The Friday Rant: Why do we hate strong women?

I watched a video clip the other day of a guy yelling at Bristol Palin, who was riding a mechanical bull in a bar, telling her, “Did you ride Levi like that? Your mother is a whore.” When she confronts him, he says to her, “Your mother is a fucking devil, dude.” When Bristol asks why, he says, “She lives. She breathes…If there is a hell, she will be there…She is evil…She’s a poison.” He then calls Bristol herself “white trash” and a “f—- bitch.” In a later interview, he says, “These people are very dangerous” and calls Sarah Palin a “media whore” and a “money-grubbing whore.”

Good God, what could the woman have done to deserve this diatribe? I know, she’s against gay marriage, which I’m for, by the way. But a lot of guys are too, even liberals, and I don’t hear this crazy talk about them. Honestly, she was a vice-presidential candidate for about 15 minutes. How “dangerous” can she be? Why is she “dangerous” when men with the same view aren’t?

Note that this bully is 47 years old, yelling at a 20-year-old young woman who hadn’t said boo to him. Even if he hated Sarah Palin, a kid isn’t responsible for the actions of a parent. Why’s he yelling at a kid?

Why isn’t anyone calling this what it is:  Misogyny. Why do people hate strong women so much? Why is it that if you disagree with us about any subject, you get to call us whores? Immediately the first insult is to attack us sexually, either verbally — the creep factor of a 47-year-old man asking a 20-year-old girl “did you ride Levi like that?” makes me shudder — or physically. When I hear a man who disagrees with a woman, especially in politics, it really bothers me that he goes straight for the sexual comments, the “whore” comments, especially in such a violent way.

The sad thing is, this guy has probably been discriminated against because he’s gay, yet he used gender bashing in exactly the same way people have probably used gay bashing on him. It’s like one minority using racist language against another, or women calling fat people names. We’ve all been discriminated against; why are we using those insults on each other? He just proves that bigotry isn’t something only straight white males can do.

But I think it’s more than that. Think about the way Hillary Clinton has been treated. Supposedly a left-leaning political comedian joked, “She’s still trying to put that whole Bosnia sniper fire thing behind her. She said, ‘It’s been so long since I’ve been pinned down by anyone.'” Notice the immediate sexual tone? Poor Hillary just ain’t getting any. And this guy is a lefty? Another joked about her receiving a 3 a.m. phone call from President Obama. “How do you think this makes Hillary Clinton feel? Finally gets a phone call at 3 a.m., and it’s to tell her they picked Joe Biden.” Again, the poor woman can’t even get a damn booty call. Or how about this one: “Hillary Clinton visited Egypt today for the first time since the uprising. When asked why she went, Bill Clinton said, “Believe me, if anyone can stop an uprising, it’s Hillary.” I read on NOW’s website that a left-leaning talk show host compared Clinton to a stripteaser “flattered by the attention” and had twice called her an “uppity woman.”

Relentlessly sexual innuendos. If you’re pretty, they hyper-sexualize you. If you’re not, they call you frigid or sex-starved. Sarah Palin is a whore; Hillary Clinton is sexually pent-up. Apparently we can only be whores or angels, not intelligent women who can run a country. The fury both of these women cause, on the left and the right, and the fact that everyone doesn’t call foul makes me despair that women will ever be treated equally.

About alisaacarter

I am a writer of young adult novels, wife, mom of three, lover of animals, former magazine editor, reader of anything paranormal, and coffee fanatic.
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2 Responses to The Friday Rant: Why do we hate strong women?

  1. LR says:

    It’s tradition for men to be strong and for women to be less stronger. If a woman rapes a man or molests a child, it’s even worse.

    • gemma says:

      I think your confusing “tradition” with society based opinions. Therr is nothing at all to say men are more traditionally powerful, and women are looked worse on for rape or child abuse as they are seen to be more caring by society. These are just socially constructed roles based around gender, which in itself is a social construct.

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