By now youve probably heard more than enough of Slutgate. Or have you? Theres so much to love about this newest episode of "Sex and Politics." The creepy lasciviousness of Rush Limbaughs imaginings of Sandra Flukes sex life. The melodramatic theatrics of Obamas phone call to Fluke for the sake of his daughters. The faux outrage of Limbaugh advertisers who had no idea that they were sponsoring a trash-talking bad boy. The fact that Rushs insult of the previously unknown Fluke will probably turn out to be the best thing thats ever happened to her. Gloria Allreds campaign — in the name of feminism! — to have Rush prosecuted under a 19th-century Florida law protecting women against false charges of non-chastity. Tom Wolfe: we need you. Now.
To my mind, the most entertaining part of the entire circus has been watching it dawn on people that there has always been a double standard depending on whether the target woman is liberal or conservative. Call Sarah Palin a c–t and everyone yawns. Call Sandra Fluke a prostitute and the president is on the line. After a good swing at Rush on The Daily Beast, Kirsten Powers did a masterful job of cataloguing "the army of swine on the left" who have enjoyed verbal powerball against women on the right without seeing their sponsors flinch, including Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, David Letterman, Rolling Stones Matt Taibbi, Chris Matthews, and the Sultan of Twat, Bill Maher.
Actually, these men had good reason to think they were on safe ground. They had been given implicit permission for their poor taste by feminists who themselves had been raising questions about the chromosomal makeup of conservative women ever since second-wave feminism crashed onto American shores. Im old enough to remember when Gloria Steinem called Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison a "female impersonator" and when other feminists proposed that Margaret Thatcher was actually a man in drag. When Sarah Palin came along, the theme swelled to operatic heights. At The New York Times website, Judith Warner called her nomination "an insult to women," Cintra Wilson at Salon wrote that "Sarah Palin may be a lady, but she aint no woman," and on a Washington Post blog Wendy Doniger joined in by noting that "[Palins] greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman." (Donigers byline described her as "a Hindu specialist at the University of Chicago Divinity School"; Im no expert on Hinduism or divinity, but it sounds like Doniger has chosen a career for which she may not be well suited.)
Slutgate has revived the theme of conservative women as a third sex. Just last week, "progressive talk show personality" Randi Rhodes launched into a tirade on the subject that made Bill Maher look like Pee-wee Herman. "You know, these women, somebody really needs to go repossess their ovaries," she said of conservative women. "Really, truly, they have no right to them. They are fabulous, little organs and they have absolutely no right to be estrogen-bearing beings. Okay? Just cut em off, let em go through the hot flashes, let em just sit there and complain about hormone therapy, okay? Just take the ovaries and get it over with. Because they dont deserve to have estrogen. They really dont. Its a privilege."
Stop and wonder for a moment at Rhodes lunatic hatred, but lets not ignore the deeper point here. Second- and third-wave feminists have insisted that they speak for women. They know what constitutes "womens issues." They define how to achieve womens progress — more government services, regulations, and laws, legalized abortion, not just equality but parity. The issue here is not whether you think these policies are good or bad; I might agree with some of them myself. Its why liberal feminists have convinced the media and themselves that they are the ones who know and speak for women. What do we then make of creatures with ovaries who dont agree with them? Ed Schultz and Bill Maher: take it away.
Original Source: http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/12/conservative-women-the-third-sex/