The Vile Misogyny of Steve Bannon

Given the terrible track record of misogyny on the part of Donald Trump, no one should be the least bit surprised that he picked Steve Bannon to run his campaign and be his chief of staff. Bannon is at least as much of a sexist pig as Trump.


He helms a website that is openly scornful of the feminist movement. Bannon opened Breitbart’s doors to blogger Milo Yiannopoulos, who wrote such articles as “Does Feminism Make Women Ugly?” and, “There’s No Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews.” He also wrote an edict against birth control and said that, in order to avoid being harassed online, women should “log off.” “Given that men built the internet, along with the rest of modern civilisation [sic], I think it’s only fair that they get to keep it,” he wrote. (Bannon, of course, didn’t write these articles, but did operate the website that published them.)

Most importantly, he’s given him a massive platform and continues to do so even after all of the things written above (and far more; Milo is one of the most horrible people you’re likely to ever encounter).

In a 2011 radio interview, Bannon said conservative women complicate the progressive narrative. “That’s why there are some unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement,” he said. “That, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England. That drives the left insane and that’s why they hate these women.”

Oh yes, the old “feminists are dykes” argument, so popular among ignorant, sexist assholes. Do Trump’s followers care? Of course not. Not even a tiny little bit.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.