Tuesday, June 17, 2008

McCainist Sexism: Classic Rape Joke Still A Real Knee-Slapper

Rape, anyone?

Hands up?

No, really, raise your hands? It's okay.

Anyone for rape?

No takers?

Gee, it's like that commenter here who, oddly enough, minded when I called him sweetie. Mind? Mind being called sweetie? Why would anyone mind, eh?

Now there's this one:

"Rape is like bad weather. As long as it's inevitable, why not lie back and enjoy it?"


Classic joke! Classic!

One had forgotten this classic joke, really, one had! One had not recalled, however, its funniness! Which might have something to do with one's being a certified rape crisis counselor, or maybe it is that special time, and one is just feeling sensitive to the point of periodically wanting to attack. You know, suddenly the claws come out.

Anyhow, the classic fun-rape joke turns out to be a favorite of a McCain donor. And John McCain, who himself seems a little over-sensitive at times, is annoyed that some people are finding his donor's fondness for the classic fun-rape joke something objectionable.

And, the swine, they keep asking him about it!
McCain was asked why his staff had even scheduled a fundraiser with Williams, who in 1990 joked that rape was like bad weather: “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” McCain was visibly agitated. He furrowed his brow, fidgeted with his notes, blinked rapidly, scowled, squinted, scoffed and grimaced before answering.

Well, ok, then, so he's not giving back that donor's money, and he hasn't said it was a not so funny joke. Obama gave back all the money from the Ferraro/Clinton big fucking whore fundraiser oh wait wait no he didn't nor did he apologize. He did apologize for "sweetie" and then revealed he calls people sweetie all the time but its just a bad habit so nevermind. But hey its way better than calling them cunts so he sure wins my girlie vote by golly.

On the upside, at least some reporters are asking candidates about this kinda stuff. Is that progress?

"After canceling a fund-raiser to be held at the home of Texas Republican oilman Clayton Williams, Republican presidential candidate John McCain will not be returning $300,000 raised by the controversial oilman.

During an unsuccessful 1990 bid to unseat late Texas governor Ann Richards, Williams remarked that women should give in while being raped. “As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” Williams also said he would campaign against Richards like you would a cow on his ranch, “head her and hoof her and drag her through the dirt,” said Williams.

Democratic National Committee spokeswoman, Karen Finney, called Williams's comments, “not only outrageous and disgusting, they degrade our values as Americans.” Finney continued, “Senator McCain should know that you cannot expect the American people to trust you if you say one thing when you stand on the stump and turn a blind eye to this kind of language when you think no one will notice.”'

Pot calleth kettle black a bit there, sweetie.

Some of us noticed some blind-eye turning, yep. Not to mention some actual use of degrading and disgusting kinda stuff by those who ought to know better but so far don't.

PUMA Obamist = Zero Tolerance.

Anyone paying attention?

(Lie back and enjoy these sweets, sweeties: America's Favorite Progressive Candy: Keith Olbermann Gummi Penises!)


HT said...

Delurking again.
I don't find talk about rape funny, nor do I think it can be excused by any means. I am a rape survivor (not a victim, but a survivor), and I don't find it amusing, nor do I find talk about it intellectually stimulating.
Given that rape is not a sexual crime, but about power, I find the democratic primary campaign repugnant, in that it encouraged gender denigration of women and continues to do so, even after the presumptive nominee has been crowned. I don't find it amusing in anyone at all, let alone people who are trying to become the head of the most powerful country in the world (to date...that may not last). Another thing I don't find amusing - rape is not a gender issue - it is not limited to females, yet no attention is given to the male survivors.
Strangely, the constant denigration of females over the democratic primary campaign awakened a very old, suppressed memory of childhood abuse, and I'm back in therapy, so I suppose it's been a benefit of sorts. Strange world we live in.
Fortunately, we live in a world where therapy is available (at a price). What happens to women and men in other areas of the world where therapy is not available, or there is no money to spend on getting mentally healthy?
Okay, back to lurking. Rape is a button issue with me, but I'm breathing deeply and chanting Ohmmmmmmmm.

BTW, I'm not a new reader. Have been here for awhile as I have at other sites. I just never post as there are usually so many other people who can express themselves better than I, and espouse opinions that are the same as mine. You have a way with words and I enjoy your postings. Back to lurking.

No Blood for Hubris said...

You're quite right, HT. Thanks so much for your comment.

femB4dem said...

Oh for Goddess sake, must they really make it this hard? Vote for horrid old sexist, or horrid young sexist -- hmm, which is the lesser of two evils? UGH! What do you suppose would happen if they held an election and nobody came because they simply could not stomach voting for either of the choices?

No Blood for Hubris said...

McCain is worse. Had an epiphany (see below). But that doesn't mean I'm going to shut up about the other one.

No Blood for Hubris said...

I liked Vast Leftwing Conspiracy's notion that Obamism is in danger of creating yet another political subgroup: Dems Who Can't Fucking Stand McCain for McCain.

JSN said...

Ignoring the personalities for a moment, like this reasonably amusing video posted at Jesus's General about John McCain (which shows the wrong wife) and the c*** word, let's pretend policies matter.

McCain has a perfectly abyssmal (or perfect, depending on your views) record on abortion.

Outside of abortion, there really aren't that many _actual_ _laws_ that have to do with gender. Which gives the President little chance to veto, or even enforce, laws in a way to show whether or not he walks the walk, regardless of what kind of talk he talks.

Now, people like my mother think we won't see a female President in her lifetime because HRC lost the Dem primary. However, Barack came from almost nowhere, and, to tell you the truth, the Wal-Mart board member (never a peep about their union busting) and Iraq War voter wasn't going to make me proud.

No Blood for Hubris said...

I couldn't care less about having a woman president, per se.

But you're not getting the point of why many regular longterm loyal Dems are not willing to toe the Obama party line.