Playboy.com posted a story yesterday called “So Right It’s Wrong,” about the conservative women writer Guy Cimbalo wanted to “hate f**k”; it’s since been removed. After the story was posted, the blogosphere, particularly female bloggers, had a complete meltdown, with some calling for a boycott. Playboy took a kick to the balls and responded in an appropriately wimpy fashion by taking down the article. So what was so offensive? Our own Susannah Breslin writes over at Double X:
“It’s a listicle that eviscerates every conservative female that crossed Cimbalo’s radar as someone who was at least in some regard physically attractive and yet whose personal politics he found to be utterly loathsome. The list includes Michelle Malkin, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Laura Ingraham, and Peggy Noonan.
On Malkin: ‘Worse than f**king Ava Braun.’ On Ingraham: ‘Vagina dentata would be an improvement.’ On Noonan: ‘Imagine f**king your grandmother. Now imagine your grandmother coined the phrase ‘a thousand points of light.’ It’s worse than that.’”
Sure, a “yikes” is in order. But why were people so shocked? First of all, this is Playboy. There are naked ladies in Playboy who are being sexually objectified, just like the women on Cimbalo’s list. Plus, there are plenty of lists like this floating around on the internet — “TV’s Most Doable Stars,” “Comedy’s Most F**kable Women,” etc. — so was it the angry, vitriolic nature of his desire to screw these conservative women that was so upsetting?
Breslin points out that one blog turned Cimbalo’s “hate f**k” into a synonym for rape, while Salon called the list “creepy,” and one blogger said it made her want to punch Cimbalo in the mouth. Conservative groups, naturally, are pissed because the list targets their supporters and representatives, and female bloggers are angry because the list is sexist and vicious. But whether you agree with the list or not, or found it offensive or hilarious, should it really have been taken down? I completely agree with Breslin when she writes, “Censoring the piece doesn’t make it any less real, any less politically incorrect, any less true. Attempting to police human nature is the real joke here.” [Double X]