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Wendy vs. Sarah: A Thought Experiment (Satire)
National Review ^ | January 27, 2014 | Andrew Stiles

Posted on 01/28/2014 5:02:53 AM PST by Second Amendment First

Here we go again: sexist tropes being used against a high-profile female political candidate who happens to be a working mom from Alaska Texas.

Last week, an article in the Dallas Morning News purported to correct the biography of Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor. While these alleged discrepancies would be hardly a blip on a male candidate’s record, they have unleashed a barrage of attacks straight out of the GOP’s anti-woman playbook.

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A number of right-wing magazines ran cover stories pandering to the prurient, 1950s mindset of their readership. The Weekly Standard, for example, featured a scantily clad Davis next to the headline: “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Wendy?” and declared her “bad news for the Democratic Party — and for everyone else, too.”

It goes without saying that most of the attacks against Davis are sexist. Her critics claim to be concerned about the factual inaccuracies in her personal backstory, but the response from some on the right suggests that, for them, Davis’s real transgressions may lie elsewhere. 

Davis’s real sin isn’t playing fast and loose with her biography. It’s making life choices they disagree with — including the decision, as a mother, to prioritize her career. And it’s hard to imagine those choices generating criticism were Wendy Davis a man.

Some pundits, for example, have expressed concern that Davis won’t be able to devote enough time to her children if she is elected governor. Wing-nut bloggers, beholden to the Huckabeean notion that women will say anything or sleep with anyone to get ahead, have even questioned whether Davis actually gave birth to her youngest child. These accusations are clearly intended to cast Davis as just another one of Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queens.” And that’s hardly the only form of trutherism infecting the race.

The blowhards at Fox News have made Davis a prime target in the right-wing network’s jihad against powerful women. A cackling Chris Wallace went so far as to offer his Fox News Sunday viewers “an upper” by showing a video clip portraying Davis as a mentally unstable, publicity-obsessed bimbo who doesn’t know how many days are in the month of February.

Wallace has also described Davis as “profoundly stupid” for launching a 13-hour filibuster to block a late-term-abortion ban in the Texas legislature, which hardly comes as a surprise given Fox’s long history of attacking the intelligence of female politicians and working moms. Conservative comedian Dennis Miller continues to appear on Fox after calling Davis a “dumb twat” and a “c***,” while Republican super PACs refuse to return his million-dollar donations.

As is often the case when it comes to the right-wing media, crucial context surrounding Davis’s filibuster was ignored — for example, the fact that just 62 percent of Americans, and only 68 percent of women, support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks. But rather than explore the issue in depth, conservatives have decided to obsess over extraneous details such as Davis’s iconic pink running shoes.

Perhaps the most disgusting example of right-wing misogyny was Bill O’Reilly’s on-air invitation to Fox viewers to urinate and defecate in Davis’s mouth. Although O’Reilly was ultimately forced to resign, his conservative colleagues refused to condemn his sexist remarks. Washington Post columnist George Will argued that O’Reilly “was making a very legitimate point about Wendy Davis,” while Wallace dodged the issue altogether by saying he was “not a media critic.”

Progressives are right to be outraged. If anything, the Wendy Davis controversy proves why liberals and all pro-woman Americans must keep holding the media accountable for the way they talk about male and female candidates differently.


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1 posted on 01/28/2014 5:02:53 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

At their core moral relativists are delusional. The MSM is not capable of rational analysis.


2 posted on 01/28/2014 5:07:45 AM PST by allendale
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To: Second Amendment First

Funny sarcasm/satire.


3 posted on 01/28/2014 5:36:21 AM PST by afsnco
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To: afsnco

My curiosity is now piqued...

so, what exactly can Wendy Davis see from HER backyard?


4 posted on 01/28/2014 5:42:30 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: C210N

A run-down, filthy abortion mill!


5 posted on 01/28/2014 5:56:38 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: afsnco

Think again!! This is NOT funny at all. Actually this is the best exposure of the total corruption of the so-called Main Stream Media. Or, in fact, “almost” all of it.
Which is why so many Americans no longer read a newspaper, watch TV “NEWS” and the talking head shows.
The country is watching the traditional leading news organization sink like the Titanic, while I heard of hundreds of small “LOCAL” papers, bi-weekly or even monthly, doing quite well serving the needs of their communities.


6 posted on 01/28/2014 5:59:01 AM PST by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: miss marmelstein

If anyone looks like a slutty flight attendant it is Wendy not Sarah!


7 posted on 01/28/2014 6:00:15 AM PST by Hillary'sMoralVoid
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To: Second Amendment First

Well, since she’s a dem, then it can be classified as part of the gop-e war on women.


8 posted on 01/28/2014 8:52:10 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Second Amendment First

If Wendy Davis goes to the Super Bowl, maybe her daughter Dru can get knocked up by Peyton Manning.


9 posted on 01/28/2014 9:40:22 AM PST by Colinsky
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