Please people

By Amanda Marcotte
Saturday, August 9, 2008 5:26 EDT
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Update, because a few decent people are confused: I was trying to let off some steam with a funny rant, and if you don’t get it, I’m sorry that I failed in making that more obvious. What this has to do with feminism is that the blog is getting swarmed now by conservatives who hate feminists and women in general, and are looking to score a few points by implying that the sole and only thing feminists should be worried about is protecting women from getting cheated on. Equal pay, reproductive rights, etc.? All things that need to be put on the backburner until every man alive is good at monogamy. That I disagree with this definition of feminism doesn’t seem to concern them, so I’m getting to the thread-closing portion of the day.

I’m getting all these weird gloating trackbacks from right wingers about the Edwards scandal. I want to be angry, but I can’t. Because gloating about a hypocrite getting outed is a great liberal pleasure. But gloating about a liberal getting humiliated for his sex life? The territory of not only the underlaid, but the terminally uncool. Because I’m a mean person who enjoys judging people, it’s easy pickings. But. I really prefer judging people who don’t really care what I think of them. Like the other night I’m at a friend’s show, and the opening band has The Cadre Of Girlfriends, a group whose style of dressing, sexy-wise, is in inverse proportion to the quality of the band. So like, it was all tube dresses and MPDG-style white sundresses. I enjoy mocking people like that, because on the whole, they don’t care what I think and they’ll be just fine.

But lord, the assholes who get personal pleasure out of Edwards’ humiliation and, for some reason think that tracking back to Pandagon is the best way to gloat about this? Under-sexed troglodytes. And on one hand, they deserve abuse because they suck and are horrible people who really, really hate women, in no small part because they’re stuck in a self-perpetuating no sex/misogyny loop. On the other hand, you’re picking on loser. My liberal heart feels pain about that. It’s a real dilemma, one I haven’t completely resolved.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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