Cripes! A vagina is a body part, not a pitiful excuse that insulates a woman from any and all criticism. Or it was. Call it The Susan Rice Effect: Now any criticism of a woman up for a White House appointment is ZOMG sexist!!11!1!

Now that Obama is reportedly considering Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for a sweet gig as U.S. ambassador to the U.K. or France, loyal Slate lapdog Matt Yglesias is wasting no time in attributing objections to hatred of women (and sexist “prejudice” against the fashion industry).

Yep, it’s raging misogyny to point out that when you scratch Obama’s back, he’ll scratch yours right back!


But there’s another case of back scratching that ought to disqualify Wintour for any diplomatic role.

Kerry Picket of The Washington Times provides a timely reminder of Vogue’s puff piece on Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad.

More from Picket:

The magazine ran the article as the Syrian government slaughtered its people and described (H/T The Atlantic) the Assad household as “wildy democratic.”

Vogue Senior editor Chris Knutsen explained away the Assad article to The Atlantic in February of 2011 saying, “For our readers it’s a way of opening a window into this world a little bit.”

Read the whole thing for ammo against the absurd (and demeaning) talking point that criticism of Wintour is sexist.


Boom! Kirsten Powers sets Touré straight on why criticism of Amb. Rice isn’t racist or sexist

Libs demean Sen. Kelly Ayotte as ‘token woman’ in ‘sexist’ Rice inquiry

Michael Moore: John McCain sexist, racist for criticizing Susan Rice

‘GROW UP’: Kirsten Powers rips Dem women crying ‘sexism’ over criticism of Susan Rice

Barf: Pig Maher’s boy Bill Burton plays ‘lady parts’ card over criticism of Susan Rice

Boom! Rachel Campos-Duffy thanks Dem congresswomen for ‘setting us back 60 years’

  • dese1ect

    Apparently as long as Obama doesn’t appoint a white male, they can’t be criticized.

  • Ranadicus

    So the GoP should put a woman on their ticket since they apparantly can’t be criticized… oh wait

  • Lady 12


  • NCRelite

    Hey we mock, we point and laugh, but it works in the end. Remember you only have to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Idiocracy was less of a comedy about the future of our country and more of a commentary of the present day.

  • Josephine (D)

    Why do the Democrats fawn over vaginae? Why is that so important? Yes, a girl thinks and processes things differently than a guy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do the same job or be critiqued like a guy.

    The reason why the left hates conservative women is because they acknowledge they’re more than vaginae.

  • cgraham77

    As a woman, I find the left’s repeated cries of “sexism” to be highly insulting. A woman is more than her gender, and is subject to just as much criticism as any man!! Their continued cries of “sexism” are patronizing and infantalizing towards women.

    • student

      Its true. I’m about to graduate school, and have worked my butt off for 23 years to get here. Not because I’m a woman, but because the world is competitive. I cant express how upset I would be if someone tried to shield me from professional criticism by saying as a woman its not applicable. I guess I dont have to worry about that, being a Republican and all.

    • wwbdinct

      As a woman I would just like to say to Anna Wintour: FU, FU, FU, FU, you prissy, snobby, stuck up, 1%’er bitch! You stupid lefties – Obama would appoint a woman who no more represents you than he does. How sad that these ignorant, low information voters clamor for a monarchy!

    • cgraham77


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    • Tony0920

      Isn’t she the one that did that snobby-assed overdone, pseudo-posh accented, invite to an Obama dinner contest ad early on in the election? (yep, just checked, it was her) Oh yeah, Ambassador material fo sho. Some of those libs are surely tiring of the ‘excuse’. (for shame to admit it) Others – not. Is it ever acceptable to call a cunt a cunt? Do you think this woman ever gives a good god-damn about any real people? Seriously. #WillItEverFrigginEnd?

      • mdtljt

        Why yes, sometimes it is…but being a woman who really hates that word, I prefer to use quim…Latin never fails to befuddle the oh-so-educated left, not to mention the fact that you won’t get stinkeye from other women who happen to be in earshot…

  • dkhilly

    Crying “sexism” is the new “shut up.” As a woman, I’d prefer the word be saved for the real thing…so when the real sexism shows up, someone actually believes us.

