Whore is as Whore Does; NOW is over

A week ago, Ed Morrissey looked at NOW’s endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown–whose campaign assistant had just been caught referring to his (female) rival as “a whore”–and asked “Seriously, what does it take for a Democrat to lose the endorsement of the National Organization from Women?”

The answer, of course, is “turn pro-life.”

Anything short of that, and it really doesn’t matter what misogynist, insulting or dehumanizing thing a Democrat does, NOW will support them.

A whore is as a whore does. Last week–after the Brown campaign’s mealy-mouthed hominahomina over the whoregaffe, NOW President Terry O’Neill disingenuously suggested that her organization would endorse Brown but that “from here on” anyone who calls a woman a whore “should be fired.”

Got that? “From here on.” Watching NOW and the Democrats go through their election-year morality plays is like watching two clumsy teenagers in the backseat, negotiating how many bases the guy can get away with. Okay, you can go this far, but no more, and I’m serious. No means no. Stop that. Oh, okay, you can go that far, as long as I can get something for it. You can go as far as you like, actually, as long as you’ll pay for the abortion…

This week, O’Neill’s “from here on” tease is being challenged by Patty Bellasalma, president of California’s chapter of NOW, who has decided that, yes, Brown’s challenger Meg Whitman is, in fact, a whore. A political whore, you see. And it’s okay to call someone a political whore, because that’s not the same thing as, you know, putting women down for being free with their bodies, or their convictions and principles.

Bellasalma said that while calling Whitman a “whore” was a poor choice of words, the description was accurate. “The very troubling issue that is embedded in that call is what prompted the description of Meg as a ‘whore’ is basically that she sold out Californians for an endorsement and a $450,000 independent expenditure campaign,” she said.

Well, if a whore is a woman who sells out for expediency, then NOW should know. Bellasalma’s organization has “sold out” women for political expediency for decades, broadening their tolerance for Democrat-borne misogyny at least since the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill debacle (“brilliant” Yalie woman with “impressive credentials” vs imbecilic, misogynist Yalie man who only got where he is through affirmative action went the narrative), when formerly “strong” women–who were in all ways “the equals of men”–suddenly became NOW-embraced wilting violets who needed smelling salts to counter a salty joke.

NOW exhibited its malleable (or, “bendy” as some might say) morals again when they–and all of the “official women” under their banner–were willing to give away their “convictions” to get Bill Clinton into the Oval Office, his shoes still trailing the ice-water from Juanita Brodderick’s fat lip.

Suddenly, the men who were not permitted to snicker at a double-entendre were being told by the likes of Gloria Steinem (you can’t be a more “official woman” than she) that some men–particularly if they were powerful men with D’s after their name–were permitted “one free feel” by gals who knew it was all harmless fun, after all, and suggested that everyone lighten up a little. Wasn’t it just too uproarious to hear James Carville defame a working-class woman–who had done no wrong beyond having caught Clinton’s eye–as personifying “what you find when you drag a $100 bill through the trailer park!”

Yes, it seems these elites have been overt in their disdain for their blue-collar lessers for quite some time, but I digress. Or, do I? NOW has exposed itself–once again–as only representing the concerns of women when the women concerned have fallen in line with the “official” protocols that make them “authentic” women, like Steinem or Hillary Clinton–who will “look the other way” and let bad boys be bad if the girls can get something out of it, or mindlessly carry water like Patty Murray and Barbara Boxer–and not “fake” women like Condoleeza Rice, or Meg Whitman, or Carly Fiorina or Sarah Palin, for that matter, Patricia Heaton, who dares to call herself a Feminist-for-Life.

All of those women, they’re fake women.

But if they’re fake women, at least I guess they can’t be real whores.

UPDATE:
Bill Whittle on the growing awareness of the disdainful elite:

As I noted earlier today: the cultural elites love their narratives; they just don’t want to live within them.

UPDATE II:
Arianna-and-Oprah-Turfing
Obamacare driving insurance costs to the stratosphere
Elite double standards are less tolerated than they used to be

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  • DWiss

    When I read this stuff, or see it on the news, my mouth drops open in disbelief. The right thing would have been for Jerry Brown to fire the person who used the “w” word…that would have sent the proper message, and that’s what NOW should have demanded. But, “from now on…”?! What credibility could they possibly have left?

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  • Gail F

    A really, really great post. Only certain people count these days, you know.

  • Steve

    It’s all made more maddening, as Meg Whitman is actually pro-choice. (She is, isn’t she? I don’t think I’m making this up.) So it’s not all about abortion. NOW will go with the misogynistic Brown (“Hey, those mammograms ain’t necessary!”) simply because of the D after his name. It’s more than abortion. It’s about a desperate and increasingly marginalized interest group (those abortion approval numbers just keep going against them, don’t they?) returning to the ones who promise to pay them off with more and more state and federal funds. So, who really are the “political” whores in this whole mess?

  • Dad of Six

    If NOW was really concerned about women, they be picketing every abortion mill, every adult bbokstore, and every network that pushes porn.

    And I too like the term ‘gentry’ rather than ‘elite’. How many of the gentry could change an oil filter, cut up a chicken, or paint a room?

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  • http://victor-undergo.blogspot.com/ Victor

    Are we humans just going to whittle away or are we going to take notes of what our Alien friends left U>S which is to be careful of Pyramid Schemes cause no matter how Powerful our human fire walls might be, “IT” takes every one of God’s Children to keep this world going in His direction and not just ten or more elite human sinners.

