How is it that there are so many soi-disant liberal guys who think that the rules against being a sexist asshole are somehow suspended so long as you’re attacking a conservative woman? Megan has put up with a metric ton of the kind of abuse that would’ve prompted me to shut down comments long ago. There was Henry Rollins’ “Love Letter to Ann Coulter” a few years back—the one where he cleverly offered her a position as his submissive housekeeper concubine—which a bunch of leftish blogs purported to find high-larious. Now Playboy‘s apparently run a top-ten list of conservative women they’d like to hate-fuck. In the predictable shitstorm that ensued, they pulled it almost instantly, but it’s mindboggling that anyone thought an extended rape fantasy targeting opinionated women might somehow fall in the “provocative but funny” category.
Addendum: Over at Salon, Gabriel Winant duly deplores the Playboy piece, then rather gratuitously adds:
It’s no coincidence that conservative punditry is full of women who give Cimbalo sort-of-guilty ideas about using sex as punishment. Nobody makes Michelle Malkin dress up in a cheerleader outfit. The style of conservatism she and her ilk espouse feeds directly off men who are unwilling to view them as equal citizens.
Far be it from me to deny that stuff like this is cringe-inducing, but in this context, the passage above sounds an awful lot like a roundabout “she was asking for it!”