Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. The media says it’s okay to hate Governor Sarah Palin just because she’s a woman. Prior to the 1960s misogyny was not the only perfectly acceptable prejudice. When the Oppressor Clubs held their weekly meetings, there was a veritable potpourri, a melting pot, if you will, of different ethnic, racial, and religious groups, let alone women and gays, to hate based solely on their membership in a particular group. Then the 60s came along and more and more people began talking about equality. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about judging people by their character, not their skin color. The National Organization of Women spoke about judging people not by their gender, but by their abilities. Finally, it was no longer “politically correct” to hate people based solely on the group to which they belong (except for fat people [http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080327172129.htm] and Catholics [http://catholicexchange.com/2003/08/18/95673/]). Thus, the weekly meetings of the Oppressors Club are really boring if you are, like me, a fat Catholic.
Then came Monica Lewinsky. Now, ordinarily, a young woman who had sex with her boss at her place of business and then complained about it, would be the champion cause of NOW. But, not this time. Rather, Lewinsky was perceived to be not the proper type of NOW woman. A NOW woman would know to keep her mouth shut (so to speak) instead of endangering NOW’s faithful ally in the White House. Lewinsky was a stain (so to speak) on the good name of her male employer. For a while, the media allowed us to hate, mock, and make sophomoric jokes (see above) of Ms Lewinsky simply because she was a woman. Then, we had to lay off women and go back to the good prejudices against fat people and Catholics.
Then, Senator Hillary Clinton decided to run for president. We had some slight leeway to ridicule or denigrate her simply because she was a woman (http://www.journalism.org/node/6755). We didn’t have carte blanche like we did with Lewinsky, but it was close. And significant elements within the media encouraged our boorish behavior.
But Gov. Palin may be the holy grail of female bashing. We haven’t had such fantastic leeway to ridicule, denigrate, and hate somebody simply because of what group they fall into since the ‘50s – the 1850s. Palin is an idiot because she said you can see Russia from Alaska. You can (http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/pdf/reference/pagegen_ak.pdf), but the media lets us bash her because she’s a dizzy broad. Just look at the caricature of her on SNL. Sen. Clinton is portrayed as a bitter bitch and Gov. Palin is a dizzy broad (http://www.hulu.com/watch/34465/saturday-night-live-palin--hillary-open#s-p2-st-i1). A few days ago, Joy Behar on The View called Gov. Palin a pig with lipstick (apparently a take-off on Sen. Barack Obama’s far less offensive use of the phrase “lipstick on a pig”). Thank you, Ms Behar, now we can all hate Palin for being a woman who, apparently, wears lipstick.
We can ridicule Palin for having hunted moose http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rQukFbfdLM, which contains the wonderful line “if we let this woman loose, the depth of her experience, is like lipstick on a moose”) Admittedly, this isn’t nearly as funny as Sen. Joe Biden suggesting he would shoot Obama if he tried to take Biden’s guns (saw this on The Daily Show, but can’t find it on the internet), but Biden is a guy and Palin is a dizzy broad.
Likewise, we can mock Palin’s religious views (http://www.clipser.com/watch_video/822103). Her views aren’t nearly as hilarious as Obama’s God who hates America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hPR5jnjtLo). But, once again, Obama is a dude and Palin is, to quote Bill Maher, “a bimbo.”
Let us not forget all the wonderful humor on the various late night shows and on Comedy Central mocking Palin for being a woman. Thanks for all the great material. Even Jamie Dukes on the NFL Network got in on the hating after he was asked as what he was dressing up for Halloween. Dukes put on a pair of glasses and said in a falsetto voice, “I can see Russia from my house.” Great stuff. Even though you can see Russia from Alaska, she’s an idiot, and we can make fun of her because only a woman would say something that stupid.
On behalf of the misogynists at my local Oppressors Club, I would like to thank, among others, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, The New York Times, The NFL Network, The View, The Daily Show, and The David Letterman Show, for the freedom to disparage and, to a certain extent, hate Sarah Palin simply because she’s a woman. What a great country.