No, this is not another post calling for an end to the failed war on drugs or medical marijuana, though one is sure to come. This is a response to a challenge made in yesterday's thread to rebuff Glenn Garvin's crybaby, "liberals get away with it all" article. It's all about billing, and Garvin isn't getting any from me, hence the unrelated title.
Suffice it to say that Garvin's piece is one big logical fallacy, specifically cherry picking words said by both sides and then presenting them as if they are equal when in fact they are not. What's different? Intent. Do I have to go all Legally Blond and define mens rea for ya?
Take Alec Baldwin for example. This guy has issues. No one is denying that. But this is also a man who strongly supports gay rights. When he uses a bigoted pejorative he's not attempting to further an agenda that marginalizes a whole group of people. Garvin would have us believe that this is all about some kind of uptight word policing, making sure no one gets politically incorrect. That's not it at all. This is about fundamental equality under the law. Those who support that fundamental equality get more wiggle room to make unfortunate utterances than those who don't.
Speaking of Politically Incorrect, Garvin makes hay on Bill Maher and his use of the word c*nt when describing Sarah Palin. Personally, I'd never use that word to describe her, although I would call her an opportunistic dunce, borderline sociopath, and major league hypocrite. Here we have a woman raising a disabled son, safe with her Fox News millions, who's tea party allies would take the basic necessary support away from families who are struggling to do the same, noble thing. Honestly, I have teenage nieces and nephews with a superior understanding of geography, history, and foreign policy to her, and none of them would have the audacity to believe that they are fit to be president. (yet) That's not a good person.
What if Maher called her a d*ck? Why is calling someone the female sex organ an unfathomable insult, while the male sex organ is a casual, more acceptable slur? Misogyny and homophobia go hand in hand because both lash out at the perception of the feminine.
Words have no substance to themselves. They are merely unutterable abstracts that represent concretes. The concrete foundation of the hard right conservative movement is based on inequality; for homosexuals, for women, for immigrants. When they use slurs against these minorities they do so not just to be impolite or funny, they do so with the intent of stirring up hatred to advance an agenda that is patently harmful to those groups. That is objectively worse than using foul language out of anger or for comedy.
Sexism is more than a specific word or slur. It's policies that demean women, like forcing them to give birth to their rapist's children, or making them pay more for health insurance. Garvin wants us to believe that there is a double standard when in fact we are talking about two separate kinds of wrong.
This video has no relationship to the post, except to say that it's good to be reminded that there is beauty in the world after dealing with such ugliness.