Imagine if sexism were policed, both socially and literally, as strongly as racism is.
ATWATER [California] — In the past several months Atwater City Councilman Gary Frago has sent at least a half-dozen e-mails to city staff and other prominent community members containing racist jokes aimed at President Barack Obama, his wife and black people in general.
In all, the Sun-Star obtained seven e-mails that Frago sent from October 2008 to February 2009 from an anonymous source.
Some compared Obama to O.J. Simpson while others suggested that “nigger rigs” should now be called “presidential solutions.”
Perhaps the most overboard e-mail was sent on Jan. 15. It read: “Breaking News Playboy just offered Sarah Palin $1 million to pose nude in the January issue. Michelle Obama got the same offer from National Geographic.”
Yep, that’s pretty damn racist. But, can you even imagine a world in which sexist “jokes” were treated the same way? It’s difficult, no? Every morning dances and/or I clean out the spam filter of anywhere from 30 to 60 pornographic comments (with a fair number of cialis and adderall ads in the mix). I gotta tell ya, it’s a really sucky job (dwp gets there before me almost every day, so if it’s depressing for me it must be even moreso for her.) Teen handjobs, teens having sex with animals, Granny porn, incest of every possible variety, torture videos. It’s disgusting. It’s perverted. It’s assaulting. And it’s 100% legal. To even object to it invites people to call you a whiner or a frigid, uptight, sexless hag.
I’m not saying all pornography/erotica is inherently sexist, some of it probably isn’t. But that’s not the point. Not all ethnic jokes are offensive. Or are they? We’ve advanced socially to the point that most people object to Italian/Polish/Catholic jokes almost as strenuously as they do to racial jokes. That’s great. But nagging wives still sell beer on TV. And bitchy, back-biting women still form the majority of television roles. Bimbo jokes? No problemo, especially when aimed at the governor of Alaska.
As I said earlier, the important question is WHY? Why do public women invariably become targets of SEXIST attacks? Pelosi’s looks, Clinton’s Cankles, Janet Huckabee the Ugly Dog, Palin the Bimbo, etc etc. Why is it socially acceptable to target ANY woman with sexism?
When obama is targeted for attacks on his politics/policies/resume/job performance etc etc it is perfectly acceptable. But when he’s targeted for racist attacks everyone but the most diehard neanderthals objects. Strenuously.
But women in politics dont get that. I dont know why it’s so difficult for some people to see the distinction between attacking a politician on substance and attacking him with racist stereotypes of gorillas or slaves or black-man-as-animal. Oops, when I type it that way, EVERYONE gets it. But if I type: I dont know why it’s so difficult for some people to see the distinction between attacking a politician on substance and attacking her with sexist stereotypes of bitches, uppity women, or woman-as-sex-object of men. When typed THAT way, otherwise intelligent people seem to temporarily lose some brain cells.
As Hillary supporters we saw first hand how frenzied and insane the Clinton Derangement Syndrome was. We correctly identified the very level of vitriol aimed at her as inherently sexist.
Unfortunately, some on the Left continue to be either willfully or ignorantly blind to the damage done TO THE LEFT and our principles of Palin Derangement Syndrome.
The problem for the Obama Movement during the Primaries was how STRONG Hillary’s support was. They didnt count on that. They also didnt count on how strong and capable SHE was .And since they couldn’t kill Clinton on policy, campaigning, politics, resume, or public support, they killed her with sexism and cheating.
Which is exactly why the continuing countenancing by those on the LEFT of CDS or PDS or any other sexist attacks on public women is so pernicious. If Clinton had run in an environment in which sexist attacks were utterly impermissible the Obama Movement would have been left with only cheating to win.
And then he would have lost.
So. Yup, I’m going to continue to object to PDS and to encourage Sarah Palin to run for President. Even if I don’t freaking vote for her I really WANT her to run. This nation has a SERIOUS woman problem. And the only way we’re going to solve it is if we KEEP TALKING, keep fighting sexism whenever and wherever it shows its ugly face, and keep encouraging MORE and MORE women to enter the race. Sarah Palin IS a target of sexism. She’ll likely lose if she chooses to run because of the double and triple standards applied to women who run for office, not to mention the truly appalling sexist caricatures the LEFT won’t stop drawing of her.
But in order for us to live in a world in which sexism is policed as strongly as racism is, we’re gonna need a few more martyrs.