2018: The Left’s Year of Fat Shaming, Ageism, and Mansplaining

 

Given how 2017 went, it was only to be expected that 2018 would get even more unhinged. It seems in the Age of Trump, the ends justify the means, and so, we’re seeing a lot of liberals engage in fat shaming, ageism, and mansplaining in order to buttress “The Resistance.”

Yesterday the President’s doctor gave a news conference on the state of the President’s health. It was one of the most detailed and lengthy in the Trump White House’s history, and despite the fact that the doctor, Dr. Ronny Jackson, was Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s as well, many are questioning everything from his findings about the President’s heart health, mental state, and weight. On the latter, the President quickly became the butt of jokes from those who questioned if the President is indeed 239 pounds. The ladies of the View, many of whom are fat-shamed regularly, devoted an entire segment to the “girther movement.”

Fat-shaming: It’s now okay, but only if it’s about Trump.

Over the weekend, the feminist site Babe published what they hoped would be a takedown of actor Aziz Ansari (I wrote about it a few days ago). I wasn’t the only one disturbed by a piece which felt like revenge porn, not an expose. A piece at the New York Times by Bari Weiss (follow her writing) dominated the site for days, and spoke to how universally uncomfortable Americans were with Babe’s attack on Ansari. Huffington Post reported on one broadcaster’s take on the story,

HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield delivered an angry open letter to the unnamed accuser on Monday, saying that the description of events sounded merely like a bad date that the woman could have ended by leaving. Banfield also said that the “reckless” public allegation made by the woman compromised the #MeToo movement to combat sexual misconduct.

“So I have to ask you: What exactly was your beef?” Banfield said. “That you had a bad date with Aziz Ansari? Is that what victimized you to the point of seeking a public conviction and a career-ending sentence against him? Is that what you truly think he deserved for your night out?”

“What you have done, in my opinion, is appalling,” the anchor continued. “You went to the press with a story of a bad date and you have potentially destroyed this man’s career over it.”

In response, the author of the Babe piece, Katie Way, penned a nasty email to Banfield, which read, in part,

“Ashleigh — someone I am certain nobody under the age of 45 has heard of — I hope the 500 retweets on the single news write-up made that burgundy lipstick, bad highlights, second-wave feminist has-been really relevant for a little while.”

Ageism and shaming a woman over her looks: Also now acceptable.

Over on Capital Hill, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is under fire from the RNC for “mansplaining” to the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. I have long held that mansplaining is actually a thing that men do, and watching the clip of Senator Booker speaking with Secretary Nielsen, that’s indeed what it looked like. Senator Booker responded to questions about mansplaining stating “It’s a little insulting to say that I should be treating Cabinet secretaries one way or another depending upon their gender.” Imagine a Republican Senator doing the same. The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro joked on Twitter

And so, it seems, judging by the silence from the Left who spent the entire day cheering Booker’s display, mansplaining is also alright in 2018, but only if the man is a Democrat and the woman is a Republican.

It’s a lot to keep track of and we’ve been told we shouldn’t even try, because that’s called whataboutism now.

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  1. Hypatia Inactive
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    The Left is always  so effing mean.

    In this instance, though, I have to ask whether they really think the White House physician, who administered a four hour exam and consulted with twelve specialists, omitted to take the pstient’s height and weight, something routinely done in even the the most cursory medical exam?

    As for the clever “girther” tag : can these Girthers produce a book authored by Trump where he himself said he was less that 6’3″ tall? Cuz as everybody knows, Buraq Hussein himself said he was born in Kenya, on the jacket of one of his books, when it suited his purposes.

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  2. Fred Houstan Member
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    It isn’t hypocrisy when the rhetoric is at the service of the people, I suppose.

    Way back, before I unfriended rabid lefty old acquaintances, one had freely joked about plugging the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with Sarah Palin’s body. Ha-ha, responded the woke Jacobins. Though neither a fan nor detractor of Ms. Palin, I responded; “This is disgusting.” to which I was merely met with hot and unyielding fury. My final pre-unfriended post; “Oh, it’s two minute’s hate time. I missed the call.”

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  3. Kate Braestrup Member
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    Hypatia (View Comment):
    The Left is always  so effing mean.

    yup

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  4. cdor Member
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    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):

    Hypatia (View Comment):
    The Left is always so effing mean.

    yup

    So smug in their self righteousness. They have no idea what they don’t know and just how vast is that sea.

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  5. Stad Coolidge
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    Bethany Mandel: Given how 2017 went, it was only to be expected that 2018 would get even more unhinged.

    This is why I’ve loaded up the beer cooler in the StadCave, so I can down a few while watching the media meltdown shows. Hey, have to watch something entertaining after the end of football season, right? That, and the Masters is a long ways off . . .

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  6. OkieSailor Member
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    cdor (View Comment):

    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):

    Hypatia (View Comment):
    The Left is always so effing mean.

    yup

    So smug in their self righteousness. They have no idea what they don’t know and just how vast is that sea.

