Freeman’s Masculinist Claim

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Charles Freeman, Obama’s choice to lead the National Intelligence Council, gave an interview to NPR today.  Asked whether he was surprised at the opposition to his (potential) leadership, Freeman replied, “Public service isn’t for sissies.”  

Separate and apart from the question of whether Freeman was the right person for the job, I was disappointed to hear him describe “public service” (and the criticism that comes with it) as the exclusive domain of the “manly man.”  

-Bridget Crawford

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