Further to my question I posted yesterday on the significance of the term “woman driver” used by Rush Limbaugh, I have another question:
Limbaugh’s use of ‘woman driver’ in a derogatory context reminds me of when President Bill Clinton referred to Monica Lewinsky as “that woman,” not Ms Lewinsky, that lady, or even “she or her” when he admitted to having an affair with her before the press corps.
When male celebrities are involved with an “improper relationship,” and have to acknowledge the affair in front of the press corps, they often (almost always to me) call the other side “that woman.”
Isn’t this insulting to not only the counterpart woman, but women in general? Why do they use “that woman” to the lady they were once intimate with?