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Attacked for their looks
Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | July 27, 2005 | Cheri Pierson Yecke

Posted on 07/27/2005 4:24:28 AM PDT by rhema

When I was a seventh-grade teacher, I confiscated a note written by a girl named Jennifer. It was titled "Everyone Hates Melissa," and Jennifer was collecting signatures.

Melissa, a quiet and gentle girl who was the smartest in the class, was described as "a nerd,"ugly" and "weird." Her hair, her clothes, her looks were brutally criticized -- but not her demeanor or her academic skill. After all, there was nothing to criticize there.

Too often we see this same seventh-grade behavior among adults. While healthy civic discourse involves disagreement on issues of policy, too often people are prone to bully and harass their opponents with attacks on physical appearances when they are unable to articulate a valid and logical opposing argument.

Consider the criticisms of the president's new nominee to the Supreme Court. John Roberts has impeccable legal credentials, so what can the pundits attack? Why, the clothing of his wife and children, of course. A fashion maven in the Washington Post looked down her nose and mocked the family as "a trio of Easter eggs, a handful of Jelly Bellies, three little Necco wafers." They were then duly admonished with a sniff: "Please select all attire from the commonly accepted styles of this century."

Condoleezza Rice, our dignified secretary of state who started college at age 15 and earned a doctorate in her early 20s, is one of the most powerful women in the world.

Nonetheless, she has been mocked and ridiculed -- not for her intellect or knowledge of international diplomacy, but for her hair. It has been likened to that of June Cleaver, but her critics are not content to stereotype her as a dowdy relic from the supposedly subservient '50s. She has also been criticized as a "dominatrix" who oozes "sex and power" for wearing

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: media

1 posted on 07/27/2005 4:24:28 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

Excellent article. Thanks for posting it.


2 posted on 07/27/2005 4:26:45 AM PDT by Restorer (Liberalism: the auto-immune disease of societies.)
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To: rhema

Let's no forget the abominable skewering of Katherine Harris by the Washington Post's "Style" section reporter Robin Ghivan back in 2000, all because she did her job.


3 posted on 07/27/2005 4:27:08 AM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: rhema

Good article.

We can see that one party is focused more on form than substance.

We knew that the party of diversity does not extend to diversity of thought. We now know that it does not extend to diversity of appearance. Not really.


4 posted on 07/27/2005 4:28:38 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: rhema
Well, let's not be TOO self-righteous here. How many of US have slammed Hillary Clinton for the extra helping of butt she has? Or Helen Thomas for looking like a mistake at the gene-splicing lab? And don't even get started on Bella Abzug or Betty Friedan. Then there's everybody's favorite sack of guts, Ted Kennedy.

If they're fair game, so are we.

6 posted on 07/27/2005 4:43:35 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: Caleb1411
Where are the feminists? Their silence speaks volumes about their convictions and partisan leanings. After all, it is mainly conservative women who have been the victims of this sort of media slashing. Sad to say, with few exceptions, the circling vultures are left-leaning women.

. . .whom you'll never find criticizing the appearance of any pro-abort sister, even a Republican.

7 posted on 07/27/2005 4:46:05 AM PDT by rhema
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To: Senator Goldwater
skewering of Katherine Harris by the Washington Post's "Style" section reporter Robin Ghivan back in 2000, all because she did her job.

And because of the party with which she was affiliated. ;-)

8 posted on 07/27/2005 4:46:05 AM PDT by Allegra (Less Than 30 Days Until R&R - W'HOOOO!)
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To: IronJack
How many of US have slammed Hillary Clinton for the extra helping of butt she has? Or Helen Thomas for looking like a mistake at the gene-splicing lab? And don't even get started on Bella Abzug or Betty Friedan. Then there's everybody's favorite sack of guts, Ted Kennedy.

Well, yes, we FReepers do that (and I'm guilty as charged), but how many times do you see the media commenting on their looks?

9 posted on 07/27/2005 4:48:11 AM PDT by Allegra (Less Than 30 Days Until R&R - W'HOOOO!)
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To: rhema
Ah yes--the "enlightened" left.

Does anyone remember how this woman was attacked (and still is to this day?)

Look at this garbage.


10 posted on 07/27/2005 4:49:24 AM PDT by SkyPilot (Eliminate, eradicate, and stamp out redundancy!)
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To: IronJack
Well, let's not be TOO self-righteous here. How many of US have slammed Hillary Clinton for the extra helping of butt she has? Or Helen Thomas for looking like a mistake at the gene-splicing lab? And don't even get started on Bella Abzug or Betty Friedan. Then there's everybody's favorite sack of guts, Ted Kennedy.

True, but our comments are for the most part the equivalent of email exchanges. How many conservatives have launched appearance-denigrating salvos in syndicated columns or on national news broadcasts?

