March 31, 2007

Girl talk

Tony Snow's understudy Dana Perino has been thrust into daily handling of press secretary duties at the White House thanks to Snow's cancer recurrence. Perino seems to be off to a creditable start, but one bit of reported "girl talk" about her sudden transition struck an odd note.

Perino has been flooded with calls of support, including one, she says, from Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who told her: "Put your big-girl panties on."

There is no male equivalent to such a phrase, not even remotely. ("Put your jockstrap on" would come from an entirely different place.)

Does Hillary Clinton talk that way?

Posted by Alan at March 31, 2007 09:08 PM