War On Women Wisconsin Edition: Slut Shaming Is Okay When Feminists Do It

April 16, 2012 / 5:52 pm • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

Governor Scott Walker’s campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews finds herself on the receiving end of misogyny by feminists and leftist press.

Her crime?  She waited tables at Hooters while going to college.  Steven Elbow asks the penetrating question:

But to the direct question: Were you a Hooters girl? She said, “I was.”

Matthews said she waited tables for the popular restaurant chain — which features tasty chicken wings and waitresses in short shorts and low-cut tops –- while attending college at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

“So you guys want to write a story that I waited tables in college,” she said. “I’m confused as to why that’s a story.”

Well, she may have a point. What makes news is not always easy to pinpoint. But as we say in the biz: You know it when you see it. [Emphasis added.] And with a recall election looming in which she will often be front-and-center as Walker battles to keep his job, details that might otherwise be ignored become interesting.

Like porn? So, working at Hooters is like story porn? That’s the allusion that this writer made:

The phrase was famously used by United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart to describe his threshold test for pornography in Jacobellis v. Ohio (1964). Obscenity is not protected speech under the Miller test, and can therefore be censored.

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that. [Emphasis added.]

—Justice Potter Stewart, concurring opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio 378 U.S. 184 (1964), regarding possible obscenity in The Lovers.

The expression became “one of the most famous phrases in the entire history” of the Supreme Court.[1

Nice.

But that’s just the beginning. Jezebel publishes a provocative picture of Ciara. Because, you know, conservative women get what’s coming to them.

And Ciara’s story comes on the heels of feminists doubling down on attacking Ann Romney.

Bill Maher gets in on the act.

 

Oh, and don’t forget Amanda Marcotte and the feminists over at Pandagon. Some women are more equal than others, just ask Amanda.

 

And then there’s Time Magazine’s Judith Warner piling on Ann Romney, too. Her implication is laughable. As though, she, Judith Warner, is somehow more touch with the suffering masses than Ann Romney.

 

And finally, because what would your day be like without Roseanne Barr’s opinion, the comedienne weighs in. It’s what you’d expect. More privilege bashing from a woman who is unbelievably privileged.

 

On the positive side, one feminist, Wendy S. Goffe at Forbes, said this:

I thought of all this when the news broke recently about Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s comment that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.”

I don’t know Ann Romney, but as a working mom, I don’t know how she found the time to raise five children. And by the way, Ann Romney has multiple sclerosis. Her life sure sounds a lot harder than going to an office, where someone else makes the coffee, and I know my daughter is well cared for by a nanny that is the closest thing to Mary Poppins in the 21st century.

As a Democrat, I am simply embarrassed by that comment.  Rightly distancing himself from Hilary Rosen, President Obama came to Ann Romney’s defense, and the defense of all stay-at-home moms, saying that “there’s no tougher job than being a mom. . . Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement.” I am proud to have a president who is in touch with his constituents, regardless of political party or appearances.

I also feel privileged to have the job that I do and the ability to hire a nanny. Frankly, I don’t have the skills to raise five children.

 

Many liberals are wholly hypocritical about how they treat conservative women–whether they’re young, beautiful up-and-comer working outside the home women or middle-aged, working inside the home moms.

 

They hate conservative women and attacks are fair game.

 

That’s too bad because it seems to be the opposite of what the Women’s Movement was supposed to be about.

 

Says Goffe:

None of us lead the lives our appearance suggests. We each lie in bed at night with our personal terrors as to what life could be, or about what life is like right now, and whether we have the strength to get through it. Clothes and money rarely can make that go away.

 

The women’s movement loses all credibility with it’s “choices for me, but not for thee” and creating the abortion litmus test.

 

When conservative women are destroyed because they dissent from popular feminist opinion, all women lose. Why can’t liberal women see this?

 

Thanks for the links Hot Air (Ed has more at the link about the Wisconsin tax deal and recall election), Insty, and Ann Althouse.

  • Mike Lee

     Because neither political wing has a monopoly on idiots. To be fair, I haven’t seen much re: Hillary, but I did see a few people ranting about it. I called them on it just as I would if Clinton was a Republican. I don’t think it’s really a “woman thing”, as far this one issue with Hillary is concerned. It’s that they just can’t get over the Clintons. They hear or read the name “Clinton”, and they foam at the mouth.

