Katherine Fenton of Floral Park felt ‘extremely lucky’ to have an opportunity to ask a question during the second presidential debate held at Hofstra University. It was her question on gender inequality in the workplace that elicited the much mocked ‘binder full of women’ response from Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
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But, the pre-K teacher isn’t impressed. According to her, neither candidate provided her with a satisfactory answer to her question. ‘My question was, 'What do you intend to do about the issue?' They talked about what they have done, but that wasn't my question,’ the 24-year-old said.
She felt disappointed that both focused on their record rather than their plans for the next four years. President Obama while answering her question mentioned the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which expands workers’ right to sue based on discriminatory practices.
On the other hand, challenger Mitt Romney talked about his efforts as governor of recruiting women to serve in his Massachusetts administration.
In addition to this Katherine also felt offended on the way people on the internet treated the entire issue. ‘A lot of people are using it as a joke,’ she said. ‘But I hope it made some people actually think about the election.’
In her overall opinion about the debate Fenton said that neither candidate won the debate, but President Obama’s performance was better than his rival.
On the flip side of the situation, conservative writers and bloggers started a campaign on Twitter to defame Katherine by calling her as a ‘feminazi’. According to Matthew Vadum,a staunch critic of Obama policies tweeted:
Katherine Fenton, questioner, brings up the feminazi leftist lie that women don't get paid equally.— Matthew Vadum (@vadum) October 17, 2012
Another Twitter user GregGutfeld suggested that Fenton was an Obama plant when he tweeted:
This is what's called the "Sandra Fluke" intermission.— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) October 17, 2012