This is what a Sexist Pig looks like

This is what WaPo opinionator Jonathan Capehart said about Newsweek’s cover photo of Sarah Palin:

Folks want to be able to envision someone sitting in the Oval Office.
They don’t necessarily want to envision them in the pages of Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive 2011” or Maxim. She can’t possibly be taken seriously as a presidential contender dressed like that, especially since this is the second time she has graced Newsweek in a less-than-presidential pose.

(He does not mention that the previous Newsweek photo was stolen, without permission, from Runner’s World. Instead he goes on to say that she is “sputtering nonsense”, her policy statements constitute “lunacy” and her saying “I can win”  is “laughable.” He ends his rant with:

Sarah Palin is not running for president. She is a star. And she is doing what stars do best when they feel the spotlight is drifting away from them. She’s trying to snatch it back by any means necessary.

Where to start? First of all, obviously, everyone needs to just shut up about what women running for office can or cannot wear in public. It is such an obvious double standard that we shouldn’t even have to talk about it.

Second, Capehart is an openly gay public figure, and he often gets ridiculed on tv for his fashion choices. Here is an list of some of the on-air bullying Capehart gets subjected to, with a video of Joe Scarborough being a jerk about Capehart’s flashy designer pants. One would think that someone on the receiving end of stuff like this would know better than to engage in sexist sneering, but sadly, it appears that Capehart has internalized the patriarchal bigotry of his bullies. I find that very common, actually, someone is fine with being kicked around as long as there is someone below them they can kick around in turn.

Which brings me to my third point. People who have experienced injustice, my heart goes out to them, and I support their efforts to seek redress and justice; but that does not give them any excuse to tread on the rights of others. If someone is a jerk to you, I can understand you being a jerk right back to them, but I don’t understand it when you go around being a jerk to everyone else. And that goes for Mr. Capehart and for Mr. Jerk-in-Chief.

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84 Responses to This is what a Sexist Pig looks like

  1. DandyTiger says:

    Honk, honk!

  2. DandyTiger says:

    Regarding the entire Obama movement: When all you have hate and bullying, everything looks like something to sneer at.

  3. Lola-at-Large says:

    Another tired queen, another sexist rant. Why am I not surprised?

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Having a wonderful time agitating the misogynists in comments, btw. They’re so easy to provoke, and they act so much more badly when they are.

    • JeanLouise says:

      Why is it alright to call Capehart a ‘queen’ particularly on a thread that’s criticizing Capehart for doing just that sort of thing to Sarah Palin? That smacks of gay-bashing.

      That said, Capehart needs to be relieved of his reporting and pundit duties until he learns how to act like an adult. Of course, if he said this on MSNBC, he’ll probably get a raise.

      • votermom says:

        Is “queen” a slur? Honest question as an immigrant – gay culture was different where I grew up and I thought it was descriptive slang for effeminate gay man.
        We were watching America’s Got Talent and a few shows back one of the contestants told one of the judges something like “I expected that (no vote) – you don’t vote for the queens.” Or is this one of those words that it’s ok to use if you are one but a slur if someone else uses it?

        • sandress says:

          Basically. There are a bunch of words that are certainly “descriptive slang” but that only in-group members are really “allowed” to use. So, since I’m not Black, there are a lot of terms that I’m definitely not touching. I AM a member of the Queer community, so I can use words that others can’t get away with. Where it gets tricky, is online. Because you have no idea who people are, and whether they have membership in any given in-group. The way you used the phrase “just another tired queen” looked to me an awful lot like you were a longstanding member of the community. Plenty of us would use it in just that way, and if you had an established identity as a member of the community or as an ally, people largely wouldn’t bat an eye.

        • votermom says:

          Ok, got it. Thanks!

        • DandyTiger says:

          Same goes for us pirates. Only pirates can use pirate slang. 🙂

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          I’ve been calling gay men queens in my role as a fag hag for over 20 years! My queens love me for it! 😉

        • Pips says:

          Asked why he chose the name “Queen” for the group (early 70s), Freddie Mercury explained, and visibly savoring the memory of being able to shock: “I don’t know, at the time it was … outrageous.

