And that's really the blogging experience if you ask me:
I should have said . . .
I should have included . . .
I should have linked to . . .
How could I forget . . .
Those are the thoughts after you post.
And in the early days, those can be crippling thoughts. However, you do the next post and then the next and then the next . . . . Pretty soon that list of "I should have . . ." has more pages than the Bible and you just have to let it go.
"#MooreandMe: And Then He Came Down" (Sady, Tiger Beatdown):
And no, Michael Moore: It is not that much better now. It is, indisputably, not that much better. Naomi Wolf went on TV and told every viewer there that it isn’t rape if the victim is unconscious, that penetrating an unconscious woman is “consensual”: It’s not that much better. Those two women’s names were outed, to over 900,000 people, by you and by Keith Olbermann, and attached to a derogatory smear by a Holocaust denier and WikiLeaks representative on little to no evidence, because you support WikiLeaks and treated those two women as expendable in so doing: It’s not that much better. I got a message from a woman that the pro-Assange group, pro-WikiLeaks group she’s allied with, is posting messages that these women are liars and Assange is innocent, on its Facebook group, and that she’s being attacked for standing up to them: It’s not that much better. I got forwarded a link to an actual product that is being sold, an e-card featuring a drawing of a traumatized-looking woman huddled in a shower, reading “Congratulations! You just got bad touched”: It’s not that much better. A woman who was part of the protest told me that a message reading, in part, that she was “a cum-guzzling super slut wannabe hasbian dyke that is angry with the world because no matter how many times she flashed her uneven n[**]ger breasts no man would ever touch her” was posted to streamofwikileaks.tumblr.com: It is not that much better. A man told me he had to stop protesting, had to stop posting #MooreandMe, because the harassment had gotten too intense, and “they have my home address and have explicitly threatened me and my wife,” and then he was such a goddamned good person that he actually apologized: It’s not that much better. Many of my friends, people I know and have worked with and respect, have come forward to tell me that they, too, are survivors, the absolute epidemic of rape and sexual assault that we face in this society has become that much clearer to me, the list of women I know who are also rape survivors has become much, much longer since I posted it on Saturday: It is not, it is indisputably not, that much better.Sorry for anyone offended by my editing of a term, but I'm Black, I don't use that term. My father and mother raised us not to use that term. They did not believe it was 'reclaimable' and, with all that's followed since I was a child, they were obviously correct. It's become ghetto cred and that's all I'll say about it.
On Sady's post, I'll point out that it's not over, as she notes and I'll also wonder why people who are watching this and who are offended can't see what's happening?
These are the same hate fueled means, that same vicious attack techniques they used on Hillary's campaign and Hillary's supporters. Until people can connect the two, they're not get just how strong sexism is on the left and how much work needs to be done to extinguish it.
It didn't just happen this go round. It's the same hatred of women that we saw willfully unleashed in 2008 and used to advance Barack Obama. Until people want to get honest about that, they really are wasting our time.
It's all the same people, which Sady never notices. Today Naomi Wolf (and Naomi Klein) tells us that rape isn't really rape. And in 2008, they were telling us that Hillary wasn't really a feminist. Back then Keith and company thought the "nut crackers" were funny and that sexism was the way to go. They pull it this year and are surprised that there's a pushback because so few pushed back in 2008.
Good for Sady for doing what she's done and it was great work but this wasn't an isolated thing. It is a flare up that will continue and until the left -- not just some left women and some left men -- confront it, it will continue to hold us all back.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):