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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.
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