Women of Politix, did you watch Obama's State of the Union? Did it strike a false note when Obama referred to you? In case you've forgotten, here's what the president said: "We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace and free from the fear of domestic violence."
It certainly struck a false note with the 1,500+ people who signed the White House petition asking Obama to "stop using the 'wives, mothers, & daughters' rhetorical frame that defines women by their relationships to other people."
As the petition alleges, the phrasing is a problem not just because defining women in relation to men is belittling. It's also because Obama seemed to be talking to men about "our" women - and not addressing women in his State of the Union at all.