Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Coulter's gender

Your blogstress finds it rather disheartening to see her fellow liberals, in a rather mean-spirited manner, questioning the gender identification of Ann Coulter, a self-described straight, Christian woman. Just today, your cybertrix read a comment on a liberal site from a reader who said that he had always "read" Coulter as a "trannie."

Tsk, tsk, says your Webwench, who has several trangendered friends, all of them kind, funny and smart people. (After all, there's a reason why they're your net-tĂȘte's friends.) To borrow a construction from Mlle. Coulter, why would you want to insult the transgendered by counting Ann Coulter among them?

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Finding the outrage

Melissa Silverstein of the Women's Media Center offers this take (quoting your blogstress's fabulous former colleague, Mary Kay Blakely) on the new media war between right-wingers and the feminist bloggers who were hired by the John Edwards campaign, only to relinquish those appointments after the noxious Bill Donohue -- a first-rate mysogynist and anti-Semite -- made great hay out of the posts of Pandagon's Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare’s Sister:

As the drama unfolded, others enthusiastically joined the attack, and disturbing sexualized comments flooded into the women’s blogs. "Problem with women like you, you just need a good fucking from a real man," read one posting. Another was, "It’s just too bad your mother didn’t abort you. You are nothing more than a filthy mouth slut. I bet a couple of years in Iraq being raped and beaten daily would help you appreciate America a little."

Sexualized threats against women, and especially feminists, are, of course, nothing new.

Blogs like those of Marcotte and McEwan have become a space for cutting-edge feminist discourse. And when women are vilified for feminist opinions we must all take notice. "In a peculiar way the web and the blog sites are the street movements and street marches and demonstrations of 30 years ago," says Mary Kay Blakely, also on the Missouri School of Journalism faculty. "I always wonder where is the outrage. It’s obviously on the internet."

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Guess Coulter's crowd didn't get the joke

At The Politico, Anne Schroeder offers up some juicy dish on right-wingers apparently appalled by Ann Coulter's gay-bashing:

At a conference in Ft. Lauderdale over the weekend at the Center for Reclaiming America, which is connected to TV preacher James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries, Coulter reiterated her John Edwards description...

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A birdie on the scene told us that after the f-word remark about Johnny Boy, the hundreds of conservatives who filled the church to the brim, gasped in shock. Moments later, she bid her adieu.
For more on this, check out the (PDF file) letter sent by Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United to Rev. Gary Cass of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.

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