Pretty, Petty Ugly Feminism Strikes Again
Pretty, Petty Ugly Feminism Strikes Again
We’re in the midst of a serious and pretty ugly situation in our country. According to Maoist, Amanda Marcotte of Salon, it’s not as serious as the way women are treated in our country.
In a recent interview, Marcotte talks with Lizzie Skurnick, curator of a collection of feminist essays entitled, “Pretty Bitches, On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used to Undermine Women”. More victimhood of our gender ensues:
Marcotte: I want to start with the title, “Pretty Bitches.” It’s a book about words used to undermine women. Most people, I hope, see the word “bitch” as a word that is used to undermine women. But I’m guessing you have men getting mad and saying that the word “pretty” should be treated as a compliment. So why “pretty”? Why is that a word that undermines women?
Skurnick: Well, probably for the same reason that people sort of choose the gender binary. It’s the first way we describe women: Pretty, not pretty. It’s not that pretty is an insult, but that when pretty is 87% of your identity, it cannibalizes your freedom.”
Where she gets the 87 percent from, God only knows. Yet, Skurnick says women are eating this up. They love this discourse. Skurnick is a 46 year-old women and she says her cohorts are singing the praises of this collection of essays.
It’s the binary of ‘pretty’ and ‘bitches.'” It’s happened to me. Someone on the street says, “Oh, you’re pretty,” and I don’t respond. They’ll go, ‘Whatever, bitch.'” That is a not infrequent occurrence in many women’s lives.”-Lizzie Skurnick
Seriously, where the hell is this chick hanging out that she gets called “pretty” and a “bitch”, subsequently by random strangers for ignoring the initial “pretty” comment? Did 87% of women admit to something like this happening to them? Skurnick talks about how there are not a lot of “ugly” young journalists gracing our television screens. Does this mean she’s acknowledging that some of these women are “pretty”? Sounds like a little bit of sour grapes to me.
Skurnick also says she believes that men are “invested in being able to do what they want without even bothering to consider other people.” She firmly believes that her breasts are not the topic at hand in the workplace and that “she didn’t walk into the boardroom to have people stare at her t*ts”. In light of not wanting to be objectified, Skurnick is doing it to herself in this article! Feminist logic strikes again folks!
Again, I question where in the hell is Skurnick hanging out that she walks into a boardroom to have someone staring straight at her boobs. Moving right along:
Let’s say someone says you’re filled with curry, or you’re like the color tangerine, something that has no meaning. Of course, I’m not going to be insulted. I might wonder what the f*ck they were talking about.”-Lizzie Skurnick
WTF is she talking about?! What if people think the color tangerine is pretty? Would it then be considered an insult?
Marcotte cited Hillary Clinton’s story about men telling her that she was “taking their seats” during a law school test. True story? Who knows but I would venture to guess that calling Hills a “lying biz-natch” (for many of other reasons) may be demeaning as well. But hey, even Hillary got ogled:
A love story in the making right there.
Women around the world have been called names. I was once called psycho and crazy by a very liberal jackass I once dated. He was also the biggest sexist-pig-misogynist-who-hated-his-mommy on the face of this earth. I’ve been called other names, too, not fit to print. Ironically, mostly by liberal men. As far as being called “pretty”, perhaps there is something wrong with me because, as a girl who was bullied in high school by nasty young women, I take being called “pretty” as a compliment and not an insult (especially as I age). I’m not insulted by the word “pretty” when my female friends say it to me, either. The fact that these feminists are insulted by objectification while objectifying themselves is laughable. They really do have way too much time on their hands. They’re not talking about true objectification of women like we see in third-world or Muslim countries. They’re not talking the brutal act of clitoridectomies or spousal abuse. No, they take offense to words. Talk about being angry and pretty hateful and ugly from the inside out. This world could sure use more beauty right now.
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