Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has a bone to pick with working ladies.
The 2016 presidential hopeful says he experienced culture shock when he traveled to New York City to film his Fox News show — and it wasn’t all the black clothes. Huckabee told Jan Mickelson, a radio host in Iowa, that professional New Yorkers have a profanity problem. But what he’s really disappointed about are women who curse.
Huckabee said on the air: "In a business meeting that you might have in the South or in the Midwest there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the F-bomb and use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting. In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women do it. You just are looking around saying, 'My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk.' This would be considered totally inappropriate to say these things in front of a woman. And for a woman to say them in a professional setting, we would only assume that this is a very, as we would say in the South, 'That's just trashy!'"
Excuse us while we get off our fainting couches, but how can a man looking to lead our country in 2016 still think that women are such delicate — and therefore unequal — flowers? What’s more, he expects women to maintain an entirely different office etiquette, acting as the Gatekeepers of Morality. (Are we going to be paid extra for this part-time job?)
Sure, there’s a conversation to be had about what constitutes professional language, but holding women to a different level of propriety screams sexism. Why is it particularly more transgressive when women deviate from being butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-our-mouths “nice girls”?
Radio host Mickelson does address workplace equality, asking, "Would you figure [women] do it because that's what they expect, and that's what women, if they want to be perceived as equal, they have to be just as debased as guys?"
Huckabee agrees: "I think that's part of it.”
But when true workplace equality is achieved, the comparison of being “just as debased as guys” evaporates. There is simply the statement that New Yorkers have different workplace etiquette than other parts of the country. Whether it’s a lady or a man dropping “the F-bomb” becomes irrelevant.