    “They know so much that isn’t so.” RR

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAgURdLJobU

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  7. Z in MT Member
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    Bethany Mandel: I have long held that mansplaining is actually a thing that men do, and watching the clip of Senator Booker speaking with Secretary Nielsen, that’s indeed what it looked like.

    Can you “womansplain” “mansplaining” to me? I have recently been accused of this by my girlfriend for what I feel are innocuous statements. She is bothered by it enough to cause real friction between us, so I would like to know what to try and avoid.

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  8. Patrick McClure Coolidge
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    Z in MT (View Comment):

    Bethany Mandel: I have long held that mansplaining is actually a thing that men do, and watching the clip of Senator Booker speaking with Secretary Nielsen, that’s indeed what it looked like.

    Can you “womansplain” “mansplaining” to me? I have recently been accused of this by my girlfriend for what I feel are innocuous statements. She is bothered by it enough to cause real friction between us, so I would like to know what to try and avoid.

    As far as I can tell, mansplaining is when a man thinks someone misunderstands something, so he explains to them what they misunderstood. When a man does it to another man, the explainer is either helpful or a jerk. When a woman does it to a man, she is only being helpful, never a jerk. When a man does it to a woman, it is mansplaining. Not sure what to call it when a woman does it to another woman.

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  9. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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    I believe it was Brian Kilmead on Tucker last night who said, ‘The President passed his physical and the press demanded a recount,’

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  10. Umbra Fractus Inactive
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    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    As far as I can tell, mansplaining is when a man thinks someone misunderstands something, so he explains to them what they misunderstood. When a man does it to another man, the explainer is either helpful or a jerk. When a woman does it to a man, she is only being helpful, never a jerk. When a man does it to a woman, it is mansplaining. Not sure what to call it when a woman does it to another woman.

    Pretty much. Every time a man corrects a woman it’s mansplaining. Whether or not the man is right doesn’t matter.

    (That said, while I enjoy a good hoisting as much as the next guy, I’m disappointed to see the RNC getting in on this nonsense.)

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  11. Arizona Patriot Member
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    Bethany, I think that your heart is in the right place, but complaining about minor insults seems to be playing the Leftist game. What we really need is thicker skins, and a ” sticks and stones” mentality.

    Fat-shaming? Give me a break. I’m an old fat dude and I don’t care who says so. I regularly say so. 6 foot, 280, out of shape. Fat is the only word that fits. On second thought, obese fits too, but I prefer fat.

    Shaming a woman because of her looks? Well, some people seem to go out of their way to look ridiculous. I’m thinking of the green Mohawk types, though there are many variations. There’s something passive-aggressive about consciously making yourself look silly, and then complaining if others react accordingly.

    Of course, I wouldn’t normally act in such a rude fashion. But let’s not make mountains out of molehills.

    People need to grow up.

    And those kids need to get the heck off my lawn. :)

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  12. Arizona Patriot Member
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    Umbra Fractus (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    As far as I can tell, mansplaining is when a man thinks someone misunderstands something, so he explains to them what they misunderstood. When a man does it to another man, the explainer is either helpful or a jerk. When a woman does it to a man, she is only being helpful, never a jerk. When a man does it to a woman, it is mansplaining. Not sure what to call it when a woman does it to another woman.

    Pretty much. Every time a man corrects a woman it’s mansplaining. Whether or not the man is right doesn’t matter.

    (That said, while I enjoy a good hoisting as much as the next guy, I’m disappointed to see the RNC getting in on this nonsense.)

    I’m not sure. I think it may only be mansplaining when he is right, and she doesn’t want to admit it.

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  13. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
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    Mansplaining is situation where one person explains a subject in a very patronizing and condescending manner, often assuming the other party knows nothing about the subject or is flat out wrong. Men are more guilty of doing this, but I have been ‘mansplained’ by women (usually Lesbians now I think about it). I remember being told by one women that the Canadian Health Plan couldnt possibly have wait times as long as I, who was reading from a medical journal was stating.

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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    I think the Left judges whether or not something should be celebrated in terms of how it makes them feel. If it makes them feel bad, it must be bad. If it makes them feel good, it must be good. It doesn’t matter whether they contradict themselves, change their minds or make no sense. It’s all about feelings.

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  15. Hoyacon Member
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    Z in MT (View Comment):

    Bethany Mandel: I have long held that mansplaining is actually a thing that men do, and watching the clip of Senator Booker speaking with Secretary Nielsen, that’s indeed what it looked like.

    Can you “womansplain” “mansplaining” to me? I have recently been accused of this by my girlfriend for what I feel are innocuous statements. She is bothered by it enough to cause real friction between us, so I would like to know what to try and avoid.

    Can I intervene to make things worse? Don’t ever sound like you know more about a topic than a woman to whom you’re speaking, unless you really, really do. Then you’ll be fine.

    Of course, that’s mansplaining.

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