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Must read: Shakes Sis flips Kos the bird


A pretty dumb web ad for TBS’s new reality show, the Real Gilligan’s Island featuring two “sexy” gals throwing pies at each other.

DKos ran the above ad; some Kossack women were pissed and let him know it. His response to them was actually more offensive than the ad. Here’s what he said:

Apparently, having two women throw pies at each other, wrestle each other in a sexy, lesbianic manner, then having water splashed on their ample, fake bosoms is degrading to women. Or something like that.

Whatever. Feel free to be offended. I find such humorless, knee-jerk reactions, to be tedious at best, sanctimonious and arrogant at worst. I don’t care for such sanctimony from Joe Lieberman, I don’t care for it from anyone else. Some people find such content offensive. Some people find it arousing. Some people find it funny. To each his or her own.

But I am not Lieberman. I won’t sit there and judge pop culture and act as gatekeeper to what I think is “appropriate”, and what isn’t.

And I certainly won’t let the sanctimonious women’s studies set play that role on this site. Feel free to be offended. Feel free to claim that I’m somehow abandoning “progressive principles” by running the ad.

It’s a free country. Feel free to storm off in a huff. Other deserving bloggers could use the patronage.

Me, I’ll focus on the important shit.

Shakes Sis erupts with a great piece today.

Asking why the most influential liberal blogger is running an ad promoting something that is generally anathema to liberal women is not the same as being a culture-vulture like Joe Lieberman. There’s a big difference between seeking to ban content, and questioning whether that content is in alignment with the objectives of those who profit from it. This distinction seems patently clear to me, but apparently it was easier for Kos to assume to sanctimonious and arrogant tone of which he was accusing women of having in order to scold them for gettin’ uppity, rather than address the actual issue—whether he had chosen to either overtly or covertly condone the exploitation of women.

Kos has a right to disagree with the sentiments of women who are offended by his decision. He also has a right to be condescending…

Apparently, having two women throw pies at each other, wrestle each other in a sexy, lesbianic manner, then having water splashed on their ample, fake bosoms is degrading to women. Or something like that.

…dismissive…

Whatever.

…judgmental…

I find such humorless, knee-jerk reactions, to be tedious at best, sanctimonious and arrogant at worst.

…insulting…

And I certainly won’t let the sanctimonious women’s studies set play that role on this site.

…egotistical…

Feel free to storm off in a huff. Other deserving bloggers could use the patronage.

…and demeaning…

Me, I’ll focus on the important shit.

…every right to be all of those things. (As do his merry band of groupthink wankers, many of whose own sexism is put on display in the comments thread associated with the main post). And I have the right to declare him a wanker and remove him from my blogroll, which I’m sure would give him a good laugh, considering I’m a Lilliputian to his Gulliver. But damn it, I won’t stand for that shit. Someone’s gotta stand up to those on our side who would continue to relegate us to the margins, treating our concerns about fairness and respect with mockery and scorn. The liberal sphere is a not a place where strong women should be branded as hysterical or over-reactionary for being concerned about the possible appearance of support for the denigration of their gender, even if there are those who disagree. Disagreement is not the same as ridicule. It’s thoughtless, and worse than that, it’s bad politics.

With friends like these, who needs Republicans?

Go read the rest (and the comments, which are slamming).

Of course, that’s a “what she said” moment. What I would add is that Kos has been quite full of himself on many fronts for some time (see my post “Taking on the big, bad, blogging dogs so we can pee on the political hydrant too“), pooh-poohing calls for more diversity in the voices of front page diarists, as well as deeming what is or isn’t a legitimate progressive issue, simply because he has the clout/readership to do so.

What it comes down to is that Kos’s whoring for ad dollars (and this applies to most big, influential bloggers at this point) makes it clear that once blogging is your day job and your income is dependent on the ad buxxx rolling in, it can result in squishy politics — and defensive behavior.

Now he’s just another dude trying to pimp his upcoming book with his built-in audience, so look for more of the same. It’s the new media, but top-drawer blogs like DKos are increasingly looking and behaving much like the MSM in its condescending attitude toward others not within the “inner circle” of legitimacy that they define as part of the big bloggers club.

[UPDATE: Shakes Sis fires off another one.]

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