First Lady Michelle Obama gave some sexist-stereotyping, yet financially sound, advice to college-bound “girls” on Tuesday.
Singling young women out of the crowd of more than 130 college-bound young men and women at her “Reach Higher Beating the Odds Summit” at the White House, Mrs. Obama said that irresponsible “girls” blow their financial aid money on “shoes” and “getting their hair done”:
“And your financial aid money is not for stereo equipment, it's not for shoes. Girls, it's not for getting your hair done. Because I know too many -- I was an associate dean at the University of Chicago, and so many first-generation students couldn’t finish a semester because they ran out of money.”
Question: Would a conservative MALE be able to get away with making a comment like this?
“Many of you, if not most of you, will be on financial aid,” Mrs. Obama said, adding that they’re “going to get a big, fat check,” which they’re going to have to spend wisely:
“You're going to get a big fat check, and somebody is going to hand it to you, and you're going to put it in the bank. And that doesn’t mean you can pay mom's electricity bill or send money home. Because when you spend that money, it's gone. The financial aid folks are not going to give you more money because you misspent it. So you’ve got to take that seriously.
“It would be a shame if you didn’t finish -- once you got in and did the work, and then you couldn’t finish a semester or a quarter because you ran out of money because you didn’t manage your money.”