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Saturday, November 13, 2004

The innate hypocrisy of the left

I have been brooding upon this fact for quite a while now; the left are sexist. Despite the radical hypothesising of the feminazis, which is usually agreed with in a passive consensus by their Bush-hating pussy-whipped 'men,' when the chips are down, the left can be just as sexist as the right.

I can't go into much detail on this, except to point out that the unconscious sexism is manifest in the proliferation within the left of the female insults; 'slut,' 'cunt,' 'bitch' or 'dumb bint.' Everybody knows that the easiest way to bring down a tall poppy is to target their appearance. That way, you don't have to expend any mental energy examining the substantive factors you don't like about them; their politics, their ideas, etc. Instead, it is much easier (and appeals in a populist way) to call a woman fat, a 'bitch,' a 'slapper' or insinuate that any success she enjoys is due to the fact that she has slept her way to the top, or 'sucked somebody off.'

There is a marvellous book out at the moment about female politicians in Australia and how they have fared at the hands of the media. Too often, female politicians are painted as attention seeking whores (Cheryl Kernot), vacuous selfish yuppie princesses (Natasha Stott-Despoja), etc. Is this because, somewhere back in the primitive psyche of society, we cannot cope with the concept of a woman in a position of power who is just as intelligent as a man? Perhaps this is such an acceptable contradiction of the perceived natural state of gender relations that we are all to eager to embrace the media's smeary depiction of these women. Bring them to their knees.

It's wrong, but sexism of this kind is so wide-spread that it even appears within leftist circles. And I should know.

5 Comments:

  • At November 14, 2004 at 8:20 AM, Blogger Robert said…

    Everybody knows that the easiest way to bring down a tall poppy is to target their appearance. That way, you don't have to expend any mental energy examining the substantive factors you don't like about them; their politics, their ideas, etc. Instead, it is much easier (and appeals in a populist way) to call [Michael Moore] fat...

     
  • At November 14, 2004 at 2:18 PM, Blogger Pudding said…

    I believe that Michael Moore is an isolated example. Can you imagine the flack he would cop if he were a woman?

     
  • At November 14, 2004 at 2:48 PM, Blogger Robert said…

    I'm just calling you on your double standards. If you're going to attack Moore because of his weight, not his ideas, then don't complain if people do the same thing to others.

     
  • At November 21, 2004 at 3:18 AM, Blogger Le Driver said…

    This also brings to mind Alex Lew's comments about Michael Danby's wife, alongside the repetitious fat-taunts launched at Michael Moore. You'll find both sides are equally guilty of this juvenile behaviour.

     
  • At December 7, 2004 at 10:53 PM, Blogger amy gardner said…

    Ummm... Natasha and Cheryl are both left-wing.
    Doesn't that make it more likely that sexist criticism would've come from the right?

     

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