A sample of the discourse over in the Isthmus forum, where Madisonians bemoan the newly signed Wisconsin law that repealed the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act.
MEANWHILE: In the comments section of last night's post "The Democrats' War on Women," a couple commenters engage in sexist wordplay about Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (who, like Walker, faces recall). A commenter referred to "Walker and his 'minions'" and chickenlittle quipped "What about all the filly minions like Kleefisch? Do you want to filet them too?" and leslyn said "How do you filet a filly??" This portrayal of a woman as meat called to mind the infamous Hustler magazine cover (showing a woman's body fed through a meat grinder). I said:
"How do you filet a filly??"Leslyn defended herself this way:
Said, about Rebecca Kleefisch, by a female commenter who probably regards herself as a feminist. That image is one of sexual violence.
You compare an adult woman to a juvenile animal. You refer to slicing into her dead (animal) body, prepping her for cooking.
But the woman you revile is conservative, so maybe you didn't notice.
If you think you are a feminist, you are a fake one, really a lefty or a Democrat, and your partisan politics comes first.
Go stand over there will Bill Clinton.
Oh for goodness sake, Althouse, "how do you filet a filly" was A PLAY ON WORDS on CHICKENLITTLE'S comment. Which you'd have recognized were you not humorless.My response:
And get off the "feminist" rant already. To use a METAPHOR, you jump both sides of the fence.
I saw the joke. That is was a joke is irrelevant to my point.
Would you like me to Google "sexist jokes" for you?
Try making racist jokes out in public and see how far "it was humor" gets you.
Picture a filleted young horse. Picture a woman in a similar condition. Picture a particular named woman in that condition.
Now, is that funny?
Remember when Rush Limbaugh portrayed Sandra Fluke as a prostitute and said we should have sex tapes of her on the internet?
How funny was that?
Now... go on with your explanations about why you are really not a hypocrite.
Alternatively, concede. It might be the better option.
Being a feminist is hard. You have to be consistent. Take the challenge.