      • ralphb says:

        The political correctness fairy struck again. Hint: In this case, fairy is not a slur against gay people.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Look, gay male journalists online are some of the loudest, most sexist voices out there. If I notice that trend and comment on it, that doesn’t make me anti-gay. If I comment on it using terms they can understand and which remind them that they aren’t that far up the totem poll of identity politics, then they are much more inclined to think about it. And if in the process I lower the profiles of some virulently misogynist gay males, then that’s all the better. I don’t play multi-culti politics; I play to win. And if some tired queen is going to use the sexism inherent in our culture to beat up on women, it’s only smart and fair that I return the favor. Sorry if YMMV.

        • 1539days says:

          There’s also people like Anderson Cooper who always turns a Palin “story” into some kind of “she’s dumb and insignificant, but I’m going to do it to insult her and call her a bumkin” story.

        • Three Wickets says:

          Look, gay male journalists online are some of the loudest, most sexist voices out there.

          Ain’t that the truth. As for queen, I’m seeing a very close old friend and one of my former west village roommates later this week who happens to be gay. So I will ask him about appropriate online usage of the term. 🙂

    • angienc says:

      I think “stunt queen” is more accurate.

  4. WMCB says:

    Let’s see – if she wears nice dresses and heels, she’s a designer-label airhead who spends money!!! (horror!) on clothes. If, like Hillary, she wears a pantsuit, then she’s a dowdy castrating hag. If she wears a teeshirt that has (very nice) breasts in it, she’s a slut.

    I’d like the DoodBros to tell us exactly where the sweet spot is for female attire that will cause them to neither

    a) hurl their cookies at our offensive frumpiness, nor

    b) disdain our lack of seriousness as demonstrated by our being too fashion-conscious, nor

    c) erupt into uncontrollable paroxyisms of lust that we caused, us dirty whores.

    On second thought, don’t tell us. Just fuck off. And get out of our way.

  5. Pips says:

    As for the

    less-than-presidential pose

    to the best of my knowledge, she’s not president, but how about this? Is that “presidential” enough, I wonder? And can you imagine a female president (sadly, no!) getting away with that pose? Me neither.

    And I agree with your post, votermom – it’s both infuriating and sad … but actually I feel a bit sorry for this particular guy, can’t help it.

    • votermom says:

      I do feel a bit sorry for him — if he gets that much bullying on-air, I imagine he gets a lot more bullying off the air too. Still not an excuse for him being a sexist jerk.

    • jjmtacoma says:

      You know Pips, I think men in charge get to put their feet up no matter who they are meeting with.

      Pissing about how an attractive woman has no place outside of a men’s magazine – I don’t know. I can’t really feel sorry if he receives what he dishes out.

    • ralphb says:

      I feel nothing but contempt for that asshat. He should STFU and go away to work out his own issues in private.

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    can’t say nuthin good about her at all…shame on them

  7. myiq2xu says:

    She’s trying to snatch it back by any means necessary.

    Interesting word choice.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    I don’t think Sarah’s ever had a say in Newsweek’s cover choices, most have been unprofessional, unlike the Halo’d One. 🙂

  9. Dario says:

    I’m going to make an exception just once, and buy the Newsweek edition with the SP cover.

  10. WMCB says:

    You guys have to go read Althouse’s readers comments on the speech. They are hilarious:

    • WMCB says:

      “juxtaposed this with his statement from earlier in his term”

      Well, here’s your problem right here.

      In the first postmodern presidency, there is no ‘earlier’. History only exists as malleable narrative dependent on the needs of present assertions of intent.

      By laying claim to Obama’s history you’re clearly attempting to impose a colonialist, racialist, likely heteronormative, meta-narrative just like so many generations of euro-descent oppressors have done.

      I’m dying laughing at these guys. Clever shit.

    • WMCB says:

      That’s the best they can do? The Pea Party?

    • WMCB says:

      Does anyone think at his next press conference he’ll hold up a spoon labeled “revenue enhancements” and say, “Here comes the airplane, coming in for a landing. Neeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrr.”

    • votermom says:

      Message to President Obama: give peas a chance.

      That’s the reaction of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council to the president’s urging of budget negotiators to make the difficult choices necessary to reach a “grand bargain” to raise the nation’s debt limit.

      “It’s not going to get easier, it’s going to get harder. So we might as well do it now; pull off the Band-aid, eat our peas,” Obama said at a White House news conference.

      A spokesman for the pea council said it wasn’t interpreting the remarks in a negative context.

