Update 4: Caleb Howe at Redstate has screenshots of the whole shameful mess. The bunny can run…
Update 3: Politico posts a waaaay watered-down version of the list (via Lizzy, thanks!). Anne Schroeder chooses a sub-heading, “10 Conservative Women We Hate to Love,” and lists the names. She didn’t notice that every other word in the piece was some combination of hate and fuck?
I also have a small quibble with Lizzy’s piece, namely this part: “Little did I know that Obama’s hope-n-changey fans would resort to rape fantasies.” The guy is obviously not a conservative, but he’s also no more representative of liberals than Perez Hilton is representative of gay rights advocates. Both are bigmouths with courtside seats.
On the other hand, as Lizzy also points out, I haven’t heard much from liberals calling the guy out, either. Let’s see how that goes.
Update 2: Thanks to Cube for…he knows what for.
Update: Playboy appears to have pulled the piece. Way to go, Tweeps! I had to move this story from Politics Daily, due to the content of Playboy’s piece, a first. That goes to show how offensive this really is. Even with the use of F*** in lieu of “fuck,” the theme of the F word was so pervasive in the piece that it was really out of place for that audience. Because I saw no way to re-write it to soften it up enough, I’m publishing it here.
Over the years, “tasteful” porn dinosaur Playboy Magazine has been the subject of pop cultural debate. Is the nudity exploitation, or empowerment? Does the magazine celebrate women, or degrade them? If so, are the articles really worth all of that?
I received several of the answers via my Twitter feed this morning. Washington Times columnist Amanda Carpenter sent this jawdropper about the magazine’s latest feature:
I’m in Playboy for GOP women they’d like to “hate f***” They didn’t even get my employer right. What should I do? Mon 01 Jun 11:51 via web
I’m steamed. That list is vile, insulting and WRONG on factual matters. Mon 01 Jun 11:54 via web
I thought maybe Amanda was paraphrasing, so I clicked the link. Nope, they did it. I contacted Amanda to get her reaction. Here’s what she said:
“The use of the word hate **** makes this list vile and completely out of line. To suggest to men that GOP women should have some kind of rough sex pushed on them because of their political beliefs is sickening. They are smearing professional women over politics and not even pretending to look at facts. They didn’t even get my employer right, but there was detailed descriptions of how I might perform in bed.”
Here’s the “abashed” version of their setup for the list:
Obama promised us the dream of post-partisanship-a cuckoo land where party affiliation and factional animosity were forgotten. Turn on cable news or open any newspaper, however, and you’ll quickly discover that the dream has yet to materialize. But there is a way to reach across the aisle without letting principles fall by the wayside. We speak, naturally, of the hate f***. We may despise everything these women represent, but goddammit they’re hot. Let the healing begin.
Now, I’m no prude. Far from it. I know what they’re going for here. We’ve all experienced the phenomenon of having a strong attraction for someone whom we should want nothing to do with. The sexual chemistry of opposites transcends politics, and a certain level of aggression between consenting frenemies can be a powerful enhancement.
But I, in a million years, would never characterize the ignition of these sparks as a “hate f***.” The Playboy piece goes on to give each of the women on the list a “Hate F*** Rating.” Each entry has its own brand of offense, saying of Mary Katherine Ham “This Ham’s not kosher,” for example.
I get that Playboy is a sex magazine, but I don’t see what hate has to do with sex. While the author might think it’s funny or edgy, none of these women consented to be “hate f***ed,” and the whole exercise is just foul and creepy.
What’s worth noting, too, is that although he singles out conservative women, the author belies a hostility toward all women.
I outgrew my fascination for Playboy magazine the very instant I was able to purchase one for myself. Hopefully, any other men who claim to love women will kick the habit, too. As of this writing, a “Boycott Playboy” twitter campaign is already underway.