Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Real Misogynist

Why are we even discussing this issue? When a Republican woman is defamed, smeared, slandered or demeaned… good feminists have nothing to say. When a Democratic woman receive far less obnoxious treatment, feminists are screaming from the rooftops about the sexism.

New York Times editor Bari Weiss applies the principle to the recent suggestion, made by serial fabulator Michael Wolff, that U. N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is having an affair with Donald Trump. Weiss notes that the liberal progressive feminists refuse to defend the slandered woman but happily celebrate the man who uttered the foul accusation.

She writes:

For years, the fundamental complaint of the right in the culture wars has been that the left is hypocritical, and the Nikki Haley episode perfectly confirms the point: A prominent Republican woman is smeared. The author who does the smearing is celebrated by all the A-listers, including the most prominent Democratic woman in the country, who herself has a history of giving a pass (or worse) to men accused of sexual assault and harassment. And yet the arbiters of American culture cheer the Democrat and, in the words of the actor Don Cheadle, tell the Republican who has the gall to defend herself: “Sit down, girl. You’re drunk.”

Surely, this is true. The reaction of left-thinking people to the Wolff smear shows us that the message has not yet gotten through:

When Matt Lauer subjected Hillary Clinton to a harsh interview, within 24 hours it was common knowledge that it was evidence of misogyny. But when Nikki Haley is smeared with the most base, sexist lie, it’s met with little more than a collective shrug.

Will the real misogynist please stand up?


Sam L. said...

Feminists are Leftists, and hate, Hate, HATE Republican and conservative women.

Ares Olympus said...

The discussion is here for anyone who can stomach it, just 9 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1aw1yczeas Michael Wolff: Current Affairs | Real Time with Bill Maher

I actually had listened to an earlier video and I recall Bill Maher was the one who said "Nikki Haley?" trying to guess the identity for the mystery affair, and added some other jab about her ambition. But now (above) at @2:08 in this video the conversation there looks cut and it switches back (with seamless sound) to Bill and he laughs and says "I'm not going to make the joke I was going to make." So it would appear that his "joke" has been wiped from the online copy of the interview.

I'm almost more interested in the effort to try to hide a transgression as the character attack itself. What is the proper way to backtrack on hateful speculation against public figures, whether male or female?

And Stephen Colbert and others have been making continuous mocking of Trump, so much anyone with a conscience should feel sympathy for the president and turn it off. People can say Trump lowers the level of public discourse, but clearly that's not true. Comedy the expense of others, primarily whom you despise is not good, and it always says more about you than the person you feel safe to hate.

Ares Olympus said...

Sam L, it would appear safe to say that Bill Maher is not a feminist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x64cy3Bcr98 Bill Maher vs Feminism

And he's surely disliked by many "Leftists". In fact his primary appeal seems to be that he considers nothing off limits for discussion, like his long series Politically Incorrect (1993-2002).

If the modern Right identifies itself primarily as Conservative Christians, its safe to say he's not Right, but other than that, he seems open to evidence as it arises.