11 posted on 07/27/2005 4:49:25 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema
And here is Melissa today:


12 posted on 07/27/2005 4:50:57 AM PDT by capydick ("The current tax code is a daily mugging." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: rhema

Great essay.

Dan


13 posted on 07/27/2005 4:53:18 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: SkyPilot

"Does anyone remember how this woman was attacked (and still is to this day?)"

I sent her an e-mail during the attempted election by recount, and got a very nice reply.

I expect leftist swine to act like swine; what upsets me is the GOP's failure to support her properly.

If it hadn't been for her, and her alone, Comrade Gorsky Gorovich would be premier of the Supreme Soviet of North America today. She stood like a stone wall and stopped it from happening. And I don't think she's received anywhere near the payback she deserves.

And that's from somebody who objects to women in public life on principle.


14 posted on 07/27/2005 4:59:23 AM PDT by dsc
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To: rhema
Melissa, a quiet and gentle girl who was the smartest in the class, was described as "a nerd,"ugly" and "weird." Her hair, her clothes, her looks were brutally criticized -- but not her demeanor or her academic skill. After all, there was nothing to criticize there.

Kids sometimes like to be plain mean. If they can get the nerds to cry, they feel they have really scored something.

15 posted on 07/27/2005 5:02:30 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (No wonder the Southern Baptist Church threw Greer out: Only one god per church! [Ann Coulter])
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To: rhema

The left/MSM disgust me.


16 posted on 07/27/2005 5:15:29 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Kids sometimes like to be plain mean. If they can get the nerds to cry, they feel they have really scored something.

The positive lesson in this for kids and adults is "take your own counsel and live your life your own way. If you need the approval of others to be happy, chances are you'll never be happy."

17 posted on 07/27/2005 5:15:32 AM PDT by Dark Skies ("The sleeper must awaken!")
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To: Dark Skies

The whole idea of a pubskewl is unnatural. Home schooling, where the participants are all family, is the Thing.


18 posted on 07/27/2005 5:17:37 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (No wonder the Southern Baptist Church threw Greer out: Only one god per church! [Ann Coulter])
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To: rhema

If they didn't stand up while Schiavo was publicly starved by her slimebag husband, what makes you think they'll stand up for this.

Where have they been while all these young girls continue to get snatched, raped and killed by repeated sexual predators?


19 posted on 07/27/2005 5:18:23 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: rhema
Just more proof that the left's way of thinking is immature and childish.....No surprise; it would take a child's reasoning to accept some of the things they embrace as truth....

Like I've always said:....The They are ignorant and naive; living in a fictitious and clouded world of their own making....
20 posted on 07/27/2005 5:21:27 AM PDT by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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To: AliVeritas
She [Sec. of State Rice] has also been criticized as a "dominatrix" who oozes "sex and power" for wearing

That's a criticism? >>>>veg<<<<

21 posted on 07/27/2005 5:22:36 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: SkyPilot

"Eliminate, eradicate, and stamp out redundancy!"

Yeah, yeah, everybody's all fired up about redundancy, but where's the outrage over polysyllabificationizing?


22 posted on 07/27/2005 5:23:20 AM PDT by dsc
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To: rhema

Does this mean we have to be nice to Old Crusty?


23 posted on 07/27/2005 5:23:44 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: IronJack

"How many of US have slammed Hillary Clinton for the extra helping of butt she has?"

Butt? I can't get past those demonic eyes.


24 posted on 07/27/2005 5:25:53 AM PDT by dsc
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To: Senator Goldwater

I can't understand what anyone could mock her for.

25 posted on 07/27/2005 5:28:20 AM PDT by Bear_Slayer (DOC - 81mm Mortars, Wpns Co. 2/3 KMCAS 86-89)
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To: dsc

And always remember to eschew verbose articulation.


26 posted on 07/27/2005 5:31:37 AM PDT by Bear_Slayer (DOC - 81mm Mortars, Wpns Co. 2/3 KMCAS 86-89)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Home schooling, where the participants are all family, is the Thing.

I completely agree! Home schooling integrated with the internet is the future. Kids learning at their own speed without idiotic teachers holding them back. I suggest there is going to be a revolution shortly in this matter of education.

27 posted on 07/27/2005 5:32:10 AM PDT by Dark Skies ("The sleeper must awaken!")
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To: Bear_Slayer

"And always remember to eschew verbose articulation."

Aha! Caught you red-handed in a blatant act of sesquipedalianism.


28 posted on 07/27/2005 5:39:27 AM PDT by dsc
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bttt


29 posted on 07/27/2005 5:44:15 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: IronJack
If they're fair game, so are we

Yes, but sometimes I think they try to tempt us ... like releasing a flock of wild turkeys over a skeet shooting range. There's no way Waxman isn't an intentional plant. And what about Reno? Pelosi? So many Turkeys ... so little time.

