Apparently, while I was going to school and working today, someone at Playboy decided to post a list of ten Conservative women they’d love to hate-fuck.
You know what a hate-fuck is, kids? It’s rape. Playboy posted an article (that has since been removed) on their blog listing ten women they want to rape.
Jimmie at Sundries Shack weighs in with the best headline I’ve seen so far: I don’t know Guy Cimbalo, but I’d enjoy Punching Him in the Mouth. Ed Morrissey posts about it at Hot Air. John Hawkins at Right Wing News posts the list and some of the accompanying text here. And apparently, Playboy sent the link to conservative bloggers. *facepalm*
Smart Girl Politics condemned the post, stating “The language used in Mr. Cimbalo’s screed was misogyny, pure and simple. The vile nature of the article indicates that the author, and apparently Playboy Magazine, advocates violence against women with whom they don’t agree. The true feminists of today will not tolerate this kind of hateful exploitation.”
And they’re absolutely right. There’s a reason that rape is unfunny business—because it’s not frakking funny.
But should I really be surprised that Playboy, a magazine that devotes itself to defining beauty based on breast size, blondeness, and how orange your spray tan is rather than what makes you unique or—God forbid!—what’s in your head, would publish something like this? Women are unthinking clones to the people at PB (how many centerfolds actually say anything substantive?), so it would only follow that any woman with a dissenting opinion about the world is immediately WRONG and ought to be raped. It’s really a shame that none of these conservative women have men in their lives who could tell them what they ought to believe and remind them about their lip injection and spray tan appointments; maybe then, lists like this would be unnecessary. (Bonus points if that man is upwards of 80 years old.)
Look, between Ms. Marvel, Black Cat, and all the other great superheroines whose backstories are littered with rape and sexual assaults (rape is the only way to motivate a woman to action, you know! *eyeroll*), I’m really, really sick of rape being thrown around (and even, apparently, encouraged in some circles) like it’s not an important issue and a serious problem. RAPE IS NOT FUNNY. It’s an act that’s meant to humiliate the victim and make him or her completely powerless; it’s used to subjugate people and force them to submit. It’s a sexual act only in the act itself; otherwise, it’s a total exercise of power over another person. Nobody deserves to endure such treatment, and especially not people who do something so minor as to have a different political belief than you do. (Geez. Give me a break.)
I can’t begin to fathom what would have happened if a conservative pundit—say, Limbaugh, or Hannity—had compiled such a list about liberal women. Feminist groups would be horrified and furious and make all kinds of demands in a quest for justice. And they’d be right in their protests that rape shouldn’t be treated with such levity. So where are they? Where’s NOW? Where are the feminist bloggers decrying this article and demanding an apology to these ten women? I certainly hope there are some liberal feminists doing so, but I’m not holding my breath.
I don’t see anything empowering to women in airbrushing them until they’re unrecognizable and forcing them into a contrived notion of what’s attractive. And I sure as hell don’t see anything empowering in telling a group of them—not just these ten women, but every non-left-leaning woman as well—that they deserve to be raped.
Update: Tommy Christopher, a liberal blogger, comes through with Playboy Magazine Officially Hates Women, Conservative or Otherwise I agree with it so, so much. (It actually makes me squee a little.)
And way to go, Jezebel!
– Ed Driscoll has a good round-up.
– Screencaps of the article (When will print media learn that you can’t remove something from the Internet and expect that it’s actually gone forever? *sigh*)
– Frugal Cafe Blog Zone: No Hate Here at Playboy, Guys… Just Some Good Ol’, Fun-Lovin’ Power-Rape of Conservative Women