Someone should make a bumper sticker that reads So many douchebags, so little time. I'd buy it. Every week when the Douchebag Decree comes around, there are too many douches and it's almost impossible to determine who deserves the honor most. This week, we have two very strong contenders, which is why we need YOU to vote for your (least) favorite in a DOUCHEBAG SHOWDOWN. Two douches enter, one douche leaves!
In one corner: Erick "Ugly feminists return to their kitchens" Erickson! The fightin' feminist-hater!
In the other corner: Margaret "Blogs are a guy thing" Wente! The super cybersexist!
Ladies and gentlemen, place yer bets! Here's some more info to help you decide, once and for all, which douche reigns supreme!
This Redstate.com editor in chief has just been hired as a CNN news contributor. He tea parties! He makes jokes about Obama only receiving the Nobel Prize because of "affirmative action"! And he tweets. Oh, does he tweet. Behold (via Alternet):
Here's Erickson (@ewerickson on Twitter) on SuperBowl Sunday, upon finally viewing the much-anticipated Focus on the Family ad featuring Tim Tebow.
That last one is less vile than simply nonsensical, of course, but given that it was the Superbowl, my guess is that he'd had a few beers, hence the total lack of misogynist filter.
Then again, maybe not.
The next day:
Oh Erickson. Are you honestly going to be a part of "the most trusted name in news"? And do you really think a joke about feminists performing "post-birth abortions" is going to get laughs? GET IT? BECAUSE FEMINISTS CARE ABOUT A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE, WHICH ALSO MEANS THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM MURDERING SOMEONE WHO TWEETS SOMETHING THEY DON'T LIKE!
Erickson is clearly childish, ill-informed, and a straight-up douche. Also, he is living proof that have two nearly identical names doesn't increase your credibility (there go my plans to change my name to Wally Wallace). CNN, please fire this douchenozzle before he goes on the air and spews his racist, sexist, extremist bullshit all over the place.
In an article in yesterday's Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente responds to the people who have asked her why she doesn't blog. Her answer?
The answer is pretty much the same as why I don't get a souped-up snowmobile and drive it straight up a mountain at 120 kilometres an hour into a well-known avalanche zone. It's more of a guy thing.
The gist of Wente's piece is that blogs are strictly dude territory, because the opinion-driven nature of blogging is akin to "peeing contests." Since women rarely hold peeing contests, apparently we can't blog, either. Wente qualifies her argument by saying that sure, women can form opinions, we just don't want to. We'd rather leave that up to the snowmobiling, pee-contest having men. As a female blogger with a buttload of opinions, clearly I beg to differ. I bet many of you do too.
After saying that she used to be shy but now she loves socializing at dinner parties (Yay for dinner parties! We women don't belong in the blogosphere, but we'll always have dinner parties!), Wente concludes her piece,
But blogging? No way. That's guy stuff. And they are welcome to it.
If this isn't ridiculous essentialism, I don't know what is (and yes, Wente is very likely pulling a sexist media stunt here, but my opinionated nature compels me to call her out on it. In the blogosphere, no less).
Wente might think men are welcome to rule the realm of blogs, but I'd like to officially welcome women to blogging (not that you women bloggers need my permission, you opinionated ladies, you). Women, you are welcome to it. And you, Wente, are asking for it.
It's time to vote. Who deserves this week's Douchebag Decree? The contender who thinks feminists should go back to the kitchen because we're too ugly to date? Or the one who thinks women should stay out of the blogosphere because we have no experience with peeing contests? Both of these douches are trying to tell women what we should and shouldn't do, but only one of them can win the coveted DOUCHEBAG DECREE. Who will it be?