This past Wednesday USA Today published an almost universally ignored article which demands attention from all Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin supporters. As we Hillary Clinton supporters know, sexism and misogyny as political attacks are extremely effective:
“Calling a female candidate such sexist names as “ice queen” and “mean girl” significantly undercuts her political standing, a new study of voter attitudes finds, doing more harm than gender-neutral criticism based solely on her policy positions and actions.
Harder-edged attacks, such as referring to her as a prostitute, were equally damaging among voters, according to research commissioned by a non-partisan coalition of women’s advocacy groups.
The survey said the advice often given to women — to ignore the attacks rather than risk giving them more attention or legitimacy — turns out to be wrong. In the study, responding directly helped the female candidate regain lost ground and cost her opponent support.”
Mainline “women’s advocacy groups” (think NARAL which supported John Edwards! then Barack Obama) stabbed Hillary Clinton in the back or disappeared during the primaries. Phony women advocates like Oprah Winfrey (who voted skin color not character) likewise proved either hapless or treacherous. Neither Hillary nor Sarah Palin should expect decency or support from mainline women’s groups.
Many of these “women’s advocacy groups” betrayed their constituents (yup Gay and other organizations were/are equally treacherous to their own too) and went with Obama-come-lately rather than a tried and true and effective friend. Now these dolts are “stunned”:
“I was stunned at the magnitude of the effect of even mild sexism,” says Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who conducted the survey. “Right now campaigns tend to be silent and try to tough it out, and this really opens up a whole new strategy of responding.”
The groups that sponsored the research are the Women’s Media Center, the WCF Foundation and Political Parity. Thursday, they will announce a joint initiative called “Name It. Change It” designed to monitor and respond to sexism against female candidates in the media.
Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, president of WCF, says demeaning or belittling language routinely afflicts women in both parties, from Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008 to Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware now.”
We hope but will wait and see (and won’t hold our breaths) if the flowery words from the Women’s Media Center are worth a damn. We’ll wait and see if they denounce the sexism and misogyny directed at Sarah Palin and/or Hillary Clinton when the corrupt Obama Dimocratic Party tells them to shut up. If they live up to their words we will praise them and hug them as allies.
The article cites attacks against Senator Lisa Murkowski as a prostitute, Senator Mary Landrieu as a “high-class prostitute” and Harry Reid’s recent description of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as “the hottest member” (a particularly ugly double meaning insult). The article does not cite currently up for election Christine O’Donnell (hey Women’s Center lets see if you tackle this one) as she is called a “whore” on national television by Judge Karen Mills-Frances and cheered on by Joy Behar.
That's a long excerpt but it's a really important column.
And now for movies! I didn't see any objection and I had 15 say go for it. So I will be reviewing an animated film: "Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman."
I wanted to like this. You can stream it at Netflix.
But I don't think you'll like it. I've seen "The New Batman Adventures" before. It can be funny, it's usually worth watching. This film was not.
Batgirl has one scene where she's a silly ninny with a crush on Batman.
Batman's voice didn't work with the material and made him seem younger than the character was supposed to be. Robin was worthless in the entire film.
Batwoman? She's not gay. This is from 2003. (Two or so years ago, Batwoman became gay in the comic books.) She's also not Batwoman.
Spoiler warning: She's Batwomen.
There are three women who are Batwoman. (Batwoman -- by any of the three -- is voiced by Kyra Sedgwick and she's the best voice actor working in the film and the only one who's really inspired in her role.)
Other than Sedgwick, I would praise the drawing for the most part. But the movie? You want it to be over about 30 minutes before it is. And the last 20 minutes are completely predictable.
If I was going to watch it with the sound off (I do that sometimes), it would be a good movie. But with the sound on, the art and Sedgwick are the only things worth praising.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"