Anthony Weiner’s Feminist Rhetoric Meets Reality

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“My name is Anthony Weiner and I stand for women!”

That’s not just a tailor-made caption for the indiscreet photo sent from the New York congressman’s Twitter account. Weiner proudly delivered that line twice during a rah-rah sisterhood speech to adoring fans at Planned Parenthood’s Stand Up for Women’s Health Rally in February. The only thing missing from his feminist cheerleading was a set of speculum-handled pom-poms.

But Weiner’s feminist rhetoric is far more tumid than the underwear-clad package he “can’t say with certitude” isn’t his — and just as susceptible to shrinkage. So here’s the cold water:

While the intended recipient of the lewd photo, 21-year-old Gennette Cordova, drowns in a raging media maelstrom, Anthony Weiner is using the only life preserver in sight as a hula hoop. Instead of ending the speculation about their relationship by asking law enforcement to investigate the alleged hacking of his Twitter account, Weiner spent the week tossing cagey Clintonian statements and erection puns to an increasingly suspicious press.

This is how Anthony Weiner stands for women.

Cordova and her family have been subjected to the kind of scrutiny, mockery, and even harassment normally reserved for public figures (and private citizens who vote Republican). Her candid party photos and off-the-cuff tweets are now front page news as bloggers and reporters rifle through cached social media accounts, hoping to shake out the single breadcrumb that might lead to a scoop on the young woman who denies “any inappropriate exchanges” with Weiner.

In a statement released shortly after the Weinergate scandal broke, Cordova wrote:

The last 36 hours have been the most confusing, anxiety-ridden hours of my life. I’ve watched in sheer disbelief as my name, age, location, links to any social networking site I’ve ever used, my old phone numbers and pictures have been passed along from stranger to stranger.

My friends have received phone calls from people claiming to be old friends of mine, attempting to obtain my contact information. My siblings have received tweets that are similar in nature.

In the hours following the obscene tweet from Weiner’s account, Cordova attempted to scrub all traces of herself from the Internet, including her social networking accounts and college newspaper bylines. But efforts to protect her friends and family from media vultures by erasing her virtual identity were unsuccessful, and now Anthony Weiner is the only person who can help Cordova recapture some semblance of privacy.

If Weiner’s Twitter account was truly hacked, calling for an official investigation would clear his name, make this “distraction” go away, and allow Cordova to drift back into relative obscurity. And yet, this feminist hero, this supposed champion of women’s privacy rights, refuses to involve the Capitol Police, FBI, or any other law enforcement agency.

How easily a woman’s sacred right to privacy is forgotten when a sexting misfire puts a Democrat’s political career on the line.

When will Weiner stand for this woman?

When will he stand for the other women and underage girls whose names and photos were published by the New York Post, Gateway Pundit, and The Daily Kos simply because Weiner followed some of them on Twitter?

He won’t. And neither will the so-called feminists willing to sacrifice these women’s privacy in the defense of an outspoken leftist ally.

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  • Johanna Lister

    Is it true that if Anthony Weiner runs for mayor of New York, one of his campaign promises is going to be to change the city’s nickname from “The Big Apple” to “The Little Weiner”?

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Weiner is a slug of the first degree! Dump this
    fool – let him work for a living. America doesn't
    need creeps like this at the helm.

  • Joanne

    Good article.I haven't really been paying attention until just now. I know that his actions have been less than chivalrous, but did not know he was a coward also.
    He is a weiner, pure and simple.

  • http://Www.Voicestream.com Ben Gleck

    I stumbled across this site/page and Wiener is an idiot! I have a feeling that folks that frequent this site are in the same category. It’s nice to meet you all! Let’s be real patriots and take America back with Jesus at our side. Can I get an “Amen” Brothers and Sisters? I love this country so much it makes me sick.

  • kafir4life

    Come on folks! Weiner sending a snap of his namesake to a woman that's not his wife taint no thang!!! The Lion of the Senate was a MURDERER! He KILLED a woman that he was porking, and needed her to be quiet about it, and MURDERED HER!!! He then used his position, power, and money to get away with it! I'm surprised the Kopechne wasn't prosecuted for loving their daughter when Sen Ted (the Lion of the Demonicrat Senate) wanted her to be dead.

