Monday, October 11, 2010

Female On Female Misogyny: Jerry Brown's Wife Allegedly Called Meg Whitman A Whore

Some of the most vile offenders of sexism towards women are...other women. 
The most recent example of this is in Califiornia in the gubernatorial campaign where the Brown campaign was stupid enough to let a campaign strategy discussion get caught on tape. In that discussion, someone in Jerry Brown's staff thought it was a good idea to call Meg Whitman a "whore." Well, that mysterious campaign staffer might be none other Jerry Brown's wife, Anne Gust Brown. 
I guess relational aggression isn't for limited to girls in K-12 schools. 
The real fight for equality may not be with men but with other women. Apparently, not all women are equal among women. Kirsten Powers, a liberal feminist, has the intellectual honesty  to recognize this. She recognizes that the some of the most sexist people are on the planet are liberal women who proclaim themselves to be feminists. Yet these women often demean conservative women for simply being women who have their own political opinions. Kirsten Powers provides a short list of examples of liberal feminist  women spewing sexist comments towards conservative women: 
Last month, liberal talk show host Stephanie Miller laughed uproariously when a female guest on her show said that if she ever met Michelle Malkin, “I would kick [her] right in the nuts,” and warned, “Wear a cup, lady.”
Or how about this: “You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women. You sure can’t find out by how they vote.” This is what Democratic Rep. Janis Baird Sontany of Nashville said earlier this year of her female GOP colleagues.
Or this: “Sarah Palin may be a lady, but she ain't no woman,” as Cinta Wilson wrote during the tsunami of anti-Palin hysteria in 2008. In her Salon piece, Wilson went on to refer to the Alaska governor as a “Christian Stepford wife in a ‘sexy librarian’ costume” and the GOP’s “hardcore pornographic centerfold spread.
So far, California has been ground zero for female on female misogyny. And its coming from California liberals who are supporting Jerry Brown. Clearly, Mrs. Brown's,(if it was her that said it) sexist comment towards Meg Whitman is going to hurt her husband's chances of getting elected. And Gloria Steinem, a long time friend and supporter of Jerry Brown, is another liberal misogynist who recently said conservative women cannot be Feminists. Not that her lawsuit against Meg Whitman helping his campaign either. 
The fact that Jerry Brown got NOW's endorsement the day after the audiotape of the campaign calling Meg Whitman a whore is odd despite the fact that they don't like it when people call a powerful women a prostitute. I doubt the endorsement is going to help Jerry Brown at all. 
Since NOW is willing to align itself with Jerry Brown, they clearly demonstratesthat they don't believe in equality of women among women. They're not fighting for equality. Not for women in relation to men. And certainly not among other women. They are strictly a partisan ideological extension of the liberal left. That's why they're willing to tolerate the misogyny that has been spewing forth from the Jerry Brown campaign. 
Which is why their outrage is reserved for liberal women, not conservative women. Calling a politician a whore is an offensive and misogynist comment...unless you're a conservative woman. Only then is calling a woman a "whore" not an offensive term and is perfectly acceptable among alleged feminists. By supporting Jerry Brown, they're also endorsing the very misogyny they claim to be fighting against. 
California should be proud of the fact that it is many successful women both on the left and the right are competing for the hearts of and minds of its state citizens during this election cycle. Meg Whitman, the former CEO of Ebay, isn't the only successful woman in this election. Carly Fiorina, a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), is competing against Barbra Boxer, a woman who has been the Senator of California for a long time. Anne Gust Brown, a successful business women who used to be the Chief Legal counsel for The Gap, should be proud of this fact, even if her husband is vying to be the next governor of California.
If Anne Gust Brown really believes in equality for women,  among men and women, she should apologize to Meg Whitman for her sexist comment.

UPDATE 10.15.10: NOW just doesn't know when to quit, does it?  The juicy part is below:
Last week, the National Organization for Women and the PAC of the California NOW chapter took heat for their endorsement of state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) over Meg Whitman (R) in the gubernatorial race in the wake of comments by a Brown aide that Whitman was a "whore." At the time, national NOW President Terry O'Neill said that anyone who "from here on" calls a woman a "whore" should be fired.
She might want to have a talk with California NOW President Parry Bellasalma, who today told TPM in response to a question that "Meg Whitman could be described as 'a political whore.' Yes, that's an accurate statement."
Will NOW fire Parry Bellasalma? I hope so. If it doesn't, what is the message NOW will be sending to women? Its not ok for others to call women whores, but its ok  if feminist call other women whores!? That's not acceptable.

1 comment:

  1. N.O.W. Is that an acronym for Nasty Old Whores???