There is an aspect to the misogyny that is mentioned here and there, but doesn't get the full attention it deserves, and that is the class bias thoroughly interwoven with the gender hatred. Gov. Palin (yes, kids, she *is* a governor and I'm damnwell giving her the title she has earned.) and even more her daughter are being typified not just as female or sexually promiscuous females, but specifically as white trash females. Class, race and gender are all mixed into a seething stew served up by the privileged white males (and far too many females) of the MSM and the political establishment (Both parties - contemptuous stereotyping is not just for Republicans anymore!). In a class by itself, we get the raving Boyz of Left Blogistan, revving up the Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby known as Daily Kos and going for a gang-banging joy ride through the Palin family's reproductive organs.
I have written about this before, pointing out the deep revulsion the political and cultural elite feels towards things working class and especially things working-class, white and Southern. The original sin of Bill Clinton was to be a hick from Arkansas who didn't disavow his roots. The greater sin of Hillary Rodham Clinton was to marry that hick and stick with him even when he acted like a Bubba. Lower class white females are treated with even greater contempt than their male counterparts, reduced to Dolly Parton boobs, Daisy Duke butts, and Britney Spears midriffs. Above all, a lurid fascination with their alleged propensity for beastiality and incest, with accusations of the latter making an appearance in the current assaults. After all, "we" nice clean college educated denizens of Whole Foods Nation know about "those" kind of people. What do we know about them?
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It is not just that Gov. Palin is female and conservative. The cheeto brigade would not heap this kind of visceral hatred on Republican women who are part of their own class. The names are already bandied about - Carly Fiorina, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Christine Todd Whitman, Liddy Dole, etc. "Why weren't these more deserving women selected?" goes the cry (hint, it has to do with the conservative base, you know, a political decision?) These women are not "beauty queens" with questionable sexual pasts (that we know virtually nothing about their sexual pasts kind of proves the point - they are not being dug up), they have the correct number of children (if any) born at respectable points in their lives and properly raised not to get knocked up at politically inconvenient times. That Gov. Palin is a smart, college educated woman who knows how to gets things done (bracketing for a moment whether those are the things I would wish to see done) simply won't be acknowledged. It's all about how she uses her reproductive tract. It is even alleged that McCain chose her because he simply wanted to stare at her body, agin reducing her to her (slutty) sex appeal and him to a dirty old man. As I've discussed over the last few days, the refusal to look directly at the political reasons for choosing Gov. Palin only hurts Democrats.
Another element I don't think is being addressed enough is the "taking out" part of removing the trash. Aside from Hillary, name me another presidential ticket contender who has been the obsessive focus of such widespread and aggressive verbal violence. These attacks are far in excess of anything necessary to discredit a political rival. The politically savvy thing to do was to play it cool like Hillary did, and calmly, politely and firmly dismiss this person on the only grounds that matter - Republican policies. Hillary keeps trying to remind the party that when the political objectives of your opponent are wrong, none of the rest is relevant. The Democratic message should be the same whether the VP choice is Palin or Pawlenty, Ridge or Romney.
But there do not appear to be any bounds to the indignation, even rage, that this, this, tart from Alaska presumes to be the VP. As with the assaults on Hillary, the squalls of the MSM and the blogosphere are like the infant who can't make Mommy do what he wants so he is going to wish her dead. The posts and comments on Gov. Palin and her oldest daughter are invasive, trying to tunnel inside of their offending bodies and shred them from within. It is the same rage that Olbermann spewed when he asked for someone to take Hillary into a dark room and murder her. It is not as far from the recent murders of women in Pakistan - shot and buried alive - as we would like to believe. These women sought to control their bodies and their lives and were murdered for it. Bristol Palin is living her incredibly ordinary teenage life and these modern day Dimmesdales have appointed themselves judge, jury and executioner in her case. How dare a 17 year old "girl" fuck without our consent! (Or our participation...)
And now we are into more tropes of white female trashitude with the Boyz naming her upcoming union a "shotgun wedding". Never mind that she wears an engagement ring and that her neighbors were well aware of the situation and were happy for the young couple. Yup, Pappy's gunna make that young buck git hitched, even iffen' he don't wanna, an make an honest women outta the lyin' slut. Um, no. I have too many friends who are in fully committed relationships from their late teens onward who do not bother to get married until a pregnancy occurs. My own very traditional in-laws had collective freak-outs over the fact that me and the spousal unit were (gasp!) living together in sin (What are her folks going to think? my FIL demanded of my not-yet husband) until I was presented a proper engagement ring. Then it was cool. Then the hubby had done the correct social thing and his immigrant Catholic family was content that all was right with the world. The rituals of marriage are more flexible and common sense than you think.
The media mesage is coming through loud and clear - white trash women are sluts for us to fuck with as we please. They should not aspire to higher than the shanty that houses their (incestuous) family and should know this is not their place to trash. They need to remain breeeders and feeders. I mean, how can we associate with these women? They don't even have Ivy League degrees to make up for their slutitude! If they won't stay in their place then we will take them out like the trash they are.
Women preceived to be of a lower socio-economic classes, regardless of their color, regardless of their actual status, are treated like trash - cheap, dirty, used, disposable objects undeserving of civil rights and privacy, let alone common decency.