaning still escapes me) and who denouces affirmative action, abortion, attempts to strip Americans of their 2nd Amendment rights, expresses some form of xenophobia and, lately, who is in favor of the Bush Doctrine. Sure, these men will allow women, gays and lesbians, and minorities in, but under one condition: they must not have any empathy (read: progressive, liberal; or, simply put, a conscience).

As a “wise Latina woman,” Judge Sotomayor is automatically viewed as a liberal because of her ethnicity, skin color and, most importantly, her gender. As we all have been taught since elementary school, girls and women are unable to seperate their emotions and feelings to make rational (male) decisions. Sure, it’s not that blatant, but we all know we’ve been socially trained to believe and accept this point of view.

The attacks on Sotomayor only proves one point that I will make upon closing this out: in order for a woman or a minority to be accepted into the Good Ol’ Boys club, she must denouce all empathy and compassion. Thus, she must become a man.