Lynn requests that you not use this kind of language in her presence:
A sentence I would very much like to never have to hear or read again is, “You wouldn’t ask a man that question.”
MODERATOR 1: Okay. Which designers do you prefer?
SECRETARY CLINTON: What designers of clothes?
MODERATOR 1: Yes.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Would you ever ask a man that question? (Laughter.) (Applause.)
MODERATOR 1: Probably not. Probably not. (Applause.)
Or, as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) once snapped at a reporter asking something of similar import: “You would never write about Chuck Schumer’s shoes.”
Reporters are notorious for asking inappropriate, irrelevant and just plain lame questions but people are interested in the personal lives of our leaders and since men and women are different that means different questions for men and women. If you don’t feel that it’s an appropriate time for a particular question the better response would be to say, “I would rather talk about the issues,” or “I would rather talk about [a specific issue].”
My own instinct is to yell out “NEXT!” approximately 3 dB louder than, say, Scott Lucas of Local H at the very end of “All the Kids Are Right.”