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On Beauty, Body Parts and Bias (A Word to Conservatives)
Posted By Diane Suffern On June 12, 2010 @ 8:00 am In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
Everyone seen this picture?
Of course you have. Want to know what my first impression was when I saw it linked in a thread at a conservative site? “She looks like an attractive, healthy woman.” That’s it. Perhaps it’s a female thing…or perhaps it’s a respect thing, but it didn’t go much further than that. Yes, she’s got a great figure for a mother of five and anyone, any woman who doesn’t immediately recognize that is a blind. Yet, I want to hear her views intelligently articulated, manifested through her actions. I’d love to see her prove all her critics wrong one day, including myself, which I think she’s entirely capable of doing. I respect her enough to move past image, examining her work and opinions. Essentially, that means not reducing a serious political player to the sum of her body parts.
Imagine my discomfort when I saw comment after comment on said conservative site like, “Mmmmmmmm those look good,” and “Wowza…what a MILF” and “I’d like to….nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggg.” I can only assume that because they’re her supporters they think that affords them the right to discuss her body.
Predictably, the left weighed in, surmising whether Palin had gotten implants. Now reader, you’re smart. You tell me what happened next. Correct!
Outrageous conservative outrage! How dare they look at that picture and comment on her breasts? Really. Tell me fanboys, is the only distinction here whether one is negatively speculating about size increase or “positively” expressing desire for her based on those same…parts?
Because, trust me, expressing desire for her isn’t limited to the right (content warning). Somehow I doubt anyone would find those comments appropriate, yet I wonder what the difference is aside from party affiliation and degree of lewdness.
Allow me to say here, that I think the treatment Palin has received from the media and individual liberals has been atrocious. What they continue to do to diminish this woman physically and intellectually is reprehensible. From “Sarah Palin is a c**t” t-shirts, “Nailin’ Paylin,” filthy comments about her relationship with McCain, strip shows, stalking, and ceaseless investigation into the contents of her womb, she has felt the full brunt of actual sexism from the alleged protectors of True Womanhood™.
So, I’m in wholehearted agreement that the launch of “Implant Trutherism” is but par for the course. We should reject this as the low-ball attack on womanhood which it is.
What’s my suggestion for protecting her and other female politicians from such viciousness? We should stop objectifying and often ridiculing them ourselves. This extends to other pols: Dede Scozzafava, Elena Kagan, Hillary Clinton and even (gasp) Janet Reno to name a few.
Admit it. Who among us hasn’t made a “man” joke about any of the above at one time or another? I absolutely have. I’m not saying we can avoid having visceral reactions or personal opinion. We certainly cannot control our automatic thoughts. What we can control is what pours from that gaping orifice on our faces and what our fingers type on a keyboard.
In response to this post I’m sure I’ll hear, “There isn’t anything wrong with appreciating something beautiful.” Or, “What we do isn’t nearly as bad as what the left has done to eviscerate conservative women.”
In my preemptive defense, I’ve never said it was wrong for a woman to dress attractively and want others to think she is. Nor have I said it was inappropriate for others, namely men, to acknowledge it. I do make certain distinctions, however.
If you’re a politician or serious pundit, a level of respect should be reserved for your position and concepts presented. If you’re a celebrity or pundit with a moniker including “hot” or “sexy,” you should probably prepare yourself to be judged accordingly. The rest of us should hope for natural appreciation of our attractiveness with respect for (and intellectual challenge of) our ideas.
In our healthy appraisal of beauty (or “hotness“) we should also never use behavior from the left as our plumb line. Bad behavior is not improved by pointing at worse behavior. If we hope to maintain the moral high ground, we have to be the example, not a milder version of something worse.
Incidentally, isn’t that why we use the pejorative term RINO? Where’s the distinction?
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