Sunday, April 13, 2008

It's the Sexism, Stupid!

Watch it at YouTube, here.

Watch it if you dare, testosterone-deprived acne-pocked media whore media sexist sniggering fratboys. [MSNBC, Matthews, Carlson, FlabbyMatt Taibbi, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Kristol, Olbermann, Shuster, Cafferty, Beck, Cavuto, Russert, Barnicle, Scarborough, Snyder, etc. etc.]

And all you sniggering fratboy sympathizers. [MoDo, HuffPo]

And the rest of some of the rest of you who are Faux-liberal Manichaean sexist sniggering fratboys who don't even know that you are sexist sniggering fratboys. [Kos, Aravosis, PDA, Move-on, Buzzflash, Olbermann, FlabbyMatt Taibbi, Shuster, Rich]

Watch it if you dare. All the way to the end.

But don't forget:
"While women have been elected to the highest offices in countries such as England, Germany, and India, [oh, and not to mention Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Israel, and Ireland -- who have I forgotten?] the idea that a woman could be president of the United States provokes scoffs and ridicule.

The press portrays female candidates as unviable, unnatural, and incompetent, and often ignores or belittles women instead of reporting their ideas and intent. [What? They DO??]

Since voters learn most details about presidential candidates through media outlets, Falk asserts that this prevailing bias calls into question the modern democratic assumption that men and women have comparable access to positions of power." -- Women for President, Media Bias in Eight Campaigns

Sexism pervading America? What? Well, I must tell you that I'm shocked. Shocked.

[Why do I now call Matt Taibbi "FlabbyMatt"? Check out his most recent anti-Hillary screed, in which he leads off by disparaging the physical appearance of a leading candidate for President of the United States, hurling an insult that is at once both sexist AND ageist. Way to go, FlabbyMatt.]

Bill O'Reilly rips off my post title, here.


Lew Scannon said...

I don't think these people are misogynistic, they probably feel that Sen. Clinton isn't the best candidate. I think most people I know feel that if the democrats were to run a candidate who wasn't slippery with the facts they would support them, male or female. We complain when the media gives Bush a free pass, should we expect the same for Sen. Clinton? Seems a bit hypocritical, if you asked me.

No Blood for Hubris said...

Lew, did you watch the YouTube piece?

This isn't about people liking or disliking Clinton's policies.

This is about sexism. This is about major media figures repeatedly disparaging a candidate solely on the basis of gender. Not on the basis of ideas. That's what makes the YouTube clip so damning.

If you did not link to it and watch it, all the way to the end, please do so. Then let's discuss it. (I can't believe you would have watched that piece all the way through and felt they were talking about her ideas).

Uppity Woman said...

Thanks for stopping by and I am glad I found you. We must stick together and bring this sexist piece of crap down. I and my generation didn't fight the good fight in corporate America to stand idly by and watch this twit take it away from our daughters without them even noticing before it's too late.

Trust me. I know a sexist, marginalizing pig when I see one. And Barack Obama represents a return to the 70s. Be well. I have your back.

Lew Scannon said...

Truthfully, I did not watch the youtube piece, as I have dial up and it takes forever to download (I always skip blog posts that are nothing but videos for that reason)when it does down load (sometimes, I'll only get ten seconds of a video before it goes all tweaky on me). But to think that things have changed for the better under Bush is a bit naive, especially with the corporate media being cheerleaders for the right wing, which has a decidely anti-feminist agenda. My reasons for disliking Sen. Clinton have nothing to do with gender and everything to do with her "misstatements".

jacilyn said...

Maybe someone could get a protest going or at least a letter-writing campaign to get Flabby Matt fired, on the grounds that he's offensive to look at.

Wouldn't it be fun to hear all the men going on about what a dumb, trivial reason that is to suggest that someone can't do their job?

No Blood for Hubris said...

Lew -- I don't think I've ever ever said that things have changed for the better under Bush -- what gave you that impression? It's the fallout from Bush's hubris that gave birth to this blog, which has been fiercely critical of him right from the get-go.

Anyhow, the fact that you're not gender-biased doesn't mean that gender bias isn't a huge problem in the US of A -- from both the right and the left (who should know better imho). If that clip downloads, I think you'll see just what I mean.

Jacilyn -- yes, it was his piece in Rolling Stone that I meant. Didn't feel like linking to it. It's incredible how invisible gender bias is -- and how acceptable it is even when it's obvious.

GeekLove08 said...

Thank you for taking the time to create a blog post on the video "Mad as Hell/Bitch".

The video was created by two grassroots supporters who met online, IndyRobin and GeekLove08. It took 4 weeks to create the video as we were collaborating via e-mail and we had a lot of material to work with. Both of us are fairly new to YouTube-- I started to create videos in February and this was IndyRobin's first video.

We believe that the message of misogyny, as well as the character assassination of Hillary Clinton, by the media is an important one. We are "mad as hell" that television has become what Edward R. Murrow had warned about in 1958 when he said "This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box."

Thanks to people like you, the video has gone "viral" spreading through the internet, and perhaps inspiring people to speak out against the media.

If you and/or your readers have the opportunity, we would appreciate it very much if you could go to the original video post on YouTube and RATE the video, post a COMMENT on the video, and FAVORITE the video. These actions will help the video earn YouTube "honors" which may help further promote the video online. (You can get to the YouTube site for the video by double clicking the video on your blog.)

Thanks again for your post.


P.S. The video is NOT an anti-Obama video, but rather a video against the media bias. No matter who one supports, this type of character assassination and sexism by the media should not be tolerated. However, for those who do support Hillary Clinton, a donation to her campaign, for those who can afford it, would be great. There is a donation link on YouTube. The donation link appears when you click "More info" that appears next to the video information "Added: April 06, 2008". I will also try to post a link here too -- Click to Donate. Thanks.

the rev. paperboy said...

While I don't think all opposition to Hillary is driven by sexism, I think it is fair to say a lot of it is.

And they forgot Canada, though I can see how you might, since the only female Prime Minister we've had so far was the catastrophic Kim Campbell who was left holding the bag for Brian Mulroney and was so uniformly horrible by any standard she can almost be blamed for Canada shying away from the idea of a woman as prime minister. Yes, that bad. Though to be fair, the current chump is bad enough to make some of us swear off ever voting for a man again, hell I'd go so far as to say swear off voting for a biped.

unityindiversity said...

Best ever video and great site here! Sad true story: I have a daughter who refuses to hook up their big screen for TV/cable service because she doesn't want their young daughters exposed to hypnotic TV junk. Also busy with little kids you can imagine she has no time, either, to discuss politics - but she is a Hillary voter.

I sent her link to the video - that starts with Murrow speaking while showing MSM dumps on Hillary (before the upbeat music part). She called me and send she had to turn it off before she got to the music part - because she couldn't stand anymore of those lunatics raving against Hillary.

Point is this: Never watching TV anymore herself, she simply could NOT believe it when I told her those were typical excerpts of what's on the Main News Channels people watch these days! She thought it was just some lunatic fringe right wing show clip !!! (and she's only been out of the TV loop for 3 years.)

Gives perspective on what used to be called "news" and the rampant, unmitigated, unregulated INSANITY that many people tune in every day and night now. Now wonder 30% of the country is on anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drugs (supposed statistic anyway.)

Just got a site up. Come visit and take our debate poll.


Catherine Morgan said...

Great post. I used it at The Political Voices of Women. :-)