Now I’m wondering whether I’m a “bad liberal” to call him out. That means aligning myself with conservatives who love crying “double standard” on issues like this, not because they actually care about feminism, but to push their liberal media bias agenda.
—–Alana Levinson writing at Talking Points Memo about Joe Biden’s blatant “creepy uncle” sexual harassment at public events, and the news media’s failure to condemn it.
Is this some kind of weird mutation of logic that only liberals and journalists understand, like the unique language identical twins make up for themselves?
Alana makes a strong case–it’s not hard to make, however—that Vice-President Biden routinely, publicly and shamelessly engages in the exact same conduct that gets employees and executives warned, sued and fired all over America as feminists cheer (as well as non-feminists with a brain, because the employees and executives should be warned, sued and fired). It’s called “abusing power and position to cop a feel.” Then she writes the quote above, which I don’t understand at all:
Sexual harassment is unethical, disrespectful of women, and illegal.
Liberals have been at the forefront, to their credit, of making this recognition a cultural sea change.
The Vice President of the United States regularly undermines this signature liberal and feminist achievement by flaunting his cluelessness and archaic sexism at public events, either because he’s not paying attention to his own party’s rhetoric (scary) or because he knows he can get away with it (disgusting).
So she’s being a bad liberal if she points out that this is wrong and needs to stop forthwith, and a good liberal to allow it continue, allow the Vice President to act as if women (and, ick, little girls)…
…are his personal fondle-toys while they silently endure public humiliation and silent discomfort?
And this is because it’s wrong to agree with conservatives even if they are dead right?
Well, this insanity explains a lot—Bill Clinton, for example—but it is so devoid of ethics and common sense that I can barely type.
Good god, Alana, do you even read what you write??
The reason people like me point out this stuff and cry “double standard” is because it is a screaming, undeniable DOUBLE STANDARD! In the previous passage you wrote “What would I say if a Republican did the same thing? I’m pretty sure that the kind of “uncle” he is would change from endearing to lecherous.”
What have you just described? D-O-U-B-L-E S-T-A-N-D-A-R-D, and fairly revolting and inexcusable one at that, though all media double standards are unprofessional, irresponsible and unfair.
And this—“not because they actually care about feminism, but to push their liberal media bias agenda” is certifiably bats. The employment of this kind of double standard * is hypocrisy that proves that liberals care less about feminism than they do about demonizing conservatives while they let their heroes, standard bearers and icons violate supposed feminist ideals and values without fear of consequences.
In the end, Levinson does the right thing, unlike a liberal colleague she properly embarrasses in her post, who offers the same lame defense of Biden that dirty old men have been using for centuries. She also proves how hard it must be, as a woman and a feminist, to support these hypocrites without breaking ranks and telling the truth.
Here’s my advice:
Stop supporting them.
* Interestingly, the Ethics Alarms tags “Joe Biden” and “Double Standard” have significant overlap.