Defending Carmella Soprano

September 12th, 2008 11:59 pm by Kelly Garbato

Megan at Jezebel identifies 19 (nine! teen!) misogynist slurs in Cintra Wilson’s piece on Sarah Palin:

1. “fuckable”

2. “Christian Stepford wife”

3. “she is their hardcore pornographic centerfold spread”

4. “Sarah Palin is a bit comical, like one of those cutthroat Texas cheerleader stage moms.”

5. The part where she compares electing Sarah Palin to allowing child-rapist Warren Jeffs to babysit her kids.

6. The part where electing Palin “is akin to ideological brain rape.”

7. “this Republican blowup doll”

8. The part where electing a Republican woman into office equals “women being downgraded to second-class, three-holed chattel.”

9. “the self-abnegating, submissive female Uncle Tommies”

10. “she has done everything but volunteer for her own circumcision.”

11. “She tacitly promises a roll backward into old-fashioned sexual roles” (despite being a breadwinner and the more powerful spouse).

12. “We must regard Sarah Palin as the Carmella Soprano of the GOP — an enabling wife of organized crime”

13. Being a female Republican is performing an “ideological lap dance” for men.

14. “Sarah Palin is the White House [Playboy] bunny.”

15. “Here’s an It Girl vice president who is easy on the eyes.”

16. “She’s like a grown-up version of Mary Ann from ‘Gilligan’s Island.'”

17. “Women, even if they are vice president, can always look pretty, worship their husbands in the fear of God and never, ever resist invasions from unwanted sperm.”

18. “Sarah Palin and her virtual burqa…”

19. “She’s such a power-mad, backwater beauty-pageant casualty…”

Meanwhile, Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory defends the article as totally not sexist:

Wilson also describes Palin using highly sexualized imagery that’s straight out of the Hustler Hollywood sex shop: blowup dolls, centerfolds, lap dances and Playmates. I can’t speak for Wilson, of course, but what I think she was trying to argue is that Palin is being used as a blowup doll, that for the GOP she activates a reptilian excitement — the same kind of excitement offered by a centerfold. She has been pushed onstage to perform an “ideological lap dance” — in other words, to skillfully pander to baser desires (the least of which are sexual).

Well….perhaps Wilson should have taken more care in articulating her argument, then – especially given that she “describes Palin using highly sexualized imagery.” The onus is on her to make it clear that she’s not a woman-hating asshat.

And I take particular exception to item #6 on Jezebel’s list:

The part where electing Palin “is akin to ideological brain rape.”

There is no excuse for trivializing rape. None.

If I still had a paid subscription to Salon, this is when I’d be firing off an angry cancellation letter, I tell you what.

Oh, and Sarah Palin hates pups. The woman is a pup killer. Literally.

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