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July-19-04

Governor Schwarzenegger Unapologetic for Sexist, Homophobic Remark

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger denigrated members of the California Legislature by referring to them as 'girlie men' at a rally on Saturday. The comment came in a speech to drum up support for the governors budget, which is currently more than two weeks late, according to the LA Times.

Members of the state legislature, of which one-fourth are women, were angered by the governors belittling remark and the homophobia and sexism it contained. Senator Sheila Kuehl (D) told the LA Times, Its really painful to hear the governor resort to such blatant homophobia. Its like he cant get his way so he resorts to some kind of name-calling. The Miami Herald reports that Governor Schwarzenegger was unapologetic for his comments, though he omitted any mention of lawmakers as girlie men in a subsequent speech given Sunday. Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, commented on the misogyny that underlies the governors comment: Women are strong. And to denigrate half the human race is pretty sick. But thats what hes doing. Hes trying to denigrate the males by denigrating females.

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Media Resources: LA Times 7/18/04, Miami Herald 7/19/04