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Gawker’s Misogynistic Smear of O’Donnell So Vile, Left Shamed Into Condemning It. But, Did They Really?

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Posted on October 29 2010 3:00 am
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Gawker, that pit of disgusting, published an anonymous hit piece on Christine O’Donnell today. I refuse to link to it; y’all can google and find it yourself. I’m a mean girl like that. The ‘exclusive’ – exclusive in this case meaning only Gawker was vile enough to publish, and pay for, such a thing – was a tale told by an idiot. A piggish, pitiful idiot who exposed himself for the total tool that he is; an alleged man, lacking an ounce of  chivalry or even human decency. Plus, according to him, he couldn’t even score with a drunk,  feisty-feeling broad!  Even though the gross hit piece was titled “My One Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell” there was no actual, um, “stand”. You see, apparently Christine O’Donnell is a total slut. Who is also a prude. Or something.

I won’t go into the particulars alleged by “anonymous”, who we now know is Dustin Dominiak. Particulars that sunk so low as to discuss “feminine upkeep”; apparently Dominiak prefers pre-pubescent girls. The disgusting smears aren’t even the point, really. I mean, it’s Gawker. They are, and always have been, abhorrent. There is nothing redeeming about that site at all and they should not be given any credence whatsoever.

Gawker, or as I shall now refer to them, “the site with microscopic boy bits that shall not be named”  has a record of misogyny, including the latest trend – a kind of Pornification of Conservative women.  A recent example was their reaction to the movie Fire From the Heartland: The Reawakening of Conservative Women. Other leftist sites, including alleged feminist sites,  claimed that lines about legislation “being shoved down our throats” were “code” for oral sex, that the term “reawakening” is sexual or, in Gawker‘s case, said that the women in the movie were like conservative porn stars.

Michelle Malkin has chronicled their smear machine against conservative women. The larger issue is that this is symptomatic of how the Left demeans and dehumanizes conservative women, always. It is a perfect example of how the Left tries to paint all conservative women as either a) not real women (Pat Buchanan in drag, for example, as Palin was called) to try to take away their gender completely or b) whores (in this case a “virginal” whore, which is even more absurd)  as a way to reduce them to sexual use only.

The reaction of the Left to this latest atrocity proves it further.

The blogosphere was all atwitter over how even the Left was allegedly condemning this. And the National Organization for Women deigned to weigh in! Give credit where credit is due! Yeah, no. “Mean girl” doesn’t play that game; I call them like I see them.  I have no need to appear cool and “above it all.” I don’t think being “fair” means doing cartwheels over a tiny, condescension laden bone from the Left nor will I ever accept N.O.W. as either an authority for women or an organization to look to for pats on the head, as they shiv you in the ribs. I’m an almost 40-year-old mom who lives in South Carolina, watches “Jersey Shore” unironically and embroiders for fun. Being hip and cool is not a priority nor something to which I even aspire.

So, let’s take a look at this supposed condemnation, shall we? First up is from The XX Factor at Slate. The XX Factor, by the way, is billed as “what women really think.” Hanna Rosin,  in a post entitled “What Does Christine O’Donnell Do On Halloween?” complains only of “obnoxious” details in the Gawker piece. Then goes on to further demonize O’Donnell by saying that “the incident nonetheless confirms all my worst stereotypes about those “born-again” virgins.” Those icky, sneer-worthy, born-again virgins! They are like “cold showers”, according to Hannah Rosin. Surely she must have some Ra-Ra Sisterhood outrage or even sympathy for Christine O’Donnell, no? Yeah, no:

At least she wasn’t dressed as a witch. The person we feel most sorry for, however, is his roommate, who apparently then dated the born-again virgin for a whole year.

Such condemnation! Jezebel, Gawker‘s “sister” site and allegedly For The Women ™ wasn’t any better. In fact, they featured the Gawker hit piece on their front page most of the day. When they finally posted a response to Gawker‘s trash, it was extremely predictable. A total sham, filled with super lame semi-protestations. The basic conclusion was “No, big whoop. It’s not really bad that the story was written, because it’s just some “crazy bitch” conservative dame anyway.”  So, we’ll just wink and look the other way. And still feature the link to the garbage. On the front page. Of a “Women’s Site.”

Amanda Marcotte appeared to call it out at first, but then couldn’t resist a slam at O’Donnell. N.O.W at first declined to comment, but was later shamed into doing so, due partially to the excessively disgusting nature of the hit piece. And, see, that’s the thing: a lot of the condemnation that we are supposed to be praising was forced and was an easy way to cover themselves with no risk. And even that was done insincerely and in a backhanded way:

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