Fuck You, Substance. I’d Rather Talk about Santorum (Either the Guy or the Frothy Mixture)

4 Apr

Over at Substance’s house, he indicates that some “libertarian” over at Big Hollywood is all cranky poo because C****** S**** called Sarah Palin a whore.

Of course, (as Substance points out), it’s quite ridiculous and hypocritical to be all fainty-couchy at S**** for using the word “whore” after he has shot his girlfriend, abused and threatened TWO WIVES to the point that they had to get restraining orders, and committed a variety of other shit-ass acts against women (and I’m sure those are just the tip of the iceberg).

But I actually think it’s worse than that; it’s the way that this type of rhetoric influences and reinforces the way that women are perceived in our society.  It’s not just that they’re using it as a tool to go after political enemies. It’s that they believe that certain women deserve respect and certain women are subhuman garbage.  It’s a rightwing distillation of the attitude that Anna Holmes talks about in this article–certain women are worthy of protection by virtue of who/what they are, and certain women are just disposable, or even deserve what they get. It’s actually funny how you can see something backwards and fucked up in society and pretty much guarantee that conservatives practice it to a greater degree than pretty much anyone.

Of course, the difference between these two groups is always changing. While there are women (and, fuck, GIRLS) who are almost always going to be unsympathetically viewed, even the criteria for what makes one a victim vs. what means you’ve asked for it is impossible to pin down, no matter how close to normative you are. It’s something that Sarah Palin types don’t see, but will one day understand. The Big P only shines favor on you when you are its lapdogs and follow its dictates, but, like any abusive relationship, the rules can change from one day to the next.  In the end, it’s more about who you are than what you do. As long as you’re favored, you have some wiggle room, but the moment you step over the invisible line (sometimes through no fault of your own), you are just as vulnerable as the rest of us. It’s currently very easy for Sarah Palin to dismiss sexism against her as her political enemies being assholes (which they are), but someday–when her looks fade, most likely–she will learn that she’s just a woman like the rest of us.

Although she’ll never admit it’s because of the systems she’s supported all her life, of course.

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7 Responses to “Fuck You, Substance. I’d Rather Talk about Santorum (Either the Guy or the Frothy Mixture)”

  1. B^4 04.04.2011 at 13:50 #

    It’s currently very easy for Sarah Palin to dismiss sexism against her as her political enemies being assholes (which they are), but someday–when her looks fade, most likely–she will learn that she’s just a woman like the rest of us.

    I think Michelle Bachmann will knock her off the pedestal, and the righties will all say, “Sheesh, we were never into Sarah Palin.”

  2. truculentandunreliable 04.04.2011 at 13:59 #

    Funny how they can only have one prominent female wingnut at a time, isn’t it? Why you’d think that Palin was some sort of…what’s the word I’m looking for…it starts with a “t”?

    I was just reading this, which I find to be incredibly amusing.

    “It didn’t work on Obama. Maybe it won’t work on Bachmann!”

  3. Substance McGravitas 04.04.2011 at 14:13 #

    Slutwalk.

  4. Adorable Girlfriend 04.04.2011 at 18:42 #

    What a big hairy mess!

  5. Substance McGravitas 04.04.2011 at 20:41 #

    Incidentally your Feminist Law Professors link needs fixing.

  6. truculentandunreliable 04.05.2011 at 08:24 #

    Substance–Yes, I’d heard about it. I think it’s a great idea.

    Thanks for the heads-up re: the link.

  7. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© 04.05.2011 at 10:32 #

    So, you saved your wordy thing for your own blog?

    I’m going to try that (someday).

    P.S. Good wordy thing. Too many so-called liberals use this rhetoric, but as you say, NO right-wingers have the standing to make a complaint about it.
    ~

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