NOW condemns Newsweek's Bachmann cover

National Organization for Women denounces "misogynistic" treatment.

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“It’s sexist,” NOW president Terry O’Neill tells the Daily Caller. “Casting her in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage’ I think [it is]. Gloria Steinem has a very simple test: If this were done to a man or would it ever be done to a man — has it ever been done to a man? Surely this has never been done to a man."

NOW is undoubtedly a progressive organization, but their support for Bachmann regarding the magazine cover is direct and powerful.

"Who has ever called a man ‘The King of Rage?’ Basically what Newsweek magazine — and this is important, what Newsweek magazine, not a blog, Newsweek magazine — what they are saying of a woman who is a serious contender for President of the United States of America…They are basically casting her as a nut job,” O’Neill said. “The ‘Queen of Rage’ is something you apply to wrestlers or somebody who is crazy. They didn’t even do this to Howard Dean when he had his famous scream.”

“The main reason why we would stand up for Michele Bachmann and defend her against these kind of misogynistic attacks is we want women to run for office. Of course my job is to defeat Michele Bachmann and I intend to do so. But good women will not run for office if Newsweek magazine can do this to such a prominent politician and get away with it.”

Reacting to the collective outrage on Monday, Newsweek's Tina Brown tweeted that "Michelle Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek’s cover captures that."

Earlier this summer, CL reported on the state of feminism, circa 2011, as the National Organization for Women prepared to come to Tampa for their annual summer event.

As we try to do, we spoke to a variety of folks about the venerable group, formed in 1966 to fight for women's rights. The group undoubtedly skews liberal, and thus conservative women are some of their greatest critics.

But NOW did stand up when Bill Maher used a nasty term to describe Sarah Palin (later than when their critics called for, but still), and on Tuesday afternoon, they blasted Newsweek (edited by Tina Brown) for its cover photo of Michelle Bachmann that has her looking a little bit crazed.

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