So evidently a bunch of 'wingers are trying to defend Rush Limbaugh with the the "moral equivalent" ploy. They're saying something on the order of "well, Bill Maher does it too."
Well, technically, to the best of my knowledge Maher hasn't spent multiple hours over the course of several days specifically calling one completely average, thoroughly normal person a slut, a prostitute, and a parasite. Nor has Maher exhorted a one particular woman, nor the ~51% of the population who, frankly, just isn't that different from that woman to "pay him what he's owed" by... posting sex tapes for him to enjoy. The way Rush Limbaugh has.
But you know what? You don't have to be as viscous, unscrupulous, as calculated, or as big a bully as Rush Limbaugh to still be a fucking wholesale misogynist jerk.
You can just be a plain old retail sexist jerk. Like Bill Maher when he says things like
‘If you were on a sinking ship and yelled, “Women and children first!” how much feminist opposition do you think you’d get? . . . Women want to fight men for equal pay, but how often do they fight a man for the check? . . . And any man who questions a woman’s physical capabilities gets branded a sexist — but who do they call when there’s a spider to be killed? Convenient feminism — crackpot theory or dangerous lunacy?’
Or when he opined that it was a bad idea for Ellen Degeneres to cry about adopting a dog or something because it would hurt then-candidate and, I guess, fellow woman Hillary Clinton's chances on the campaign trail. Or something.
Or how about just check out the time he actually got the jump on Limbaugh's call for Sandra Fluke to post sex tapes by asserting that since (in his opinion) breast-feeding moms really just want to show off their boobs they should only do it at Hooters restaurants.
In pretty much exactly the same way a clock tattooed on a pig's ass the Right Wing can be right about something twice a day. And they're right that just like people should call out Rush Limbaugh for emitting truckloads of misogynist pig shit every single day, people should also call out left-leaning people like Bill Maher on those occasions when he pinches out an equally offensive little misogynist turd of a "joke." Like the time Maher "joked" that he hoped Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann would "split the MILF vote." Or when the late Christopher Hitchens did it. Or David Letterman. Or Stephen Fry. Or techno-geeks. Or me (because I'm probably not that much of an angel either.) Or...
Gee. It actually looks like people on the left call out other people on the left for being sexist jerks all the time. As compared to people on the right who...
Ok, so maybe a better analogy might be that a calendar tattooed on a pig's butt being right once a year. Or however often someone on the right goes so far off the deep end that even Republican kowtowing wimps say something... however kowtowing and wimpy. But the point remains! While right-wingers lament only Limbaugh's "choice of words," preferring he had only called Sandra Fluke a... what?... a trollop and a fallen woman, and thus don't actually give much of a shit how much abuse their party bosses excrete on the "other" 51% of the population, most people to the left of Joseph McCarthy, Lee Atwater, and Paul Ryan actually care about sexism. And so I think the 'wingers are probably right that we could be a little more organized about opposing sexism in our own ranks. (Actually, we could be a little more about organizing anything, but I digress...)
Anyway I'm going to do the right wing a little favor here. I'm going to propose an annual awards presentation to the year's biggest sexist jerk on the progressive side of the aisle. With maybe lesser monthly and special occasion awards as well.
And to acknowledge the important contribution the right has made to sexism awareness I propose calling it the Rush Limbaugh Memorial Sexist Pig's Ass award.
Anyone care to Photoshop up a suitable trophy involving, say, an image involving a pig's butt, a Limbaugh profile, and a tattooed clock?