As Twitchy reported yesterday, Dan Riehl responded to vile comments made by Joan Walsh with a fit of misogyny. This is unacceptable and cannot be condoned, no matter how indefensible the target may seem. There is never a valid excuse for such misogyny. He is now doubling down by sexually degrading a conservative woman who called him out on his sexist behavior.
He not only doubled down on the sexualization of women, but he also doubled down on another usually Leftist tactic: taking away a woman’s gender altogether.
The Left often tries to shame, demean and dehumanize conservative women to the point where even their very gender is taken away from them.
“Mama Grizzlies” were said to be “dressed up in a skirt and lipstick, as if to legitimize them.” Patricia Ireland of NOW told women to “vote for only authentic female candidates.” Wendy Doniger of The Washington Post said that Palin’s “greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she’s a woman.”
The ever bitter Eleanor Clift called Sarah Palin “Pat Buchanan in drag.” Salon said Sarah Palin “may be a lady, but she ain’t no woman.” And Naomi Wolf once said that Jeane Kilpatrick was “uninflected by the experiences of the female body.” Tennessee State Representative Janis Sontany, a Democrat, said this about female Republican state lawmakers: “You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women. You sure can’t find out by how they vote!”
And Joan Walsh’s own Salon said “She may be a lady, but she ain’t no woman” in reference to Sarah Palin.
There is no place for such dehumanization and gender-stealing by self-professed arbiters of who is a real woman or not on the Right.
Some are upset that while Dan is being denounced, Joan Walsh is supposedly not being held to the fire for her own repugnant remarks.
False. No one is letting Joan Walsh off scot-free. But nor should anyone let misogynist behavior like this go, just because one is “on our side.” Breitbart.com editors realize that and have rightly denounced Riehl’s contemptible comments.
That is important to note, because the Left-biased media will not. No equivocation. No excuses.
Kudos, Breitbart editors. And, yes, the hypocrisy of the Left lecturing on this is astounding. Let conservatives not follow suit; they must leave the misogyny on the Left, who have proven themselves to be anti-woman time and time again. Like the saying goes, “scratch a progressive, find a sexist.”
Will Riehl listen or will he make himself a martyr? Now he’s retweeting people who are rightly calling him on his misogyny and who are offering some tips for Dan of their own. Implying that it is just ‘haters.’
Andrew Breitbart used to retweet actual haters and vile comments from the Left in order to expose them. You, Mr. Riehl, are no Breitbart. And you are merely exposing yourself.