SOUTH CAROLINA SENATOR SAYS HE’S SORRY …
As reported exclusively by FITS, Corbin referred to women as “lesser cuts of meat” during a legislative dinner last Tuesday evening in downtown Columbia, S.C. The comment was a reference to the Biblical account of creation, in which God made woman by fashioning her out of a man’s rib. According to Corbin, the rib is a “lesser cut of meat.”
This remark – which quickly went viral – was evidently part of a long-running “ribbing” Corbin has been giving Shealy on gender-related issues. Previously, lawmakers and legislative staffers have told us about comments attributed to Corbin to the effect that women do not belong in the S.C. General Assembly and should instead be “at home baking cookies” or “barefoot and pregnant.”
Apparently the first-term lawmaker – no stranger to bizarre statements – is now rethinking that perspective in light of national coverage his remarks prompted.
“Senator Corbin has telephoned me and we have talked privately,” Shealy wrote on her Facebook page Sunday. “We had a frank conversation. He apologized for what he said last week. I believe he was sincere in offering that apology. Although I do not believe that these type (of) comments are ever acceptable, I accept his apology so we can move forward. He has agreed to make a public apology next week.”
We’ve never been especially keen on politically correct “teachable moments” here at FITS, but sources tell us Corbin has been needling away at Shealy with sexist remarks for months (years, even) … and that she finally reached a “breaking point” and decided to stand up for herself.
Good for her …
Speech is free, obviously, but women shouldn’t have to tolerate that sort of nonsense in any professional setting … let alone a public body. And obviously with free speech comes the need to take responsibility for what comes out of our moths.
Somehow, we suspect Corbin’s female constituents will clue him in on that “responsibility” when he stands for reelection in 2016.