Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:15 PM
alp227 (29,592 posts)
Quvenzhane, welcome to this wonderful, post-racist & post-sexist America.
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(In reference to The Onion controversially posting on Twitter an obscene slur directed towards the 9-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis. Unfortunately, the problem is way way way deeper than The Onion or what host Seth MacFarlane said about Wallis.)
"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society." --Rush Limbaugh, repeatedly since 1987
Of course, the Pigman Limbaugh has been running on this philosophy for years and years...never getting fired because such talk has hauled in the big bucks for Clear Channel Radio...until he crossed the line nearly a year ago this month, as Clear Channel has lost near $400 million last year, spurred largely by remarks by Limbaugh about Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. Media Matters counted 46 different ways Limbaugh had a creepy obsession with Fluke, like:
"She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps."
"She wants us to buy her sex. She wants us to pay for her sex, and she went to a congressional committee to close the sale."
"A woman who goes to law school at Georgetown goes to a congressional hearing where Pelosi is, 'I'm going broke having sex. I need government to provide me condoms and contraception. It's not fair.' " (of course with a mock whiny voice)
2012 continued to be a year of shameless misogyny, as comedian Daniel Tosh demonstrated at a comedy show responding to a heckler who complained about rape jokes: "Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now? Like right now?" Unfortunately, his stupid, ignorant fanbase of high school boys and brain-dead "men" (and some Stockholm Syndrome-suffering women) cheered on Tosh in message boards, YouTube comment sections, and sadly even on DU at times.
And then such woman-hating talk crossed the line into political discourse, too. Perhaps the single reason why Democrat Claire McCaskill is still in the US Senate is because her Republican challenger, former Rep. Todd Akin, said point blank in a TV interview responding to a question about abortion for pregnant rape victims: "If itís a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. " Oh, Democrat Joe Donnelly also is in the Senate because (R) Richard Mourdock had the gall to say in a public debate about the same topic: "Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
(By the way, Wikipedia has an entire article Rape and pregnancy controversies in United States elections, 2012!)
Failed presidential candidate and overall evangelical crank Rick Santorum also made similar rape pregnancy/gift from God statements as Mourdock during his campaign.
I think Quvenzhane Wallis has just gotten her first taste of how much this nation respects its women. And I don't think I have to get into the race aspect.
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Quvenzhane, welcome to this wonderful, post-racist & post-sexist America. (Original post)