This past week, adult magazine Hustler (published by Larry Flynt) printed a photoshopped picture of S.E. Cupp, a conservative female pundit (who also happens to be an atheist), looking like she’s performing oral sex, with the headline “What Would S.E. Cupp Look Like with a Dick in Her Mouth?”
Here’s what the accompanying article had to say (emphasis mine):
“S.E. Cupp is a lovely young lady who read too much Ayn Rand in high school and ended up joining the dark side. Cupp, an author and media commentator who often shows up on Fox News programs, is undeniably cute. But her hotness is diminished when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the method pictured here is Ms. Cupp’s suggestion for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.”
Oh, and it also comes with a disclaimer:
“No such picture of S.E. Cupp actually exists. This composite fantasy picture is altered from the original for our imagination, does not depict reality and is not to be taken seriously for any purpose.”
Using a woman’s sexuality to attack her integrity is sexism at its finest. Sure, S.E. Cupp is a proponent of defunding Planned Parenthood (and her book isn’t going to earn her many atheist fans), but this image has nothing to do with her political beliefs and everything to do with the fact that she is an outspoken woman. Half-hearted disclaimer or not, this kind of behavior is despicable, even if it does come from Hustler.
Do candid conservative male pundits have to put up with this kind of abuse? I think not. Women who raise their voices in the public sphere should not have to be afraid of being objectified as a punishment. If you have an issue with what they say, talk about their arguments, not their looks.