Rather than recognizing that women, like men, consider a variety of factors when deciding whom to support for president — that some actually believe that government has grown so large as to make life harder for people to succeed and want policy reforms to limit government — Obama suggests that women who stray from the Democratic fold must be dupes. The implication is that the interests and solidarity of women as a sex should supersede all other considerations, allowing for no other diversity of thought.

Obama doesn’t seem to recognize that such a deterministic view of women is the antithesis of true respect for individuality and diversity. Accepting that men will choose candidates based on policy agendas, experience and character, while expecting women to vote simply for the candidate that shares their gender, is a rather sexist view of women.