The ugly politics of slut shaming

2014-02-04 10.47.31

By Robert Mann

Don’t you find it highly offensive when women express their opinions about politics? Even more so when they pretend that they’re actually qualified to hold political office?

Those were the strong sentiments that some conservatives expressed on Twitter this week after prominent women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke announced that she might seek a California congressional seat (she’s decided to run for the state Senate, instead).

That news caused the misogynists on Twitter to go absolutely bonkers. They fired a volley of nasty, sexists tweets at Fluke, who testified before Congress in 2012 in support of requiring all insurance polices to cover contraceptive services. You may recall that this fairly mainstream position prompted Rush Limbaugh to call Fluke a “slut” on his national radio show.

As the crazed reaction to Fluke’s news demonstrated, political slut shaming continues unabated. It is any wonder so many talented women reject politics as a profession? They know they’ll be called “whore” and “slut” simply for offering themselves as candidates. That’s a kind of sexually charged abuse almost never directed at male politicians.

Here is a taste of the ugly tweets about Fluke, with some sexist tweets aimed at other female politicians tossed in for good measure.

Read ‘em and weep.

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5 thoughts on “The ugly politics of slut shaming

  1. How have we gotten to this point in our public discourse? How do young women participate in such bashing? Rumors start all the time and take wings about all kinds of people. Its another way of bullying. These comments from people who probably consider themselves Christian; but I wonder What WouldJesus Do?

  2. I find it very interesting that in your two posts on this subject, you haven’t cited any examples of Leftist commentators using the same exact names towards Sarah Palin and Laura Ingram.

  3. You call that behavior “slut-shaming”, a ridiculous term to describe behavior that is insanely misogynistic. The Left may “do it too” but never to the degree or fever pitch that conservatives do.

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