During a speech last year to young girls in Argentina about education and empowerment, former first lady Michelle Obama instead delivered a “woe is me” diatribe in which she portrayed herself as a victim of sexism.
“As I got older, I found that men would whistle at me or make comments about how I looked as I walked down the street,” she told the young ladies, as quoted by Time magazine. “As if my body were their property. As if I were an object to be commented on instead of a full human being with thoughts and feelings of my own.”
While that’s a common sentiment shared by many women, some found fault with the then-first lady’s testimony, claiming the speech should have been about empowerment, not victimhood.
An unnamed writer for Mad World News opined at the time that instead of delivering an arrogant spiel “about having succeeded despite being sexy in a ‘man’s world,’” Obama should have sought to genuinely empower the young ladies “with a message that they can do anything they set their minds to.”
Instead she chose to brag “about herself and the accomplishments she’s had in life,” describe “how she had to overcome a lot simply for being a woman” and “whine that she wasn’t taken seriously because of her gender.”
Yet for a woman who allegedly had it so hard, Obama managed to graduate Princeton University cum laude, earn a degree from Harvard Law School, practice law in the field and service in various high-profile government positions in the city of Chicago, according to a profile of her at Biography.com.