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The Jezebel Guide to Questioning Women’s Femininity

Posted on February 7 2010 3:23 am
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Last week, noted feminist Keith Olbermann implied that the women of Fox News are only hired because they’re attractive.  In response, The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher posted a photo gallery of women who work for MSNBC. When he got to Rachel Maddow, Treacher wrote, “Whoops, how did that one get in there? Sorry, man. I mean dude. I mean Rachel! Sorry, Rachel.”

Similar jokes have appeared in a column by Treacher’s colleague Matt Labash, prompting a writer at Jezebel to lecture “Tucker Carlson’s minions” that they must never, ever suggest that a woman looks masculine in appearance.

Making fun of women for looking or acting mannish is a time-honored way of belittling them, of trying to keep women out of both men’s clothes and men’s roles, and just because the woman in question is an out lesbian doesn’t mean jokes about her aren’t part of this misogynist tradition.

But if a Jezebel writer wants to insult Ann Coulter’s femininity? Oh, that’s totally cool:

Ann Coulter Finally Explains What’s Behind That Adam’s Apple

Got that? The guys at The Daily Caller are hateful misogynists for telling jokes that could have been written by Jezebel staffers.

This page in the Jezebel rulebook is a carbon copy of the Left’s rulebook: when someone on the Left insults a conservative woman, issue a Get Out of Jail Free card.  When a couple of guys on the Right insult a patron saint of leftism like Rachel Maddow, they’re part of the “misogynist tradition.”

Pot, I trust you and kettle need no introductions.


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