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Desperate Time Magazine Already Relying on Gender Card to Defend Hillary

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 11:01
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The latest Hillary email revelations have progressives spooked. For example, the Washington Post has abandoned any pretext of objectivity to go after former liberal hero James Comey like a rabid badger, as if he were the one who committed felonies in a likely attempt to hide evidence of influence peddling. Some corners of the liberal establishment have succumbed to total panic, like Time Magazine. It provides a soapbox for Berkeley linguistics professor Robin Lakoff, who has already fallen back on the last resort, the gender card:

The only reason the whole email flap has legs is because the candidate is female. Can you imagine this happening to a man? Clinton is guilty of SWF (Speaking While Female), and emailgate is just a reminder to us all that she has no business doing what she’s doing and must be punished, for the sake of all decent women everywhere.

Critics of Hillary’s illegal behavior…

…are not remotely Clinton’s moral superiors. They are simply bullies, using gender discrimination to give a veneer of plausibility to their accusations.

Even Comey succumbing to pressure from Loretta Lynch to issue a mild wrist slap instead of recommending indictment was sexist:

FBI Chief James Comey has shown himself to be another bully of the same kind. He has repeatedly talked down to Clinton, admonishing her as a bad parent would a 5-year-old. He has accused her of “poor judgment” and called her use of a private email server “extremely careless.” …

If the candidate were male, there would be no scolding and no “scandal.” Those very ideas would be absurd.

If you want absurd, consider that the moron who wrote this is a professor at a high-priced, prestigious university:

It’s not about emails; it’s about public communication by a woman in general. Of course, in the year 2016, no one (probably not even The Donald) could make this argument explicitly. After all, he and his fellow Republicans are not waging a war on women. How do we know that? They have said so. And they’re men, so they must be telling the truth.

But here’s Hillary Rodham Clinton, the very public stand-in for all bossy, uppity and ambitious women. Here are her emails. And since it’s a woman, doing what decent women should never do—engaging in high-level public communication—well, there must be something wrong with that, even if we can’t quite find that something. We will invoke the terminology of criminal law to account for our feelings. She’s getting away with treason! Put her in jail! We can’t quite put our fingers on it, but the words sure do make a lot of people feel better, so they must be right.

Even leaving aside the presumably incriminating content of the emails that Shrillary has gone to extreme lengths to keep from public view, we are talking about serious crimes relating to the mishandling of classified information (not to mention the destruction of subpoenaed evidence) that would put any normal person behind bars.

Looks like we will spend the next 4 years listening to screams of sexism every time anyone implies that laws apply even to Hillary. The screams will become especially shrill if by some miracle rule of law prevails and she is finally put in federal prison where she belongs.

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Robin Lakoff, feminist linguist.

On a tip from Torcer. Hat tip: Twitchy.


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