Panda Party: Lady Business Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, May 25, 2012 13:00 EDT
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Unsurprisingly, the feminist community has risen up to protest Hustler’s misogynist nastiness against S.E. Cupp. Even though we all universally hate Cupp for so obvious about cashing in on sexism for the cash benefits, we’re all intimately familiar with being sexualized as a way to discredit us—it’s a near-daily thing for me, part of the wallpaper at this point. Gloria Steinem specifically had porn producers try to discredit her by pasting pictures of her into sex scenes on posterboards to protest her offices, once again showing that mainstream porn thinks the worst thing you can say about a woman is she’s sexually active. But generally, the feminist defense is unsurprising. We’ve never had a “no conservatives” policy when it comes to who benefits from feminist activism. Conservative women get legal abortions, get job opportunities with equal (or getting closer, anyway) pay, get to go to previously all-male universities, and get to vote because of feminism. We don’t get thanked; we get spit on. But we don’t hesitate to defend all women—including conservative women—from sexism, because, to quote Faith-as-Buffy Summers, it’s wrong.*

I’m getting a ton of abuse right now, especially from Michelle Malkin, because they’re furious that feminists are doing what they were complaining that we weren’t doing (until they were educated otherwise): defending Cupp against misogynist abuse. The conservative narrative is that racism and sexism aren’t real things, but just weapons to score points against political enemies. The “proof” of this is that liberals supposedly ignore this stuff aimed at conservatives. They need this proof, because it allows them to pretend that liberals decrying racism and sexism are just trying to score political points, and to continue insisting that racism and sexism aren’t real problems. Having feminists actually speak out against Hustler’s nastiness ruins the narrative, and so feminists must be attacked for fucking it up. And attacked with….you guessed it! Sexism. It’s been pretty entertaining, watching the sexist accusations against myself and others fly. It’s the usual stuff: attention whore, insinuations of sluttiness, swipes about our unfuckability, being called “honey”. A lesson is to be learned from all this, I suppose.

Anyway, it’s all the more reason to have a Panda Party! Kick back, listen to some tunes, play some if you like. I’m often bedazzled by the huge gulf between the left and the right when it comes to having a sense of humor and a sense of fun. Clearly, our party hearty skills are an important weapon, so sharpen them up in the Panda Party before going out and having fun this weekend!

*First piece of evidence for the startling lack of humor on the right: I bet some wingnut makes a fuss over this, not getting the joke. Because one thing that voting Republican seems to do first to someone is remove their ability to understand a bit of ironic posturing while making what amounts to a straightforward assertion, which is the lingua franca of Gen X liberal circles. 

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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