Sunday, May 27, 2012

Stay classy, Dan Riehl

About a couple years ago, I made a brief post about Dan Riehl's sexism, aimed at a Republican Senator whom he disliked because she was insufficiently right-wing. Although I have few kind things to say about Sen. Murkowski's politics, I would certainly advise against referring to her as a bitch, or any other demeaning label.

Suffice it to say, he seems to exhibit a pervasive pattern of behavior that quite frankly anyone with more than a functioning brainstem should find abhorrent. Various bloggers at LGF have been documenting Riehl's latest handiwork. If one gets the impression from reading through the various tweets and posts that Riehl and his buddies are a bunch of creepers, one is largely correct.

I know that a lot of right-wing bloggers were making a big deal about Hustler mogul Larry Flynt's  rather disgusting parody photo of S. E. Cupp. A couple observations. One: there is a double-standard at work, in which the same right-wingers who would have no problems at all objectifying women whom they identify as "leftist" (which usually is a catchall for anyone who is moderately reformist) get bent out of shape when one of their own tribe is objectified. Two: I see a lot of attempts at false equivalence at work. The logic is that Larry Flynt's latest atrocity is evidence that "the left" is just as bad in their treatment of women as "the right". Never mind that I have yet to meet either an anticapitalist leftist or a moderate to liberal reformist who approved of Flynt or his magazine, Hustler, or have considered him one of their own. Flynt is a capitalist who is in the business of playing on the basest sexist impulses of our society in order to make a profit. Riehl is a blogger who buys into the base sexism of our society and exploits it in order to get more hits for his blog. Both are symptomatic of a bigger problem - namely our own society's profound fear of and hostility toward women, and one in which there is not only a great deal of individual sexism, but sexism built into the very structures of our society.

As someone else has already said:
Where conservatives look at the Hustler “parody” as indicative of liberal contempt for conservative women, feminists see a larger problem about how women are treated that affects everything from health insurance to how much you take home on your paycheck. To have condemned Limbaugh for his sexism in the same unconditional manner would have been a distraction, because the real problem isn’t sexism, it’s liberals. For feminists, sexism is the problem, period.
Precisely. Sexism is the problem, period.

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