30 posted on 07/27/2005 5:46:02 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: rhema

I'd like to see some pics of the people who write these things. Bet they are not supermodels!


31 posted on 07/27/2005 5:53:20 AM PDT by Mister Da (Nuke 'em til they glow!)
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To: rhema

I was the one who was though most likely to end up in prison for the rest of my life. The true Charlie Brown of my school.


32 posted on 07/27/2005 5:54:23 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: rhema

No secret that Liberals are immature, shallow, selfish children that never grew up.


33 posted on 07/27/2005 5:56:51 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (I'm a RINO because I'm too conservative to be a real Republican.)
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To: IronJack
"Well, let's not be TOO self-righteous here. How many of US have slammed Hillary Clinton for the extra helping of butt she has? Or Helen Thomas for looking like a mistake at the gene-splicing lab? And don't even get started on Bella Abzug or Betty Friedan. Then there's everybody's favorite sack of guts, Ted Kennedy."

Yes, but "WE" are not the MSM or represent the GOP.

The media and RAT politicians never mock the appearance of Thomas, Hillary, Kennedy, etal. as they commonly do with Republicans and conservatives, while the GOP never childishly reciprocates.

34 posted on 07/27/2005 6:06:13 AM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: Bear_Slayer
I can't understand what anyone could mock her for.

THey mock her for being pretty. They mock her for being feminine and heterosexual. They mock her for having a beautiful figure. They mock her for being that most charming and gracious of all creatures, a Southern lady. They despise the very concept of being pretty and pleasant to men, and the classic idea of being a "lady"--noble, strong, courageous, honorable, and sweet--is horrifying to them. They mock her because she stands for something they are doing their best to destroy, traditional Judeo-Christian values. So they make fun of the fact that she uses makeup to enhance her appearance and feel superior, from the pit of their craven hatreds.

35 posted on 07/27/2005 6:09:44 AM PDT by Capriole (I don't have any problems that can't be solved by more chocolate or more ammunition.)
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To: IronJack; Allegra

The difference is that we are criticizing Albright and Thomas and Hillary between ourselves. We are not writing articles for the consumption of the masses in major newspapers or on broadcast television. People tend to say a lot of things in a just-friends atmosphere that they would not say before 300 million fellow citizens. If we can't speak frankly before our friends, where else can we voice our opinions?

That said, a gentleman does not comment negatively or in a sexual manner on the appearance of a woman, unless he's going to do so in the most oblique, subtle, Christopher Hitchens type of way. Which is really far more satisfying and clever than doing it straight out!


36 posted on 07/27/2005 6:14:26 AM PDT by Capriole (I don't have any problems that can't be solved by more chocolate or more ammunition.)
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To: Bear_Slayer
That picture makes me think of a fairly recent country song,"Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy".

Single gals like that, don't stay single long.

And men married to women like that, need to let other men know that they own loaded guns.

37 posted on 07/27/2005 6:17:34 AM PDT by mountn man (Everyone brings joy into a room. Some when they enter. Others when they leave)
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To: IronJack
You are right, we do address the great senator Kennedy as a sack of s*t, which he is, the difference is that our comments have yet to make the front page of any of the MSM. The lefty's comments on conservatives appearance are taken as fact and are usually considered breaking news by the MSM.
World of difference, my friend.
38 posted on 07/27/2005 6:31:46 AM PDT by newcthem (Everything I need to know about islam, I learned on 9/11 and 7/7.)
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To: dsc
Aha! Caught you red-handed in a blatant act of sesquipedalianism.

Yeah - but can I do it until I need glasses?

39 posted on 07/27/2005 6:53:39 AM PDT by Bear_Slayer (DOC - 81mm Mortars, Wpns Co. 2/3 KMCAS 86-89)
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To: Capriole

There ought to be more like her.


40 posted on 07/27/2005 6:54:39 AM PDT by Bear_Slayer (DOC - 81mm Mortars, Wpns Co. 2/3 KMCAS 86-89)
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To: Capriole

Ijust wish the critics would wash and shave their legs and armpits....


41 posted on 07/27/2005 7:15:02 AM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: Bear_Slayer

"Yeah - but can I do it until I need glasses?"

No, no, sesquipedalianism doesn't make you go blind. It turns you into a liberal academic.


42 posted on 07/27/2005 7:16:29 AM PDT by dsc
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To: All
I wonder if any of those who responded to my post realize how flimsy their excuses sound. Note how many of the posts start with "Yes, but ..." A wise man once told me that whenever a sentence started with that phrase, anything after "but" was a lie.

Bottom line: if it's wrong for them, it's also wrong for us. Anything else is simply trying to justify duplicity.

43 posted on 07/27/2005 2:56:46 PM PDT by IronJack
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