    LEAVE TONY D WEINER ALONE!!!

    • voted against carter

      Hey anthony,

      Bringing up teddy kennedy's problems has NOTHING to do with yours.

      Typical LIBRATARD,.. reframe the "weiner photos" in to SOMETHING it IS NOT.

      Sending your "weiner photos" around the web is conduct unbecoming a congrASSman.

      You NEED to resign.

  • http://jewishdefense.org AJ Weberman

    Maybe the Muzzie he married won't give him any

  • Steve Chavez

    Barney Frank: "Even I wouldn't do that Wiener!"

    • Tanstaafl

      The bun denounces the sausage?

  • Anneke9

    A Democrat is a hypocrite… imagine that! Two of my office mates are major Dem agitators. I have to listen to them checking out woman on Match.com. The comments they make are disgusting. Yet, to hear these guys tell it, they are the Lib champions of woman–having learned at the feet of Phil Donahue and Alan Alda. All this has done is confirm for me that Libs/Dems will say and do anything to get what they want. They have no ethics or core values.

    • Asher

      People are disgusted by the affair of John Edwards, Elliot Spitzer, and now The Weiner has been playing show his wares to several young women….These are the officials who we have been electing, who are supposed to be examples of leadership and integrity… It appears that some are not fit to serve the American people!

  • "gunner"

    weiners weenie, disgusting, simply disgusting. the only one who gets to see my mating tackle is my wife, but she volunteered for the job willingly.

  • Steve Chavez

    BREAKING NEWS!: WEINER ADMITS IT WAS HIM in the photos, he took them, he sent them!

    Andrew Breitbart claims he has nude photos of Weiner and a reporter asked Weiner if he can dispute Andrew's claim and Weiner said he couldn't!

    He will not resign! Bill Clinton is setting up a Twitter account as we speak! Both have dishonored the House and the White House!!!

  • Harry

    Except, you know, this has nothing at all to do with feminism, or if it does, you completely failed to talk about it. This is just you trying to take a cheap shot at someone who definitely deserves some flak, but not this kind. How is him trying to salvage his career by not saying have anything to do with one woman who's been getting phone calls? I mean, really.

    Feminism is a movement for equal rights for women, not helping out a single woman in one instance. If he had tweeted it to a man, would he not helping them out mean that he hates men and doesn't support them? No, it means he is trying to save himself. Sure, it isn't chivalrous of him, but it has nothing to do with his belief that women should have equal rights.

    If you want to talk about him not really being a feminist, try talking about how him tweeting pictures to random girls shows that he thinks of women as sexual objects or something, I don't know. None of the points you made make any sense whatsoever.

    • nina

      I watched his : "I have made a mistake" speach, and I heard him clearly say that he never knew the girl, and didn't have any contact with her. He said he was sorry for all the unpleasantness that this mistake brought her. I think he was dignified, as far as one can be in such an instance. He also said that he is the only one to blame, and that he asks for forgiveness from his wife, his family, his staff, and his constituents. That they have the right to draw conclusions from his mistake. What more do you people want, blood? This was a silly and childish thing to do. But he didn't force anyone to do anything. It isn't as if he were Rangel who stole from the governmant, and he is still there. The only real person who has been made to suffer is his wife and this is their personal business.

  • alexander

    Bravo, Dem(n) Party! Good Ted K's school!!! Of course, you are above the law! We all are idiots, you are gods!
    Liberalism is a mental disorder, you bags of sscuuum on legs

  • BS77

    Weiner…RESIGN!!!

  • Steeloak

    Say, where's Amused today? I think that in light of Weiner's mea culpa he should have some crow to eat, wouldn't you all agree?

  • Ozzy

    It is too bad when some put their Party over common sense. Why would his defenders think he is capable of representing them as opposed to just lying to them? However to misrepresent the Democratic mainstream is just equivocation and par for the course with these erudite web-rags.
    I respect your observation, often times, especially after 9/11 it has been mine as well.