This past Wednesday USA Today published an almost universally ignored article which demands attention from all Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin supporters. As we Hillary Clinton supporters know, sexism and misogyny as political attacks are extremely effective:
“Calling a female candidate such sexist names as “ice queen” and “mean girl” significantly undercuts her political standing, a new study of voter attitudes finds, doing more harm than gender-neutral criticism based solely on her policy positions and actions.
Harder-edged attacks, such as referring to her as a prostitute, were equally damaging among voters, according to research commissioned by a non-partisan coalition of women’s advocacy groups.
The survey said the advice often given to women — to ignore the attacks rather than risk giving them more attention or legitimacy — turns out to be wrong. In the study, responding directly helped the female candidate regain lost ground and cost her opponent support.”
Mainline “women’s advocacy groups” (think NARAL which supported John Edwards! then Barack Obama) stabbed Hillary Clinton in the back or disappeared during the primaries. Phony women advocates like Oprah Winfrey (who voted skin color not character) likewise proved either hapless or treacherous. Neither Hillary nor Sarah Palin should expect decency or support from mainline women’s groups.
Many of these “women’s advocacy groups” betrayed their constituents (yup Gay and other organizations were/are equally treacherous to their own too) and went with Obama-come-lately rather than a tried and true and effective friend. Now these dolts are “stunned”:
“I was stunned at the magnitude of the effect of even mild sexism,” says Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who conducted the survey. “Right now campaigns tend to be silent and try to tough it out, and this really opens up a whole new strategy of responding.”
The groups that sponsored the research are the Women’s Media Center, the WCF Foundation and Political Parity. Thursday, they will announce a joint initiative called “Name It. Change It” designed to monitor and respond to sexism against female candidates in the media.
Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, president of WCF, says demeaning or belittling language routinely afflicts women in both parties, from Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008 to Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware now.”
We hope but will wait and see (and won’t hold our breaths) if the flowery words from the Women’s Media Center are worth a damn. We’ll wait and see if they denounce the sexism and misogyny directed at Sarah Palin and/or Hillary Clinton when the corrupt Obama Dimocratic Party tells them to shut up. If they live up to their words we will praise them and hug them as allies.
The article cites attacks against Senator Lisa Murkowski as a prostitute, Senator Mary Landrieu as a “high-class prostitute” and Harry Reid’s recent description of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as “the hottest member” (a particularly ugly double meaning insult). The article does not cite currently up for election Christine O’Donnell (hey Women’s Center lets see if you tackle this one) as she is called a “whore” on national television by Judge Karen Mills-Frances and cheered on by Joy Behar.
Joy Behar is vile, disgusting and a fake. Read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The View's not pretty" if you haven't already.
I want to make a point here about the attacks on right wing women from the left: I don't enjoy them. I don't laugh and chuckle. I know damn well that the same mind set that attacks a woman for being a woman is going to come after me.
I saw them go after Hillary. That was one of the reasons I changed my blog. I was doing a comic novel here, each post a chapter, about the life of Betinna. I did that for about three years. I was at a difficult point in the story, to be sure, but I was also sick of what was being done to Hillary. So I turned it into a blog.
I know what was done to Hillary and I know it will be done to another woman on the left side of the left side of the aisle. Just because they take some time off to attack a right wing woman doesn't mean I breathe a sigh of relief.
Not only is it just as wrong when they do that, as long as these attacks continue to be aimed at women, it's never over for me.
When I go to, for example, The Nation's website and see those attacks on women -- right wing women -- I immediately click back and then avoid the website. I avoid so many as a result of their never ending attacks on just the concept of being a woman.
We shouldn't have to put up with it but we will until we demand that it stop.