Friday, November 03, 2017

‘LA Times’ op-ed calls Sarah Huckabee Sanders ‘chunky’

‘LA Times’ op-ed calls Sarah Huckabee Sanders ‘chunky’

People are calling that sexist.

Well, maybe so, but let me see if I understand this. It is OK to ridicule Donald Trump for his appearance, but not Huckabee-Sanders?

Gee. If only the English language had a word for a standard that applies to one gender that does not apply to the other. Somebody should work on that.

4 comments:

  1. Not as clever as you think, Scoops.

    For one, we're NOT allowed to ridicule Trump for his appearance. Doesn't stop people, but it's bad form. Though it certainly befits a man who acts like a baby to indeed look like one, and folks can point that out if they want to. But calling him fat and mocking his hair and skin tone alone are lame, juvenile ways of attacking him. There's so much more to choose from.

    The difference is this: our culture primarily values women for their appearance. You can try to argue against that if you wish, but THIS IS A SITE FOUNDED ON PICTURES OF NAKED WOMEN, so don't. The "double standard" you're hinting at is already in play with Sanders, which is why it is indeed sexist. It's in the knee-jerk reaction to call her "chunky" instead of, say, "shitty" or "a bald-faced liar" or "a soulless automaton serving the whims of authoritarian fascism." Ya know, for example.

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    1. Despite wandering around the web all day and reading both major liberal newspapers (FNYT and WaPo), I have not come across any protests against those ridiculing Trump's appearance. In fact just about every major political cartoonist exaggerates the Trumpster's already grotesque appearance, but the first tiny dig at Sanders brings out the Warriors. As I see it, ridiculous-looking women are just as valid or invalid a target as ridiculous-looking men. As I pointed out in my first post, English does have a word for a standard that applies to one gender that does not apply to the other. That word is sexist.

      No matter how you cut it, not matter what sensitive defense you may offer, the REAL truth is this: it is sexist NOT to make fun of Sanders' appearance, assuming you make fun of Trump's. You may argue that neither is appropriate, or you may argue that both are appropriate, but any other position is sexist, by definition.

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  2. Don’t see quite the same reaction when Trump is ridiculed for his appearance as when Sanders is referred to as “chunky”

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    1. Precisely. Trump's appearance is ridiculed constantly, with nary a whiff of protest, but one mild dig at Sanders brings out the P.C. Police. That is, in fact, sexist.

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