5. As a feminist, I have mixed feeling about this type of problem.
There is a tendency for some people, women included, to mention remarks about a women's physical attributes as part of their comments. I constantly rebuke my husband for including a remark about a women appearance (but he would never say anything derogatory) and I ask him why he has no made no such observations about any of the men on the program. I think it is is an ingrained habit that we need to be aware of.
However, I think that we all have been guilty of making comments about the appearance of the people we do not like. I always thought the pictures of George Bush with chimp like features were very creative. Newt Gingrich is a cartoonist dream, and an easy topic for everyone and poor Joan Rivers even makes fun of herself.
While making fun of peoples appearance is not the best kind of humor, I think it is aimed at both men and women here at DU so I am not sure if it is sexist. When it is aimed at anyone that has some serious physical problems, it is disgusting and should be censured. The fact that Ann Coulter is not that bad looking, and is such a obnoxious person, I would probably be OK with insulting her for any reason.