      “We take President Obama’s comment on the need to ‘eat our peas’ as a reference to the first lady’s push to get all Americans to eat a more healthy diet as part of the Let’s Move campaign,” Pete Klaiber, the council’s director of marketing.

      “We know that if tasty and nutritious meals featuring peas are served more frequently in the White House and in the cafeterias of both Houses of Congress, it will contribute to a balanced diet, if not a balanced budget.”

      Klaiber added, “Eating more lentils couldn’t hurt, either.”,0,7546970.story

    • djmm says:

      Cassandra Lite had my favorite comment:

      “I’m not eating any pea that came from under a Band-Aid.”


    • votermom says:

      Dear Mr. President, I am soaking some chickpeas for tomorrows’ dinner. Do those count?

    • DeniseVB says:

      “Apparently Obama’s 2012 election slogan will be “Vote for me or I shoot the puppy.”

      LOL 😀

  11. WMCB says:

    Great video of Obama’s speech: EAT YOUR PEAS!!!

  12. angienc says:

    That alleged “bullying” list? WTF? Seriously? Characterizing crap like this as “bullying” is just ridiculous &, in fact, is an insult to actual victims of bullying. Where’s the damned power inequity? Where is the threat? I’m so sick of this nation of delicate hothouse flowers where everybody thinks their FEELINGS are so g-damned important. Guess what? They AREN’T.
    PS — anyone who spends upwards of $600 for those ugly pants DESERVES to be mocked.

  13. ralphb says:

    Tolerant coexisters speak …

    Chicagoans Overwhelmingly Vote to Ban Palin, Beck & Coulter Books at Book Fair

    Maybe we do need thought control 😉

    • WMCB says:

      These fuckers aren’t liberals. Real liberals welcome free exchange of ideas, and the opportunity to argue our case against someone of opposing views.

      Today’s “liberals” and progressives are totalitarian fucks who want everyone else to be forced to STFU. No opposing (“wrong”) views allowed, ever, anywhere. They are Orwellian fascists.

    • angienc says:

      Up next — book burning! Yeah, ’cause it doesn’t *count* if you don’t like the authors!/snark

  14. NewOrleans says:

    Funny. I don’t recall Capehart chastising Obama for those un-presidential and un-serious photos of him and his man-boobs frolicking on the beach in 2008.

  15. Rocky Hussein Squirrel says:

  16. ralphb says:

    The Great Fiction

    Just look how stupid we all are and marvel at our gracious and generous government. Hail Dick.

    Catherine Rampell, Bruce Bartlett, and Matt Yglesias
    are all pushing the chart below from a paper by Suzanne Mettler. According to this gang, people who use, for example, the mortgage interest deduction or who have a 529 college savings program are willfully ignorant about how they benefit from government (Rampell’s terminology).

    As Bastiat said, “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” What Rampell et al. want to do is to make people believe in this great fiction. But there are always taxpayers and taxeaters, even though government has so wormed its way into every organ of the body politic that it is sometimes difficult to tell which are which. (Indeed, part of Mettler’s point is that the government shell game of ‘hide the subsidy, hide the tax’ is often designed to obscure taxpayers and taxeaters.)

    Nevertheless, there are dividing lines. In a laissez-faire world we don’t get rid of 529 programs, instead all savings, not just savings for college, become tax-free. A 529 program is not a government program like food stamps, it is the absence of a government tax. (N.B. I am not taking a position here on the best tax structure.)

    People who use 529 programs and who think that they have not used a government social program are not willfully ignorant, they are demonstrating a healthy if fading appreciation of the distinction between civil society and government. What Rampell et al. implicitly imagine is that the natural state is slavery and any departure from that state a government benefit. Thus, if the government taxes your saving for a college education less than your other savings, you should be grateful for how government has benefited you and your children.

    And if the government doesn’t jail you today, you should be grateful for how government has granted you the benefit of liberty.

    This is the attitude of a serf not an American.

    • WMCB says:

      That’s fabulous. And I agree, we need to keep it clear that “refraining from taking” is not the same thing as “giving”, whatever our position is on what taxes ought to be.

  17. ralphb says:

    Abby Wambach for President cause we need a real leader!

  18. Three Wickets says:

    Sexist pundits in the newsmedia are vomit inducing. All one big Obama loving frat house. The Democratic Party has become the party of sexism, hard to believe this is (was) my party.

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