We were thinking about this TBogg-Althouse brouhaha. So TBogg rips ninnywagon Althouse for being the most vacuous and boring hoary albino guitar legend there can be, but expresses it using the “Althouse not gonna get a second date” terminology. So Althouse suggests sexism, while Altmouse blabbers on here. See if you can tell the difference.
We were thinking about it a little bit. Since the Patriarchy is ever pervasive, permeating all things, yes there is maybe an eensy but of sexism, more in the fact that the accurate insults expressed about Ms. Althouse, that she is such a damned ninnywagon, were coupled with the proverbial “second date” not coming to pass anytime soon. The sexism wasn’t in the actual insult, but was in the expression. While the “not gonna get laid” insult is used on both men and women, it usually seems to imply that for men there is a lack of an action occuring, where for women it is made to sound like they are less than human if they do or don’t get laid.
What I was really thinking about was the extreme cartoon that is Pamela from Atlas Shrugs, and how deserved abuse heaped upon her most often is given in undeserved sex-specific language. This is problematic to no end. We ourselves at this very webpage have labeled her right and left boobs “Bock’s Car” and “Enola Gay” after the bombers responsible for nuking Nagasaki and Hiroshima, respectively, and her penchant for advocating extreme military force against any and all enemies. Of course, her incompetence and irrationality, and the fact that she responds healthily to provocations render her a popular target of liberal blog-gamesmanship. Additionally, she behaves like a deranged groupie around individuals like US “Ambassador” to the UN John “I’m molesting you with my mustache AND eyes” Bolton. Wolcott is a fine purveyor of full-body Pam-cupuncture. To top it the knob, she has a picture of herself with what seems like a spray-painted on Supergirl costume and rack to back it up. UPDATE it is spray painted- it’s one of those things you put your head through, yet this is the image that overrides almost all forms of invective against Ms. Pam. So the jiggle jokes, the fake tits jokes, everything based on one very unfortunate picture.
So this is what draws attention when the multidudes look for a handle in placing their abuse. Her boobs (her not even real fake boobs- her fake real boobs), her sexually suggestive pose, her whatever. The defenses for such insults seem like they would always be “look at what she’s wearing”, “she put the picture up”, “she’s asking for it”. And of what do those things remind us? Nothing good, let’s put it that way. We will keep our WMD metaphor for Ms. Pam’s assets, but we will refrain from slut, skank, etc. and try to keep our attacks on her focused on her oblivious foreign policy machinations, her abstaining brain , and obvious insanity. Since she has been extra-crazy lately it seems she has drawn extra-vitriolic fire, much of it in terms that really are not defensible.