S.O.S. Stop the Onslaught of Sexism
2008 was a banner year for sexism in the mainstream media. This year we learned that it is perfectly acceptable for national news correspondents and pundits to refer to women candidates for national office as castrators, typical ex-wives, nags, Barbie Dolls, and to advocate their murders. The misogyny from public institutions was not reserved only for the candidates, one a sitting Senator and the other a respected, reformist Governor. Nope, everyone from Chris Matthews to Keith Olbermann to Jack Cafferty knew that it was perfectly okay to disparage, discourage, and ridicule entire voting blocs of regular Americans as bitter, older, hysterical women.
And, it worked. Even though Hillary Clinton received more votes from Democrats in the Primaries; even though she had more pledged delegates going in to the Convention; even though she was FAR more popular than Obama with voters in traditional Democratic states; even though she was stupendously more qualified than he — she STILL was passed over by the DNC and the Super Delegates. She was trashed by the media as a monster and a bitch and insane. And even though Sarah Palin is clearly an intelligent, competent, and successful governor the media was STILL able to convince most Americans that she is merely a ditzy slut in high heeled leather boots. (Oh, and her family is total trash, especially the slutty pregnant teenaged girl).
These were the messages of the 2008 Presidential campaigns in terms of women in office, women running for office, and women voters. All water under the bridge you say? Well, yes if you’re talking only about the here and now. Obama won the presidential election (thanks to George W. Bush). Past performance indicates he’ll be a mediocre president at best — we shall see. The election is over forever and there really IS no use in crying over spilled milk. Past performance indicates Hillary Clinton will be an excellent Secretary of State at least — we shall see. And Sarah Palin, since she really IS an intelligent, competent, and successful person, will be FINE.
But what about 2012? 2016? What about the record low number of women appointed to Obama’s cabinet. What will stop Keith Olbermann from calling for the stupid bitch to quit when Lisa Madigan or Kay Hagan or even Sarah Palin decides to run for president in the future? As the video above asks, “Where is the line?” And we all need to ask, “When does it stop?” When will our public institutions STOP ridiculing, hobbling, and sidelining competent women who dare to run for national office?
Puma PAC believes it WON’T stop until more Americans reject the sexist discourse that shamefully biased the coverage of Clinton and Palin last year. Our Stop the Onslaught of Sexism (SOS) Team is looking back in anger — collecting, documenting, and recording the blatant examples and instances of sexism and misogyny in the media so we can educate the young women in high school now who will be voters in the next Presidential election. So we will be armed with facts and ready to react immediately when the media starts revving its sexist engines against the NEXT intrepid woman who decides to run.
Be a part of the Puma PAC SOS Action Team. This is our last Action Team for 2009, and it will be one of our most important efforts. To join, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org today. Your job will be very rewarding, but it won’t be all that difficult — after all you’ll have LOTS of material to work with:
p.s. every article from in the link to Reclusive Leftist is worth reading. Read THESE too. You’ll be glad you did.
An unforgettable Classic from Erica Barnett to remind you why we MUST not let this pass:
Hillary Clinton is a bitch. A big ol’ bitchy bitch. And a cunt.A “big fucking whore.” Fortunately, you can “call a woman anything.” She’s “Nurse Ratched.” She’ll castrate you if she gets a chance. She would like that. She’s a “She-Devil.” She’s a madam, and her daughter’s a whore. She’s frigid, and she can’t give head. She’s a “She-Devil.” A lesbian. A nag. When things get tough, she cries like a big dumb GIRL. In fact, she’s just that — a “little girl.” In FACT, she wants to “cry her way to the White House.” To be, ahem, “Crybaby-in-Chief.” That proves that she’s not tough enough. But she’s also not feminine enough. She’s “screechy.” She’s an “aging, resentful female.” She’s “Sister Frigidaire.” She really ought to quit running for President and stick to housework. She basically spent her entire times as First Lady going to tea parties. She’s a monster whojust won’t die. In fact, she really should just die. You can buy aurinal target with her face on it to express what you really think of her. OMG she’s got claws! She’s crazy. In fact, she’s a lunatic. She’s petty and vindictiveand entitled. She’s a washed-up old hag. She’s “everybody’s first wifestanding outside probate court.” She’s a “scolding mother.” She’s shrill… shrill… shrill. She can’t take it when people are mean to her. She’s a “hellish housewife.” She’sTanya Harding. She CAN’T be President, what with the mood swings and the menses.Any woman who votes for her is voting with her vagina, not her brain. Women only like Hillary because she’s a fellow Vagina-American. And because they vote with their feelings. Frankly, anyone who still thinks we need “feminine role models” should get over it and move on, already. Oh, and men who supporters are castratos in the eunuch chorus. You shouldn’t make her President because she wants it too much. She’s totally just banking on support from ugly old feminists. And she looooves to “play the victim.” She cackles! And cackles. And cackles. It’s like she’s a witch or something! She’s definitely“witchy.” And now you can buy her cackle as your ring tone. Her voice, too, is “grating”—like “fingernails on a blackboard” to “some men.” She’s hiding behind her gender. She isn’t a “convincing mom” because she’s too strident. She never did anything on her own. Her husband keeps her on a leash. She hates men. Her campaign is a “catfight.” She makes people want to kill themselves, is like a “domineering mother,” and is cold. And OMG she has boobies! All of which are reasons to hateher. (And boy, could I go on.)
And she has cankles. (h/t mangoprincess)