    Try not to make your political choices or views depend on the worst of either party or ideology.

  • Mike Lee

     Exactly what I thought. Yeah. What a terrible thing. A smoking hottie working for Walker. Yep. That’ll drive the voters away. lol. The only people who will object to this are the lefty women who would never vote for Walker in the first place. It’s pretty darn funny when you think about it. Lefty women calling someone else out on being slutty. As if being a freakin’ waitress at Hooters is a big deal. Oh, but if she was a black crack addict turning tricks to pay for her habit, then that would be a-ok.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Reed/733667455 Michael Reed

    War on women, by womYn, for womYn – media outrage??? chirp

  • Anonymous

    Working at Hooters is a plus in my book! Does anyone think that Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, or any of the rest of the dour lefty female politicians could have ever landed a job there? especially given their personalities, let alone looks? 

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  • Pat

    Its tribal.
    They think that conservatives don’t ever change their views. Not true- its just that conservatives need evidence before they change their views and don’t just go for the latest idea. In the fifties conservatives would have been embarrassed by a report that their wife looked good in a bikini (remembering an inept attack on Stacy Mcain)  and even more so by a woman who worked in a topless restaurant.
    But that was sixty years ago. We’ve seen the evidence and then moved on. We know how hard it is to pay bills and we have more respect for a woman that does so by getting a job (however unpalatable) than for one who just gets help whether from the state or a husband. And we’re no longer embarrassed associating with ladies who look good lightly attired. Especially if those ladies have other talents- like honesty and intelligence.

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  • Anonymous

    TO: Pat
    RE: ‘Tribal’?

    Its tribal. — Pat

    That’s one way of putting it. However, I suspect that ‘herd animal’ behavior might be more appropriate.

    Many women are more like ‘herd’ animals, following the lead of the alpha female of their group or ‘set’. I’ve witnessed this sort of behavior often enough in various groups/clubs.

    Case in point, I’m on the board of directors for a state-level gardening society. I’m the ONLY male member of the executive committee. And there are only a double-handful of men in the organization from the entire state.

    I’ve been preaching the benefits of coming up to the 21st Century for quite some time. But the rest of the board don’t listen to ME.

    Recently another lady joined the board. She says the same things I’ve been saying for over a year. BUT they agree with what SHE says. That’s misandry at its finest, in the first place. What makes it ‘herd animal’ behavior is that the president agrees with it, so the rest of the board does too.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [If my husband would ever meet a woman on the street who looked like the women in his paintings, he would fall over in a dead faint. - Mrs. Pablo Picasso]

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  • Anonymous

    The National Organization of Liberal Women have always had an agenda. One that includes masculinizing women for the purpose of covering their own ugly platform. 
    If you’ll notice, the lovely are always attacked because the left can’t compete.
    Ask the 80 thousand members of the National Federation of Republican Women. They will give you an entirely different story about women and their health which includes the warnings printed on the labels of those free birth control pills which the leftist women have conveniently failed to inform you about. Like Breast cancer, Cervical cancer,and Uterine cancer. These are the unintended consequences of free birth control pills. But who cares?

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  • http://twitter.com/SusieMadrak Susie Madrak

    Ah, the old conservative blogger’s truck of linking to something and implying it says what you say it says! Kind of like when a trial lawyer says unproven things to sway the jury… the Jezebel author says quite specifically why she used the picture of Ciara Matthews in her Hooters uniform:

    “In a hypocritical turn, Matthews seems totally fine with selling chaste sexiness but not permitting sexuality — she used to be a waitress at Hooters. Now, short of cooking meth or murdering enemies of the mob, doing what you have to do to work your way through college is generally admirable, and Matthews shouldn’t be faulted for donning the shiny suntan nylons and orange short shorts of the Hooters uniform. As they say, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. But profitting from selling a plasticized form of unnatural sexiness designed to arouse men while simultaneously believing that women should be forced to face the “consequences” of actually giving into to their sexual desires is a pretty backward way of thinking. And she should be taken to task for it. So we’ve posted this hilarious picture of her in her Hooters uniform to illustrate the ridiculousness of all of this — Walker, Matthews, their wacky beliefs, and the general asshats who we’ve somehow elevated to positions like Governor of an entire goddamn state. Vote, people! This is what happens when you don’t!”