Thursday, May 24, 2012

S.E. Cupp Uses a Horrible Situation to Hate on Other Women

12 hours ago I didn't know who S.E. Cupp was. But apparently she's a conservative political commentator. Or so that's what I've gathered from the last 12 hours. Apparently, the ever woman-hating jackasses over at Hustler photoshopped a penis into S.E. Cupp's mouth. So of course, the tweets that I follow blew up over this in defense of the fact that it doesn't matter if a woman is affiliated with the right: when this type of shit happens to her, it's bad for all of us. Misogyny is misogyny no matter who it happens to and it is wrong and disgusting. 

Larry Flynt--shudder--responded with this pearl of wisdom: "That's satire." LOLZ, what? Last time I checked, satire meant when "vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon."

So I ask you in all seriousness, how the HELL is putting a penis in a woman's mouth intended for the improvement of society? What is the greater purpose here? Without that over riding message, as mastered by individuals like Stephen Colbert, all you have is the ridicule--and in this case, extremely misogynistic ridicule.

Sadly, Cupp isn't doing herself, or any other women, a favor when she says stuff like this:
Cupp balked at the chance that any feminist organizations will come to her defense. "The National Organization for Women, NOW, will not come out and say liberal women deserve more respect than conservative women and we are not going to defend conservative women. They're not going to admit to that but let me tell you that is exactly how they feel."
She believes that "clearly by anyone's standards this is worse" than Rush Limbaugh's having called Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a "slut," which resulted in national outrage. "The outrage of Sandra Fluke will not be matched on my side," Cupp told The Blaze.
"It seems that feminism has devolved into an institution that has picked losers and winners and has decided that some women qualify for respect and other women do not."
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. I follow a majority of the most high profile feminist bloggers, commentators, and organizations on Twitter and, as mentioned, my feed was blowing up with indignation on Cupp's behalf. Not only has she ignored a chance for ALL women to serve as allies to one another against misogyny, but she's also tried to create some false hierarchy/competition of "fucked up shit men do to women."

Listen to me Cupp and all of your friends on the right: we will never end these types of attacks on women if we use them as an opportunity to tear each other down. There is no solidarity in ignoring the women who are rallying behind you simply because you don't like their liberal politics. There is no sense in dragging other women down when you've experienced something heinous. Once again, I stand behind S.E. Cupp and what has happened to her is truly disgusting. But I, and the other feminists who have come to her defense, don't appreciate being ignored and insulted in the process.

1 comment:

  1. Well said. Also, Rush Limbaugh is the Pope of the Republican Party. Larry Flynt is a pornographer. That's all he does, really, though he plays at being political. He should put something in Rush Limbaugh's mouth and see what the RW says about that.


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