Anthony Weiner’s Feminist Rhetoric Meets Reality

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Feminist blogger Amanda Marcotte and her far left brethren at The Daily Kos defended Weiner’s honor by dreaming up a vast right-wing conspiracy theory involving Andrew Breitbart, Photoshop chicanery, and nostalgia for those “heady” days when a semen-encrusted blue dress dominated the news. (Ah, yes, those were the days.)

Another feminist writer at Slate‘s XX Factor makes “the case for tolerating left-wing Lotharios” like Weiner. As far as she’s concerned, a reliably liberal voting record is as good as a Get Out Of Jail Free card:

For those on the left, like Rep. Weiner, it’s easier to disregard their potential sexual missteps as a character flaw limited to the home life. In his career as a lawmaker, he has been an emphatic advocate for women. (NARAL gave him a 100 percent rating.)

This echoes feminist sentiment during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, most notably summarized by former White House correspondent Nina Burleigh:

I would be happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.

Instead of pressing Anthony Weiner to explain his lies and evasions, the feminist Left is strapping on their kneepads (metaphorically, one hopes) just as they did in the 1990s. The women and girls traumatized by his Twitter scandal are acceptable casualties because rallying to the defense of an ideological bedfellow supersedes any pretense of caring about the lives of individual women.

If Anthony Weiner and his feminist supporters truly stood for women, they would listen to the words of Gennette Cordova’s mother:

I’m really upset. I feel like he’s a person of power and influence, who can make a statement and make all this go away.

But why would he bother to use his power and influence to help the recipient of his dirty pic get on with her life? The Kneepad Brigade will stand by him either way.

Jenn Taylor escaped blue state academia for redder pastures in the South. Follow her on Twitter and read more of her work at


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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.

  • 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.


    • 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.

  • 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 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

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  • 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.