Kathy Shaidle

The 7 Biggest Sexists on the Left

Posted on October 12 2010 8:00 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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Preamble to "The S.C.U.M. Manifesto" rendered in a sampler

Preamble to “The S.C.U.M. Manifesto” rendered in a sampler

“I’ve been married to a Communist, and I’ve been married to a capitalist, and neither one of them would take out the garbage”

That quip, attributed variously to Zsa Zsa Gabor, Elizabeth Ashley and any number of actresses, was the epigram to the first poem I ever wrote. It told the true story of an unpleasant encounter two of my (female) lefty comrades and I had on our way to a demonstration, when a (male) Trotskyite had the nerve to lecture us about the tenets of feminism — until we shoved him into a nearby newspaper box in disgust.

I must say, were I to write that poem today, 20 years later, I’m not sure I’d include the epigram, as fond of it as I am. I’ve hung around a lot of “capitalist” men since I swung to the right, and generally (but not universally) I find they are much more “feminist” than their “progressive” counterparts. Rumors swirled around some guys I knew in the peace movement: one allegedly beat his girlfriend, another was a date rapist. A few hardcore anarchist “wymyn” reportedly felt the need to form a “rape revenge” squad, but I’m not sure that was ever anything more than a bitter fantasy.

During my days on the Left, I naturally read a lot about movement history, and knew that in “the olden days,” male New Left big shots said and did lots of distinctly un-feminist stuff. I always figured that decades later, progressives would have cleansed themselves of such elements and attitudes, if only for the sake of public relations.

Boy, was I wrong. Just look at Jerry Brown, #7 on our list of Biggest Sexists on the Left…

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