Sarah Palin Sexism Watch, #21

Why, Daily Show, why?

[Transcript below. H/T to Shaker and Hoyden Lauredhel.]

(And, no, I don't give a shit that the line was delivered as a Catskills comic or some shit—Colbert is the ironic character; Stewart plays it straight, and, yes, that context matters.)

It's bad enough when women are said to have balls as a compliment, but this is just beyond the beyond. There are people who have both male and female reproductive organs, and they're not called flowers or hockey moms; they're called intersex. (Though not everyone who is intersex has both male and female reproductive organs.) Perhaps if Stewart is unfamiliar with the concept, someone could give him a copy of this beautiful, brilliant, bestselling, and Pulitzer Prize-winning book to enlighten him, which happens to be one of my favorite books. Or any one of these.

And perhaps then he could explain to us why that joke was so important he felt compelled to mock and marginalize people often already rendered vulnerable by their culture's undue hostility and ignorance.

I'm just literally totally fucking sick of alleged progressives—and everyone else, for that matter—making jokes that unnecessarily and unjustifiably smear people who have fuck-all to do with their target, but are somehow hilarious just by virtue of having an intrinsic nature that deviates from the kyriarchal norm—ha ha you're a girl ha ha you're gay ha ha you're brown ha ha you're trans ha ha you're disabled ha ha you're fat ha ha you're a dwarf ha ha you're DIFFERENT. Fuck. What a pathetically immature and just bloody impolite and mean society we are.

Some days I just want to vomit on the world and never stop.

Jon Stewart: Of course, [in some weird Spanish Tarzan? accent] no access make media angry.

Rachel Maddow: This isn't North Korea. We don't do just pure photo ops with no questions.

Anderson Cooper: They are trying to protect her from something which I don't quite understand; this is not how things normally work.

Paul Begala: Don't exclude the press; don't coddle her.

Campbell Brown: Stop treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment.

Stewart: She can kill a moose with her bare hands! Rip its heart out—and show it to the moose! She will rip its heart out and show it to the moose before eating it in front of the moose! Delicate flower. Y'ever hear the old joke about the difference between a flower and a hockey mom? One has both male and female reproductive organs, and the other one's a flower! BOOM! BOOM!
[Sarah Palin Sexism Watch: Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen, Eighteen, Nineteen, Twenty. We defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we endorse her or her politics, but because that's how feminism works.]

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