The stupidity bar keeps getting lower

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, January 30, 2009 0:19 EDT
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What part of the word “choice” do these morons not understand?

I don’t know if it’s just that I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning or what, but it seems to me that misogyny levels in this country are getting perilously high lately. What the fuck is up with that? It isn’t just this stupid cartoonist and all his anti-choice ilk who literally do not understand that women have wills and that we make choices. This meme is spreading to ostensibly “pro-choice” sexist asswipes, too, like Chris Matthews, who seems to have bought into the idea that there’s no difference between voluntary and mandatory contraception. Because, once again, to accept that there’s a difference is to accept that women have minds of our own, and we can’t have that.

I definitely think that a lot of right wing men are just throwing a giant temper tantrum because, despite the Medicaid birth control debacle, Obama and congressional Democrats are gutting an anti-feminist project that they’ve been working for years on. Jill has it right to compare the picture of the signing of the Partial Birth Abortion Act with the picture of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act.

But it’s downright comical how stupid the ‘nuts have gotten in retaliation. Like these two posts I read on Lawyers, Guns, and Money—Dick Armey tells Joan Walsh he’s glad he’s not married to her (due to her unfortunate willingness to express an opinion, which is so unladylike) and this bizarre rant from Jules Crittenden against Jessica Alba, of all people. (Scott on why this is so stupid.) Make no mistake—Crittenden’s “argument” is that Alba’s job as a woman is to be a mindless sexbot without opinions or ideas.

No one expects her to be consistent, or even smart. They just expect her to be hot.

Wicked hot. Girl should stick to doing what she does best.

Once again, I’m reminded of how often “compliments” about your sexual attractiveness from certain men are actually sexist blather designed to remind you that no matter what, they think that the mere fact that you’re a woman means you’re worth nothing. Which of course makes it that much harder for men to safely offer a genuine compliment without freaking a woman out. If you want a quick lesson in how this level of misogyny is rooted in male insecurity—not that Crittenden, being an asshole and stupid to boot, should have any opinion of himself other than a very low one—that post should be instructive. Crittenden isn’t just lashing out at a woman for being attractive and unavailable, he’s also—and rightfully—insecure about his own intelligence and writes a long, tedious post for no other reason other than to try to convince himself and others that he’s intellectual.

Is it just me, or are rancid sexists starting to stink even more lately?

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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