    I hear ya! You think Victor?

    I try but sometimes “IT” hurts! :)

    Thanks for keeping U>S informed Anchoress.

    God Bless Peace

  • Roz Smith

    It’s not about abortion, it’s about being a Democrat. I joined NOW when I was in college. I resigned in 1982 when NOW endorsed Democrat Frank Lautenberg over the pro life Republican Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick.

    Fenwick was a roll model for women who where thinking about entering national politics. When a patronizing Congressman told her I’ve always thought of women as kissable, cuddly, and smelling good,’ the quick witted Fenwick responded, ‘That’s what I’ve always thought about men, and I hope for your sake that you haven’t been disappointed as many times as I’ve been.’

  • newton

    Just to think I graduated from a women’s college, where we were taught all about women’s rights… It used to be a joke when I saw the occasional poster with “All Men Are Created Equal. All Women Are Created Superior.” Or “Sure God Created Man Before Woman… But you must have a rough draft before THE FINAL MASTERPIECE!” I sure thought I was in great company.

    Until the day the NOW crowd decided they would rather please Good Ole’ Bill Clinton than believe what Monica, Paula, Linda, Kathleen, and others were saying.

    I knew then and there that I could no longer align with that crowd, that men were not The Devil, that the real enemy of women are those same women who seem to have acquired the morals of hyenas and vultures with gusto.

    Remember when they were clamoring for us to help the oppressed women of Taliban-dominated Afghanistan, only to turn their backs on those same women when our U.S. Armed Forces arrived there to DO SOMETHING about that oppressive force? “We wanted their liberation, BUT NOT THAT liberation!” Hypocrites!

    About those women, I will say exactly what my late father once said when he was asked by someone if he would consider returning to his first wife, if only for the sake of his kids: “I’d rather restore honor to a prostitute!”

    A prostitute can restore herself… The NOW crowd never will.

  • Dustin

    Democrat or die, for these NOW types. It’s not about fairness to women. It’s not about advancing women. It’s about democrats.

    I guess it’s also about killing ‘mistakes’, but even that is second to Democrats. NOW is a national embarrassment.

  • Micha Elyi

    @newton — “It used to be a joke when I saw the occasional poster with ‘All Men Are Created Equal. All Women Are Created Superior.’”

    The joke was on those who took that as a joke. Feminism has always been about taking all of men’s advantages, none of men’s disadvantages, discarding women’s disadvantages, and giving up none of women’s advantages.

    I’m disturbed by the a-birthing trend among some Christian women to call themselves “feminists” of one sort or another. There is no such thing as a ‘nice feminist’ for the same reason there’s no ‘nice’ racist movement.

  • http://ampontan.wordpress.com/ Ampontan

    Gloria Steinem used what she considered to be a clever term for non-leftist women that’s even more snide than “fake women”–female impersonators.

  • Joe Odegaard

    Jerry Brown is Jesuit educated & I would expect much better from him.

  • Greta

    There are a majority of lefist radical Jesuits that are not really Catholic in their belief as compared to say the actual teachings of the Catholic Church.

  • Clinton

    Remember Senator Bob Packwood (R-Ore.)? He
    was Republican but also very pro-abortion. He
    received awards and endorsements from NOW,
    from Planned Parenthood, and one year Gloria
    Steinem raised 600K for his campaign. He was
    also notorious in his twenty years in the Senate
    for grabbing, patting, propositioning and leering
    at almost any female unlucky enough to be alone
    with him. He chronicled his exploits over those
    years in 10,000 turgid pages of memoirs. His
    behavior was common knowledge in DC, but
    NOW and PP had his back because of his stance
    on abortion.

    In 1992, the Washington Post came out with
    a series of stories detailing dozens of his
    assaults on women, and the Senate began the
    two-year long process of expelling him. It was
    only then that NOW found its outrage over
    his treatment of women, when he was no
    longer useful. He eventually resigned before
    he could be expelled.

    I think the stories of NOW’s behavior regarding
    Sen. Packwood, Pres. Clinton, and now the
    campaign of Jerry Brown vis a vis women
    tells me that they have ever been hypocrites.
    It seems that if a politician can be counted on
    to vote their way re: abortion, they really don’t
    care how he treats women.

  • Susan

    Dear Anchoress,

    You call yourself pro-life, but you have no problem with the US military dropping bombs on Iraqi babies. But of course, Muslim babies don’t count as babies, do they? And don’t tell me I’m lying. You pimped for the Iraq War as much as any other neo-con.

    What a rank and vile hypocrite you are, Miss Anchoress.

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  • Stan25

    At least the women walking the streets are honest about what they do. Unlike the NAGS, who prostitute themselves to the highest bidder to get what they really want (a world without men) and will do anything to achieve that goal.

  • ariel

    Okay, who let in the troll! I guess Susan cannot distinquish between what is sometimes a necessary evil, (ie. war) in which there is often regrettable unintentional collateral damage such as civilian casualties, or the unnecessary evil, (ie. abortion), in which the damage is always intentional.

    So which is the greater evil, the deliberate murder of a child in an abortion or the accidental death of a child in a bombing? Or, to put it more succintly, Is premeditated murder the same moral equivalence as manslaughter?

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  • Jack B. Nimble

    Silly irrelevant argument + namecalling = Liberal (Susan)

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Somebody didn’t take their happy pills this morning. . .


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