Of course we all know about Rush Limbaugh’s controversial use of the word “slut,” but now the conversation has shifted to Bill Maher and his use of the C-word in regards to Sarah Palin. Some people think that Rush and Maher essentially did the same thing. Others disagree. Here’s one of the more eloquent comparisons of the situation, from politicsusa.com:
"I knew it would open the door for other men to say such things about women who didn’t behave like Sarah. And I just don’t like the words slutty and tw@t being used in a public forum to describe women. True, Palin sold herself as a stripper for the GOP. She was proud of being called the hottest governor from the coldest state, by her own dad no less. She wore clothing that enticed and distracted from her words on purpose. She wore impossibly short skirts on platform stages, sometimes with her bare legs crossed just so, causing the skirt to hike up mid thigh. Palin was the pretty face for ugly ideas and the Republican party milked that cash cow until Gabby Giffords was shot and Palin took the self-pity and victimhood a step too far by blaming the media.
Palin is a public figure and she more than invited such coarse dialogue, in fact she engages it in herself. Sandra Fluke is a private citizen who testified at a congressional hearing in a dignified manner."
Personally I think Sarah Palin is smarter than she gets credit for, but I realize that many people out there think she’s an idiot. And they should be free to call her an idiot, or a twat, or whatever other term they think up. Making fun of Sarah Palin doesn’t mean you hate women. It means you hate Sarah Palin. It’s not like men get personally offended when someone calls Rush Limbaugh a dick, even though dick is a male-oriented derogatory term. Jeez ladies, not everything is misogynistic. Now stop acting like a bunch of overly emotional chocolate-eating twats and get back in the kitchen.
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