Potential Mayor Christine Quinn Handles Bloomberg's Sexism Like A Boss

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New York, as you know, a mayoral race is about to occur inside your cosmopolitan bubble, bursting your Bloomberg calm with an upcoming democratic primary that is set to get a little nasty. And our girl Christine Quinn's unflinching, defiant, and dramatic gaze on NY Mag — plus the revealing article that accompanied it — only made us dig the Speaker more. Yet, the article reveals some rather touchy truths about what NYC will be facing for the next eight-to-ten months.
The Speaker of the Council, if you haven't noticed, is a woman. She is also a very open lesbian, and a democrat. These three things make her an anomaly: New York has never had a female mayor, much less a lesbian, and a Democrat hasn't been in control of the city since the early '90s. But, for some reason, it's this "woman" thing that is troubling for a lot of Quinn's critics — including snark for her sleek NY Mag turn, or from her pal, Mayor Bloomberg. Bloomberg, who has an obviously close working relationship with Quinn because of her position as Speaker, has certain expectations from the politician — ones he probably wouldn't have if CQ was a dude.
Six pages into the interview (yes, that is a lot to read), Speaker Quinn gave a quick glimpse into what it is like working with our mayor. She says, "The mayor is going to yell at me when I get out of the car because I have flat boots on. The mayor has no use for flat shoes...I was at a parade with him once and he said, ‘What are those?’ and I said, ‘They’re comfortable,’ and he said, ‘I never want to hear those words out of your mouth again.’” She then went on to say, “He likes me in high heels. Let’s see how long it takes before he notices.”
Wait, what? Let us all take a minute to collectively put our brains back into our heads after they shot out through our ears. He never wants to hear the word "comfortable" again? Well, we never want to hear the phrase "gender bias in the workplace" again, but life just isn't fair." Luckily, however, Quinn doesn't take his guff. After she explains that El Bloombito makes quips when she's in between hair-dye appointments, she says, "‘Did you wake up being this big of an asshole? Or did it take, like, all day to ramp up to it to be able to insult me like that?’” And, scene. (NY Mag)

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