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The 7 Biggest Sexists on the Left

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Posted on October 10 2010 11:00 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

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1# Stokely Carmichael

Alongside NOW, other more radical feminist groups emerged during the 1960s among college students who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left. Women within these organizations for social change often found themselves treated as “second-class citizens,” responsible for kitchen work, typing, and serving “as a sexual supply for their male comrades after hours.” “We were the movement secretaries and the sh*t-workers,” one woman recalled. “We were the earth mothers and the sex-objects for the movement’s men.” In 1964, Ruby Doris Smith Robinson presented an indignant assault on the treatment of women civil rights workers in a paper entitled “The Position of Women in SNCC,” to a [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] staff meeting. Stokely Carmichael reputedly responded, “The only position for women in SNCC is prone.”

I’m giving the late Stokely Carmichael the top spot on this list, even though he’s nowhere near as famous as the likes of Clinton and Kennedy.

That’s because Carmichael’s legendary “prone” line is emblematic of the sexism that riddled the radical New Left  –and persists in the “progressive” movement to this day.

The Left of the 1960s and 70s was a petri dish of mysoginy — a fact that gets left out of nostalgic documentaries and fictional films depicting the era. Anita Hoffman, then-wife of Yippie “leader” Abbie “travelled to Algeria to meet the Black Panther leader, Eldridge Cleaver. But she was so horrified by his arrogant and sexist behaviour that she climbed out of a window, and flew to Paris to get away.”

Clearly, sexism is woven into the very foundations of today’s “progressive” movement. It’s part of its DNA.

Note, too: Carmichael’s defenders continue to insist that he was “just kidding.” Boys and girls, here’s a free pearl of wisdom: no one is ever “just kidding.” The Left’s “jokes” accidentally reveal a great deal about themselves. Whenever they screw up — like they did with that gory anti-global warming ad last week — progressives immediately start yelling, “It was funny. Don’t you get it, you humorless hicks? Sheesh!”

But let a conservative like Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh make an “offensive” (and genuinely funny) politically incorrect joke, and we never hear the end of it.

What’s fascinating is that progressives sincerely believe they are agents of change. And while there has apparently been some cosmetic progress in the Left’s treatment of “its” women (if only for the sake of appearances), conservative females remain targets of unhinged violent rhetoric and treatment, as we’ve all seen again this week.

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