Um, can I choose “neither”? Admittedly, the Atlanticarticle has a clever setup–given that with their puerile misogyny, proud idiocy, and not-quite-pornMaxim/FHM lad type lad magazines are pretty much the nadir of human culture, I guess anything, including Playboy‘s annoying and empty but generally harmless pretensions, would have to be better. And you can make a good case that George W. Bush is a better president than Andrew Johnson, but I’m not sure where this gets you. One thing that both genres have in common, however, is a homogeneous and ultimately dehumanizing conception of what women should look like, which is both bad for women and bad erotica. (I’m often not sure that “objectification” is a very useful term, but in these cases I think it fits perfectly.) Zobenica seems to think that exclusively pictures with the formula “on top is the face of Shirley Temple; below is the body of Jayne Mansfield” is a feature, a reminder that this is the fantasy of a 13-year-boy, not reality. But even for a 13-year old boy, isn’t this kind of, er, circumscribed? I guess the one thing you can say about the lad mags is that their adorning text fits the pictures even better than surrounding it with Norman Mailer’s latest claptrap about his waning libido.
Well, at least now she can be with that ghost with whom she used to canoodle.
I’m closing my eyes and trying to imagine what Althouse has to say about this. I’m getting a lot of “dumb” vibes . . . not sure what they mean . . . could just be the residual stupidity cast out from Smith’s dying cerebral cortex . . .
. . . OK, upon further reflection, Althouse’s post wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. I’ll give her points, at least, for being more restrained than the people who do this for a living. I don’t own a television any more, so I had no idea this story approaches the significance of Lady Di’s unfortunate passing. An enormous loss for us all.
I wonder if this sentence could have been better constructed…
A ninth-grade dropout, she rose quickly from life as a small-town wife and mother to a highly visible, and sparsely clad, career as a topless dancer, pinup, model, film actress, reality-show star, clothing “designer,” product endorser, and, briefly but most notably, wife of a tycoon nearly four times her age, a marriage that would eventually propel her to the United States Supreme Court.
But I cannot leave this subject [the Marcotte/McEwen phony witch hunt] without examining the role of those of us on the right who flogged this story into the mainstream media and may have cost Marcotte her job. Certainly our motives lacked nobility. I will be the last to argue that anything more than “scalp hunting” animated this effort. And the questions I raised in the quote at the top of this page remains valid: Is this all we are? Is this what we have become?
This has been simple answers to straightforward questions.
And, obviously, good for Edwards. One can argue about whether the Edwards campaign should have been more risk-averse in terms of hiring Amanda (although some people are ignoring the many positive things she brings to the table), but for Edwards to have caved in to transparently phony reactionary-identity-politics outrage would have been catastrophic. It also seems worth pointing out–especially given the smearing of Shakes, who said nothing that could be seen as “anti-Catholic” even by ridiculous wingnut standards–that any prominent feminist blogger would have been victim of the fake outrage machine. If Edwards had hired Jessica Valenti, Danny Glover would have been on the horn to Ann Althouse and Dr. Helen so they could discuss Jesscia’s profoundly troubling décolletage and its implications for John Edwards’ campaign before the ink was dry on the press release. Playing the appeasement game in a context where William Donohue can appear on the teevee as some sort of civil rights leader is a futile enterprise. It’s encouraging that Edwards understands this.
What I really don’t get about this is in what sense the actual anatomical term “vagina” could be more offensive than its slang replacement. (Evidently, there would seem to be a lot of misogyny involved.) What’s next, if the word “breast” shows up on a sign some guy will phone and demand it be changed to read “funbags?” I guess I just don’t understand the Prissy-Woman-Hating-American community.
(If, however, somebody wants to declare a moratorium on describing breasts as “boobs” or any of its derivatives, I will sign on immediately.)
Hey, at least he apologized for calling the AP “careless hacks.”
In other TIDOS Yankee news, I’ll also note that in this post, which Scott linked to yesterday, the Estimable Guardian of Public Decency wrote that “libertarians and conservatives alike have pounded [Marcotte] in a decidedly non-procreative way.”
I suppose it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Bob Owens — whose blog is inspired by the fantastic record of human decency established by the Confederate States of America — would find himself unable to resist disclosing his sordid, gang-rape fantasies to the world. I wish I could add that this sort of casual misogyny is beneath even him, but it’s not.
