I don't care for the woman. Like C.I., I would prefer to never do anything to give the woman publicity. C.I. will not mention her name. Even in private conversations. But that's who she's referring to in the snapshot, Camile Paglia.
I think that has to be noted because women 30 and under will probably know right away. Men 40 and under will know right away most likely. But a huge number of people will have no idea.
Naomi Wolf made her media name battling CP. Feminists were required/obligated to defend Naomi even though Naomi reasoned poorly and self-embarrassed. (For the record, I did not defend Naomi or shower her with false praise as she attempted her back-and-forth with CP in the pages of, where else, The New Republic. Nor did C.I.)
But what really happened was Naomi studied CP closely to learn how it was done and now she's aping Camile Paglia. That's exactly what she's doing. Naomi's offensive remarks on rape today are not all that different from Camile's back in the early 90s.
Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann are part of the team attacking rape survivors. Kate Harding takes on Keith in the following.
"#mooreandme Day 7: Keith Olbermann's got questions, I've got answers" (Kate Harding, kateharding.info):
Olbermann: What if he’s not guilty?
- If he’s not guilty, it’s still a fact that he was accused of rape.
- If he’s not guilty, it’s still a fact that unprotected consensual sex is perfectly legal in Sweden.
- If he’s not guilty, it’s still a fact that the allegations are about far more than a broken condom.
- If he’s not guilty, it’s still a fact that you didn’t correct Michael Moore when he distorted all of the above facts during an interview with you.
- If he’s not guilty, it’s still a fact that you personally spread ridiculous misinformation as well.
- If he’s not guilty, it’s still a fact that you boosted the signal on a patently ludicrous, nakedly sexist article by an unreliable writer. [UPDATE: Olbermann just said on Twitter that he "repudiated the linked article weeks back when the author was alleged to have been a holocaust denier." I have no idea where he did that, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.] [UPDATE 2: On Dec. 7, he tweeted "If the author of that article is a holocaust denier, I repudiate him and what he wrote, and apologize for retweeting the link" in an @ reply to user @mcmoynihan -- meaning it would only show up in feeds of people who follow both Olbermann and Moynihan, and on Olbermann's main page -- not in his 150K+ followers' feeds. So yes, he apologized for that before #mooreandme started, but not quite publicly.)
- If he's not guilty, it's still a fact that trivializing real rape allegations contributes to a culture in which victims are hesitant to report being raped for fear that they won't be believed.
I'm not Katha Pollitt, okay? I don't shut up because it might hurt some man. (Katha confessed to that in 2008.)
I don't give a damn. I'm a grown woman and I expect women to be treated fairly and their rights recognized. If I said the same but had "man" in the sentence, it wouldn't raise an eyebrow. That I have to say it today goes to how sexist this country is. "Bash The Bitch," as Ava and C.I. observed so many years ago, is the real American sport.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):