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Hot Post: Meghan McCain: Victim of Sexism or Busty Nitwit?

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Posted on October 24 2010 1:00 pm

First of all, blindly accusing her critics of blatant sexism is every bit as clumsy and thoughtless as the opinions Ms. McCain expressed on “This Week.” She clearly didn’t think through the criticism, didn’t try to find anything constructive in it, and didn’t examine the source of said criticism.  Instead, we saw a knee-jerk reaction: she became defensive and rather than owning her comments and displaying a shred of humility or maturity, she called us sexists who refuse to acknowledge her intellect, hidden, as it is, behind her bodacious rack.  Even those viewers (male or female) who might have otherwise agreed with the spirit of Ms. McCain’s opinions, but disagreed with her arrogant, ham-handed handling of the topic, have been painted with this broad brush.  Her claim of sexism is insulting in general, but it is specifically insulting to the very generation of young Republican women she claims to represent and speak for.

Ms. McCain’s attempt to devalue her critics by playing the sexism card is deplorable on yet another level.  By asking, “didn’t we do this 2 years ago?”  she sounds as if she’s trying (unsuccessfully, I might add, but then she hasn’t proven herself to be a particularly gifted rhetorician) to lump herself in with other female politicians who have been attacked unfairly and subjected to a sexist double-standard, which, frankly, does nothing but trivialize actual instances of sexism.  It’s not that Ms. McCain could possibly be inaccurate, or could have behaved unprofessionally–no, she’s simply a misunderstood victim of hateful, sexist peons, and certainly doesn’t need to engage her critics in anything resembling intelligent debate or dialogue.  Clearly it’s all about her breasts and has nothing at all to do with the words coming out of her mouth.

Because, sexism.  Obviously.

Interesting, though, that someone who would brag about “shamelessly” flirting her way out of a ticket would be so quick to call others sexist. After all, acting upon the assumption that men are entirely unable to resist the lure of feminine wiles surely isn’t sexist in nature.

Additionally, Ms. McCain also seems to be making the mistake of putting words in the mouths of her critics.  I, for one, didn’t find her words offensive; I found them hypocritical, ill-advised, rude, unprofessional, immature, and arrogant, sure, but not offensive.  There are a number of invectives I would consider offensive, and at least one of them has been bandied about far too frequently as of late.  But Ms. McCain didn’t use offensive language; she used idiotic language.  There’s an important difference.  We’re not all gasping in shock and seeking out the fainting couches and smelling salts because what the young lady said was just too edgy and offensive for our collective delicate sensibilities.

She behaved like a nitwit and got called out for it.  It really is as simple as that.

Feminist Hawk

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