Not a single word of any of the criticism will make Denton and Gawker think twice before doing it again to someone else, but don’t let that stop you from recognizing the good intentions of their critics. In fact, so disgusting is this story that even NOW has lowered the boom:
NOW repudiates Gawker’s decision to run this piece. It operates as public sexual harassment. And like all sexual harassment, it targets not only O’Donnell, but all women contemplating stepping into the public sphere.
NOW/PAC has proudly endorsed women’s rights champion Chris Coons, O’Donnell’s opponent in the Delaware Senate race, and finds O’Donnell’s political positions dangerous for women. That does not mean it’s acceptable to use slut-shaming against her, or any woman.
NOW has repeatedly called out misogyny against women candidates, and this election season is no different. Let me be honest: I look forward to seeing Christine O’Donnell defeated at the polls, but this kind of sexist attack is an affront to all women, and I won’t stand for it.
I didn’t see many good intentions; I saw self-serving intentions. Most of the criticism was masked with “we hate her guts, and she’s awful for women and crazy and stuff, BUT….” Which was even more infuriating. Good grief, are we supposed to think you are super cool and so above it all for half-assedly rebuking a vile, trashy, intrusively misogynistic ‘story’ – even though you don’t like her! Which you keep breathlessly reminding us. “Look at me! I totally hate this crazy bitch, but talking about her female parts is creepy. Even if she’s creepy. And a hypocrite. And a total slut!”
Are they trying to appear “non-partisan” and really for the women? They aren’t. You need only look as far as N.O.W.’s own statement to see that. “Slut-shaming”, they say. Because THAT is the issue. Christine O’Donnell is a big old slut, but you shouldn’t “shame” her for that! Because, empowerment or something. Plus, they think she stinks and she is harmful to women; vote for the man. You know, the one who will let you kill your unborn babies!
I will give no praise to N.O.W. I will give no “credit where due,” because none is due. Their denouncement was half-assed at best. The bolded line is particularly ridiculous. That already happens. It happens to every conservative woman in the public eye. All the time. N.O.W. knows that; in fact, N.O.W. participates in ensuring that it happens. They just do not care, as they have no real concern for women. Every policy they espouse, every candidate whom they endorse have agendas harmful to all females, alive and unborn.
They are only saying something now because they feel safe trying to cover their pitiful arses on this one, this one time, because O’Donnell is like 20 points behind and they believe she has no shot at winning. You know how I know this? Because a similar thing happened to Nikki Haley, running for governor here in South Carolina. And winning. This is a new tactic, you see. Toss out an “I totally tapped that” story with zero merit and the “press” will run with it. It always seems to be a complete tool who makes the allegation, usually unfortunate looking to boot. In Haley’s case, it was also completely without merit nor proof. It was the same type of story (albeit not as Gawker-y, perhaps). And guess what? N.O.W. had nothing to say. Nor did any of the supposed “critics” today. They remained absolutely silent regarding Will Folks’ smears of Nikki Haley.
Leftist feminists, including N.O.W., refused to comment on Whitman “the whore.” In fact, they endorsed Jerry Brown the very next day. They endorsed Alan Grayson, who just last year said of Fed advisor Linda Robertson, “this lobbyist, this K street whore, is trying to teach me about economics.” They have yet to denounce any of the misogyny and sexism aimed at Sarah Palin, including when the media was abuzz with tales of “her rack is totally bigger? Did she get a boob job” the day after major primary wins for Palin endorsed candidates. Silent at the smears of conservative women in the film “Fire From the Heartland.” Silent when Michelle Malkin was called a “a big mashed up bag of meat with lipstick on it.” Supportive of serial sexual harasser, publicly and otherwise, President Bill Clinton. Supportive of serial sexual harasser and manslaughter perpetrator Senator Ted Kennedy. Silent when a Democrat Congresswoman wanted the private parts of already elected GOP women “checked” to ensure that they are real women.
So, no. I won’t be thanking N.O.W. And, frankly, I don’t care if they ever denounce any of it. They do not speak for me, nor will they ever. They are not an authority of, or for, women. They should not ever be looked to as such. Their “criticism” of the Gawker piece showed me only one thing.
To the Left, it’s still totally okay to be sexist and/or trot out uncorroborated tales of “I totally hit that,” if it’s about a conservative woman who is winning.