Playboy.com article shows the left’s penchant for talking the talk with regard to women’s rights, yet tacitly endorsing the degradation of women who refuse to toe the ideological line
Tonight, according to the Drudge Report, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be on Fox News Channel’s Hannity to discuss, among other things, the state of the U.S. economy and how President Barack Obama’s policies are making matters worse. I bring up Palin in the context of a Redstate.com article released nearly a week ago because, throughout the tail end of her and John McCain’s campaign last year, I wondered aloud and in writing several dozen times where the womens’ groups were as she and her family were getting absolutely eviscerated by the Obamaloving mainstream press.
This article, the Redstate piece, actually only calls attention to a posting since taken down from the Playboy Web site. And the linked piece isn’t so much an article in itself as a collection of screenshots from the Playboy site — while the screenshots themselves may be safe for work, the accompanying text is not.
The text of the Playboy article, entitled “So Right It’s Wrong” and featuring prominent photos of Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, former Bush White House press secretary Dana Perino and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, derides and degrades conservative women because they are conservatives, and because they are easy on the eyes. Photos are juxtaposed with vile and offensive text explaining who the people are, why the commentators do not like them, and whether or not they’re worthy of, well, that which got former President Bill Clinton into so much trouble.
The article features, among other things, a “Hate Fu*k Rating,” of which Hotair.com’s Michelle Malkin receives a simple “[w]orse than fu*king Eva Braun” and the aforementioned Bachmann–a sitting United States congresswoman, mind you–receives a rating of “[c]hemical castration has begun to look appealing.” Peggy Noonan is reduced to the assessment that she would likely “be up for some meaningless, Cheever-esque hate fu*king after a few gin and tonics.” Atlas Shrugs founder Pamela Geller–with whom I’ve spoken several times and can honestly say is a very nice woman–is deemed a “shrieking harpy.” Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham is called a “socially-conservative succubus who looks great with an open mouth dangling off a shotgun mic.” Also degraded? Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Amanda Carpenter, Mary Katharine Ham, and the aforementioned Kelly and Perino.
Now, let’s suspend disbelief for a moment and assume that, with diligent research and unfathomable luck, we could actually find a left-leaning woman who could be considered even borderline attractive. If someone like me, with a moderately popular Web site, were to characterize a liberal woman or several liberal women as a “top-heavy” or “with a posterior that could crack walnuts,” or rate them by how much I’d like to you-know-what the Marxism right out of them, I would be personally and professionally ruined.
It wouldn’t matter that I was merely a law student and legal writer and that this Web site was a mere hobby — word would reach the National Organization for Women, or some other similar group and I would be absolutely excoriated. As would anybody else who tried the same thing.
Thankfully, Helen Thomas and Janet Reno and Whoopi Goldberg just about set the bar for liberals aesthetically speaking, and Susan Estrich’s voice sounds like that of a drunk Muppet, so any temptation to assess the urge to engage in physical relations with left-leaning women is tempered enough so as to eliminate any fear of reprisal from angry womens’ groups. The thing is, however, that I don’t include a woman’s appearance in weighing what she has to say on a particular issue — with most liberal women, though, it doesn’t matter, as any undesirability on a purely superficial level is surpassed only by the wrongheadedness, ignorance and stupidity of their ideas.
But the political left can get away with it. Last year’s election showed that the left could absolutely destroy a female governor’s family, insinuating that the mother covered up for the daughter’s birth of a special needs child, and this recent Playboy article shows that they can dismiss a hard-working class of professional women–Megyn Kelly, after all, is about as good as it gets for thought-provoking news regardless of her gender and Michelle Malkin amazes me with how she has built an empire of her own at HotAir–merely because they are attractive.
Where, may I ask, are the womens’ groups? These women work their tails off. Michele Bachmann, for crying out loud, could very well be a qualified frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Where is the outrage?
See, diversity only matters if it benefits the political left. Affirmative action should be selectively applied. Look, for example, at the Supreme Court, at how the personal story of Clarence Thomas is worth absolutely nothing when compared with the race-obsessed story of Sonia Sotomayor.
The political left in America is absolutely obsessed with identity politics, and the right has bought into it. During the election, conservative commentators were admonished for using Barack Hussein Obama’s middle name, yet it was the name by which he was inaugurated, and it was the name he proudly touted when speaking to the Muslim world last week from Cairo. During the primaries, the media questioned whether Hillary Clinton was being treated unfairly because of her gender, yet had no problem with the way that Sarah Palin was treated.
This political movement, across the aisle from where I stand, holds itself as being concerned for the little guy, driven by the hope for equality for the oppressed minority, but in reality they only use the little guy, only exploit the minority for their own political gain. Until America can realize this, until America can finally become post-racial and post-gender and look at people as people, there will always be this wrongheaded human component paraded around by the left as a distraction from their failing policies.
Sarah Palin had some brilliant things to say at an event last week about the expansion of government control through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. When I heard them, it reminded me of similar brilliant statements made by her South Carolina gubernatorial counterpart, Mark Sanford. But I did not look at the two politicians as a male and female — I looked at them as two people who understand Jeffersonian principles, as two people who love this country and should be listened to, as two people with executive experience in their State House that would translate beautifully to the White House in January of 2013.
It’s time we call out the left when they treat people like they treated Sarah Palin, like they treated the women included in that horrible Playboy piece. And it’s time to explain the double-standard to any and all who will listen.