Flimsy Sanity: Marie Cocco - Misogyny I Won't Miss

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Marie Cocco - Misogyny I Won't Miss

Marie Cocco - Misogyny I Won't Miss - washingtonpost.com

As the Democratic nomination contest slouches toward a close, it's time to take stock of what I will not miss.

I will not miss seeing advertisements for T-shirts that bear the slogan "Bros before Hos." The shirts depict Barack Obama (the Bro) and Hillary Clinton (the Ho) and are widely sold on the Internet.

I will not miss walking past airport concessions selling the Hillary Nutcracker, a device in which a pantsuit-clad Clinton doll opens her legs to reveal stainless-steel thighs that, well, bust nuts. I won't miss television and newspaper stories that make light of the novelty item.
I won't miss Citizens United Not Timid (no acronym, please), an anti-Clinton group founded by Republican guru Roger Stone.

Would the silence prevail if Obama's likeness were put on a tap-dancing doll that was sold at airports? Would the media figures who dole out precious face time to these politicians be such pals if they'd compared Obama with a character in a blaxploitation film? And how would crude references to Obama's sex organs play?

There are many reasons Clinton is losing the nomination contest, some having to do with her strategic mistakes, others with the groundswell for "change." But for all Clinton's political blemishes, the darker stain that has been exposed is the hatred of women that is accepted as a part of our culture.


  • At 10:29 AM, Anonymous R J Adams said…

    I agree. It will be interesting if Obama wins the nomination and takes on John McCain. Will the "black haters" then begin to emerge from the woodwork?

  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger ryk said…

    You better believe they will. This is gonna be one nasty, hate-filled election cycle. It should be interesting to watch McCains campaign chase after the bubba vote and try to distance itself from the racist rhetoric at the same time.


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