    • cgraham77

      Exactly. As long as they continue to cry “sexism” where there is none, this will only result in women not being taken seriously within the political discourse. THEY are the only ones hindering women’s progress…and the same is true about their repeated cries of “racism.” With all the unwarranted throwing around of those words, why would EMPLOYERS even want to deal with it? The libs are the only ones creating an atmosphere of prejudice! And rather than “advancing” the causes of women and minorities, they are only holding them back and further stigmatizing them!

  • Gallatin

    Well you know she would probably be perfect for the job, after piers morgan’s comments about our 2nd Amendment can Great Britain really be taken seriously as a country?

  • Joseph Phillips

    I’m sure she’ll be the best ambassador money can buy. This is shameful; oppose anything by Obama and you’re a racist and/or a sexist. No, we’re American and we’re tired of the crap.

  • dkhilly

    “Prejudice against the fashion industry *is* sexism” what? The fashion industry comes a very close second behind porn in objectifying women. That industry is NOT on my side.

    • cgraham77

      No kidding. His comment reads better as sarcasm.

      If only.

  • HannahJK

    She’s the worst of the worst of the 1%! An elitist snob who makes the leftwingers look like hypocrites of the first order.
    She used her connections to help Obama pander to the gay community for funds. After his “evolution” that was hardly a major feat, they were already begging to help him.

  • Marcy Cook

    Is this sexism toward women or against Anna Wintour…the drag queen supreme?

  • Joseph Bentz

    That is the nature of a leftists. Although calling them a leftists is an insult to the true leftists. Their default position is to call you a racists or sexist when you disagree with them. they resort to the name calling because they are unable to meet you in the discussion on any intellectual level.

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  • Jack Deth

    Makes about as much sense as FDR appointing Joe Kennedy to the Court of Saint James.

    Flashy high end parties and fag hag fashion are NOT going to win over the hearts and minds of our once closest ally.

    Anna can try, but the UK will smile and stab us in the back just on general principles. And rightly so.

  • TocksNedlog

    Hey Yglesias, describing the fashion industry as frivolous “IS sexism” HOW? Because ONLY women work in it? Are you stereotyping the men that work in that industry as GAY? Are YOU calling them ‘women’?

  • TocksNedlog

    Gotta love Yglesias’s “this MUST be sexism because quid pro quo is business as usual in D.C.” argument.
    It’s amazing how the 1% is NOT greedy & evil — WHEN they give a portion of their wealth to ‘the right people’.

  • JettieG

    OMG. How much will the costs be for her wardrobe and redecorating of the Embassy? Wintour won’t have time for any real diplomatic biz, not that she knows anything about diplomacy.

  • SpinMeNot

    Well, if you are going to appoint the editor of a fashion magazine to be an Ambassador to a foreign country, lets send her to France … she can’t do much harm with a bunch of Surrender Monkeys.

    What does a fashion magazine editor know about diplomacy? Bona fides … pls, just one bona fide occupational requirement … is that too much to ask?

    • mdtljt

      …Surrender Monkeys…that’s great!!!

  • Jer

    Who could have ever predicted this?

  • walterc

    What qualifications does she have to could possibly qualify her to represent the United States? If she is qualified to be an Ambassador, I hear there’s and opening in Libya.

  • MarcoAurelius

    Anna Wintour’s is disqualified because she is a cannibal and also discriminates against fat people and ugly people and also has had way too much botox.

  • Herman LaClair

    wasn’t Shirley Temple appointed ambassador to Ghana? i’m sure that raised some eyebrows at the time.

  • disqus_ys7YLGvSbv

    They have over played the race card and the sexism card. No one is listening any more. Remember the boy who cried wolf?

  • Lin Jarvis

    What a surprise. Not.

  • Adela Wagner

    In the 60-70’s N.O.W was in front, screaming about EQUALITY!! So now, why is every word uttered about the way a woman is or isn’t doing her job, or where she stands on an issue being deemed “Sexist”. You’ve come a long way, to Roll with the equal punches, hypocritical BABY! And just where is N.O.W now? Wandering around in a rose colored confused progressive fog.

  • Tracy Hubbell-Linden

    ‘Sexist’ & ‘racist’…new entrants into the Pocket Oxford Dictionary. Defined as: to make quiet; shut down debate; distract, deceive.

  • gracepmc

    And which sex might that be?

  • gracepmc

    And which sex might that be?