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When John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, one of the first thoughts that ran through my head was that surely this was Christmas in July (or more accurately, August) for those of us in the punditry and comedy biz. Even the mainstream media is having trouble keeping a straight face. Last night on the evening news, CBS’s Bob Schieffer referred to her as a “pistol-packin mama.” It’s just hard to resist, plenty of issues to take potshots at. But that in no way excuses Comedy Central’s blog for this post admiring her “gubenetorial knockers” and referring to her as a VPILF, which in case you are clueless as I am means Vice President I’d Like to F*ck.

As one comment posted to the blog said,

“(D)id you make fried chicken and watermelon jokes for Obama too? Probably not..but what this shows along with Hillary’s candidacy, is that its still a man’s world, and those men only think of one thing and view women as good for one thing.”

To be quite honest, I’m getting tired of talking about Comedy Central’s sexism (here, and here). Enough already–evolve!

Once again, I would encourage you to comment on their blog and to write to Comedy Central and tell them you aren’t laughing.

Many thanks once again to Amee Chew for alerting us to this latest incident of media misogyny.

 August 31, 2008  Posted by on August 31, 2008

  2 Responses to “Memo To Comedy Central: Misogyny Isn’t Funny”

  1. Actually, it is funny and by most objective measures she is pretty hot… Get over yourself and shave your legs. Gender issues distract from real issues (like the abuse of executive power, monetary policy, NSA wiretapping, wars in foreign countries… all of which, needless to say, are gender-neutral issues) and only further divide us on (what you would like us to believe) are merely superficial/biological levels. Besides, I respect her for her lifetime membership to the NRA and fiscal conservatism.

  2. We beg to differ. Gender issues most certainly are real issues, as should be obvious if you spend any time reading this blog. Gender issues are in fact a part of any thinking analysis of the issues you bring up–why do you think women are the overwhelming majority of those who live in poverty–that would be a result of monetary policy. And do you not think war in foreign countries affect women. What about the women who are refugees from the Iraq war who are forced to work as prostitutes because they have no other means to support their families. What about the women in the ranks of our own military who are being raped by their fellow soldiers. The reason these things continue to happen is precisely because gender issues are shoved off as ‘not important’.

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