So, Bill Maher, a theoretical Liberal who does say some funny things when he isn’t saying mean shit about women and gays, has decided to chastise American progressives for being so mean to Rush Limbaugh and not forgiving him and for being poopyheads by petitioning advertisers to get that hate-filled goat-blower off the air. Golly, if an anemic half-apology won’t get an misogynist out of trouble, and people will actually go out of their way to boycott him as a punishment for his unrelenting attacks on women, minorities, and gays … what’s next? We’ll go after Bill Maher for his homophobic and misogynistic slurs?
Clearly there is SOME reason Maher is feeling empathetic to Limbaugh. Over at Shakesville, Melissa McEwan has written several posts about the horrible sexist and anti-gay crap that has spewed from Maher’s mouth, posts which she had now put together on one awesome page. Be prepared to scroll down. Maher has said a lot of woman/gay-hating things, y’all.
I think that Maher, although well aware of the social inequities plaguing non-hegemonic males and minorities, is completely complacent when it comes to his own particular brand of sexism. For some reason he thinks being pro-choice and only calling conservative women “cunt” gives him a get-out-of-jail-free card from feminists. Sadly, a lot of other “Liberal” talking heads think the same thing, while saying the same denigrating shit. What they don’t seem to get is that misogyny is misogyny, no matter which political side it comes from.
For example, I disagreed with every asinine thing that dribbled out of Herman Cain’s cheating mouth. However, if I had called him the “N” word, it would have said little about the disagreement but a lot about the fact I was a racist thunderdouche. Hateful, bigoted remarks about women only show the speaker is a hateful bigot. They add nothing to the debate.
Part of the problem is that when conservative women complain they are easy to dismiss, because they defend the horrible misogynist venom pouring out of what used to be the Far Right. Michelle Malkin is correct in pointing out that the Left has lots of asshats who say vile things about any woman they disagree with, but appears completely delusional when she insists this is so RARE from the Far Right. Seriously, Malkin … have you not noticed the garbage flying from Far Right pieholes, and realized they back their rhetoric with a concentrated and sustained attempt to limit women’s rights?
Do you know why feminists can’t go after the left-wing asshats with both guns? Because we are busy desperately trying not to lose the rights we fought so hard for in the first place, and while some people on the left say bad things, the Right is pushing to do more than just “talk” about us like we are sluts who cannot be trusted with our own bodies. Feminists have been screaming into the wind for years, with very few individuals bothering to listen to us because we are “over-sensitive” or are “hysterical”. Only lately has the Far Right stepped up and made more apparent its assault on reproductive rights, and it is the threat to contraception that has brought women who have never thought of themselves as “feminist” into the world of social-media activism.
In other words, there are finally enough of us pissed off to be effective at boycotting and other political battles.
No wonder Maher wants us to forgive Limbaugh and not scuttle his career as a hate-monger. Maher probably wonders if he might be next.
We can only hope.