In a truth-based universe, Fox News would have to call itself Fox Dispenser of Manufactured Sexist Racist Classist Homophobic Outrage and Bullshit*, but we don’t live in that universe, so they get to call themselves Fox News with nary an FCC sanction in sight. Sure, once in awhile, one of the bobbleheads, usually Shep Smith, will slip up and tell the truth, but for the most part, they are there solely to incite their base and spread fear and hatred of the dreaded lie-bruls.
Therefore, the news that someone on Fox had said something inflammatory, ignorant, hateful, and downright nasty did not surprise me. The fact that it was a woman saying mean, hateful shit about other women did not surprise me, either. Let’s face it – any woman willing to go on Fox other than to combat the lies is going to be more misogynistic than the guys on Fox, just as any POC willing to debase him/herself by showing up on Fox will say the most hateful racist things ever. Why? It’s the nature of the beast, the same reason why prominent women and POC in the GOP are so damned sexist/racist respectively – in order to make your way to the top in the GOP if you’re not an old white guy, you have to give them cover for all the hateful shit they say/do.
It’s the same at Fox if you’re female, a POC, queer, whatever. They’re only going to put you on if you make their case for them and allow them to say, “See, a woman is the one saying rape is overblown and just women being whiny. A woman is the one denigrating the feminists, therefore, it must be true and OK.”
In this case, it’s one Liz Trotta talking about women in combat and then veers into nasty punkass bitch territory when she sneers at women in the military complaining about being raped too much because what do they expect being in such close quarters with men, who, apparently, cannot control themselves at all**.
I watched the video until she started naming all the things the military has done to help victims of military rape and then said, and I paraphrase, “Let me tell you what this extreme feminism is costing American.” I stopped. I just couldn’t listen to her hateful sneering voice any longer, not to mention the fact that our military itself is costing Americans an inordinate amount of money – which is something never mentioned.
The GOP absolutely despises women – and so does Fox
I wasn’t surprised by what she had to say or even outraged because I expect nothing less from the miscreants at FOX, but you know what I am? I’m done. I’m done with FOX and the GOP and their ever-increasing War on Women™. They are used to saying whatever they want and not getting push-back for it. Or, if they do get push-back, they whimper about how meaaaaaaaaaan liberals are to them. It happened after the Komen fiasco, and man, for people who think of themselves as tough, they sure do have very delicate feelings.
I have reached my tipping point with the GOP and Fox by extension and their sheer hatred of women. The Komen bullshit, the contraception nontraversy and now this. I have a cold fury inside me as I survey the right’s attempt to denigrate women and control our bodies. They can couch it however they want, but the bottom line is that if they had their way, we would be back to the days of women being chattel with no rights of our own.
The thing is, they live in their own little bubble and don’t realize that most women do not want what they are selling. 99% of American women have used some form of birth control in their lives, and I am pretty certain that most women would agree that is is not playing the victim to demand the right not to be raped. We outnumber them, and, as we showed with the Komen fiasco, when we band together, we can defeat them.
My tai chi teacher says this of fighting (and, yes, I’m paraphrasing), “The best thing to do is walk away from a fight if at all possible. If you can’t, then fight to the death.” I am willing to fight this War on Women™ to the bitter end. Who’s with me? I’ll supply the rusty pitchforks™.
P.S. The photo of little angryasiangrrlMN was made by the Lovely and Talented™ @underwoodchamp from the Twitter Machine.
**If this were actually the case, then these uncontrollable men should be cast out of society. Their inability to control themselves shouldn’t be MY problem or other women’s***.