The universal phenomenon of men interrupting women

Jerome Frank
June 17, 2017

If she were a white male, she would be praised for her tough questions and no-nonsense demeanor.

Powers asked: "Can I just go back to something [Miller] said?"

Why do Republican senators only interrupt when Kamala Harris is asking questions?

"The fact that women are outnumbered in every room puts them in a position where they're often coming up against gender-based stereotypes", said Deborah Gillis, president and chief executive officer of Catalyst, which works for women's advancement in business. Harris was in the midst of pressing Sessions to name that policy, explain it, and say whether he's reviewed it since when Sen.

The co-hosts played a clip from Tuesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in which Harris attempted to cut off Sessions from finishing his answer to speed along her questioning.

Miller repeated that he felt Harris was trying to "shout down" Sessions, which drew a further retort from Powers. However, instead of "passionate", Harris is viewed as "combative" and "hysterical" - two terms used by political contributors and senators to describe Harris's method of questioning.

At one point, an exasperated Sessions noted that she should allow him to finish a question before branding am a liar. "Since it came to light Sessions misled during his testimony in front of the Senate, I have called on him to resign", she tweeted.

Harris is a Black woman that has always been passionate about her career, and that same passion can be seen in her delivery method of questioning in the last two televised hearings.

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Harris was asking whether Rosenstein would give unlimited authority to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel appointed in May to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, when Burr and McCain interjected. Harris, however, will not be seen creating moments of candor; she will instead continue to be a woman who is passionate about her role in America, and a woman that deserves our respect.

Sessions was so jarred by her onslaught that he even blurted out "I'm not able to be rushed this fast, it makes me nervous". Kamala Harris is a refreshing, truth-seeking voice. "She was very dogged". It also happened during the Comey testimony when Kamala Harris was told, "Be a good girl".

"I think she was hysterical", Miller stated, sticking to his guns.

Miller replied that during the exchange between Harris and attorney general, it "didn't seem like there was any effort to try to get to a real question or to the bottom of things". The more information the better, so I think you can qualify as much as you need to, and especially considering the source. "Wyden was trying to get to the bottom of answers either", Miller said.

Another CNN Trump surrogate, Jeffrey Lord, eventually jumped in to claim that "hysteria is a neutral quality".

Hostin said, "Calling a woman hysterical is sexist".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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