Like accusations of racism and xenophobia, claims of sexism, gender bias and misogyny are increasingly useful to activists as swords as well as shields. Especially egregious recently have been the claims of Elizabeth Warren and her supporters that it was bias against women, and her not her own redolent awfulness as a candidate and a human being, that had the Massachusetts Senator running behind an ancient Marxist and poor, addled Joe Biden.
This is a problem when the objective is to build a fairer and a more ethical culture. Contrived accusations of sexism makes society more leery of genuine and justified complaints. Worse still is when alleged women’s activists shrug off or ignore the sexist attacks on women who they don’t admire or agree with.
The hypocrisy was in evidence when the repugnant HBO progressive scold Bill Maher referred to conservative women Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann as “cunts” and “twats” while his audience of enablers hooted. Feminist groups were silent until criticism from people like me (not me, but people like me who actually have more readers than the population of Mayberry) prompted a couple of them to make mild statements chiding Bill. Two years ago Democratic Congressman Cedric Richmond made a disgusting sexist joke about Kellyanne Conway, no feminist activists, nor Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris or any prominent progressive women, criticized Richmond. Conway, like palin and Bachmann, deserved to be denigrated because of their gender, apparently.
Over the weekend, B-list celebrity Tom Arnold issued this tweet:
[In case you tend to forget marginal performers, Tom Arnold owes whatever career he has–had?— to marrying Roseanne Barr when he was an obscure comedian before she became a Hollywood pariah. He scored exactly one film role that wasn’t instantly destined for oblivion, the part of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sidekick in “True Lies,” a James Cameron action/comedy that itself was blatantly misogynist. That was 26 years ago.]
Hollywood conservative critic Christian Toto decided to do an integrity check. Metaphorical tongue firmly imbedded in metaphorical cheek, Toto wrote, “Certainly the same feminists who rallied behind Sen. Warren would rise up against Arnold….No First Lady, regardless of party affiliation, deserves to be treated in that fashion. The comments play to the ugliest tropes that sexualize women. Feminists would lead the bipartisan charge against Arnold, no doubt.”
He knew what was coming, or rather not coming.
Toto contacted five feminist groups for comment on Arnold’s Tweet: The National Organization for Women (NOW), NOW’s Hollywood branch, UltraViolet, Equality Now, The Feminist Majority Foundation and asked for either a brief interview about Arnold’s comments or a statement reacting to his ugly tweet.
“No group so much as responded to HiT’s press requests. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, though.Feminists routinely look the other way when conservative women are under attack. Consider the crude comments made against Nikki Haley, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Laura Ingraham and other right-leaning women. Groups like NOW rarely, if ever, speak up on their behalf….It’s why the current First Lady will get no apology from Arnold. Nor will feminists rally around her in any way, shape or form.
Modern feminism doesn’t think conservative women deserve equality, let alone respect.