Got it. So we have a prediction, along with the insinuation that Professor Cole is a terrorist whereas Goldberg is a patriot. Obviously, Goldberg’s prediction was incredibly wrong. The prediction, of course, came in the context of a larger argument about credibility and Goldberg’s wildly off-base prediction tends to confirm precisely Cole’s position in this argument — Goldberg, while certainly a clever rhetoritician, basically has no idea what he’s talking about. Meanwhile, somewhat hilariously, Goldberg thinks that pointing out that Cole turned his wager down should somehow spare him from mockery. The point, however, is still about the very, very poor prediction, not about Cole’s skills as a gambler.
Indeed. But at least when he called Cole a terrorist-lover, there was no swearing. That would be unhinged!
Ah, first Treason-In-Defense-of-Slavery Yankee shared his pensees on civility, and now self-appointed protector of online integritude Josh Trevino has weighed in. Sure one could–and somebody probably will–note the cherry-picking worthy of someone who would tout Michelle Malkin’s “book” on the subject (in the context of a highly non-hinged rant about how liberals have a bottomless hatred of parents, yet!), the actually bigoted right-wing media figures who are invited to meet with the President, etc. etc. in detail.
But I’m tired and have a paper to write, so I’ll start with a contest. Find any substantiation in the post–even based on Trevino’s own wingnutty standards for what constitutes a valid example–for his rather serious assertion that Melissa McEwan is “genuinely unhinged” and “insane.” The first person to uncover any evidence of such in Trevino’s post will receive a 1986 O-Pee-Chee Steve “Bye-Bye” Balboni card in very good condition. Happy hunting!
…And if that wasn’t enough, Jonah “liberals, from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton, have advocated policies and principles remarkably similar to those of Hitler’s National Socialism” Goldberg has solemnly weighed in on the degradation of our political discourse. Heavens to betsy, somebody said a curse word, fetch me my smelling salts so I can get back to comparing Nancy Pelosi to Mussolini!
Shorter Bob Owens: The fact that Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan oppose using state coercion to enforce reactionary conceptions of human sexuality, sometimes using language that should only be used by Republican Presidential candidates, shows that they are beyond the pale of legitimate political discourse in this fine nation. Clearly, what constitutes civilized discourse should be judged by someone who proudly displays a symbol of treason in defense of slavery and lawlessness in defense of apartheid on his webiste’s banner.
Nick Turse has a fine discussion of the disastrous role that the Air Force is playing in the war in Iraq. The contribution of the Air Force is intentionally understated. Turse concentrates on the most secretive aspects of the bombing campaign in Iraq, pointing out that no reliable figures for civilian deaths are available because the Air Force itself is reluctant to keep them. Without statistics, of course, the Air Force can’t meaningfully evaluate whether its methods are killing lots of civilians or just a few, drawing into question the suggestion that the USAF is trying to be as discriminate as possible in its bombing.
UPDATE: Mojo points out that I’m being unfair to the Air Force, and that most of the attacks we’re talking about are either conducted by the Army or Marine Corps or called in by the same. Guilty; I do sometimes get over-enthusiastic in condemnation of the USAF.
J. forwarded me this video of an F-16 strike in support of some Marines in Iraq. View with caution.
Atrios beat me to it, but given all the talk recently who people who use spurious accusations of anti-Semitism as cover for nutty foreign policy views it seems worth noting that this is hardly limited to any one religion. Right-wing identity politics buffoon William Donahue is joining many other highly selective critics of arbitrary state power and un-civil discourse in trying to get Amanda Marcotte (and, in his case, Melissa McEwen) fired from the Edwards campaign. Among his examples of alleged anti-Catholic bigotry is Melissa’s post arguing against social conservatives who “don’t understand about keeping your noses out of our britches, our beds, and our families?” (Admittedly, she did use a word that should only be used by Vice Presidents on the floor of the Senate, which gave me the vapors.) Apparently, being a liberal is ipso facto anti-Catholic, which of course is the point.
It seems worth noting at this time that if opposing Catholic teachings on contraception makes one an anti-Catholic bigot, I think about 90% of Catholics are anti-Catholic bigots.
Because Nancy Pelosi is some kind of prima donna, she is morally responsible for the degradation of the climate. (Snicker snicker.) But since my position on global warming is hopelessly incoherent and ineffectual, I don’t actually care if the planet is actually warming or whether humans are actually bringing about climate change at all. Otherwise, I might have uttered a spare word or two over the past four years critiquing the current administration for all the carbon it’s burned in the War on Countries Not Responsible for 9/11 Islamofascism.