So apparently I’m a bad feminist for pointing out that Christine O’Donnell is opposed to masturbation, and that she thinks it’s akin to adultery. As bad a feminist as Rachel Maddow, even!
Listen guys (or Legal Insurrection Guy, as the case may be): No one is talking about Christine O’Donnell’s personal masturbatory habits (or lack thereof). That is totally none of our business, and also kind of gross to speculate about! What we are talking about are Christine O’Donnell’s views on masturbation, which are relevant in a country where federal funds go towards sex education, churches, schools, health care organizations, etc etc, and where Christine O’Donnell is trying to get herself into a position where she will have some amount of power over those funds. Christine O’Donnell’s comments were not that she doesn’t masturbate, they were that masturbation is wrong and that we should teach young people that it is wrong. She has also said that fighting AIDS gets too much government money and that using condoms won’t work. And see, when she says that using condoms won’t work to fight the spread of AIDS and we (or I) say “That is a ridiculous comment!,” we are not talking about Christine O’Donnell’s personal use of condoms, of which we know nothing. We are talking about her very wrong viewpoint that condoms are useless and should not be promoted.
So in that other post? We were talking about her very out-of-the-mainstream (and in my opinion, wrong) viewpoint that masturbation is not only bad, but is akin to cheating on your spouse. That’s not “sexualizing” her; it’s pointing to a comment that she made on a TV show called “Sex in the 90s” and taking issue with the position she stakes out.
…why is this hard?
But good job on the pointing-out-sexism thing. Now maybe that can be applied to the comments on Legal Insurrection, which discuss how Rachel Maddow just needs to get laid and how she’s letting her lesbian lust get in the way of professionalism.
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