I stumbled across this today...
On Wednesday, we reported that Hustler magazine published a fake, explicit photo of conservative commentator S. E. Cupp in what they call the "Celebrity Gallery."In response to a tweet by Ms. Magazine's Robin Morgan, Green Party presidential candidate Roseanne Barr said defending conservative commentator S. E. Cupp "is more disgusting" than Hustler's explicit photo. "Larry Flynt and the editors of Hustler [have] the apparent IQs of inebriated gnats," Morgan tweeted Wednesday.Barr - who is running as a feminist candidate in the Green Party presidential primary - responded by saying "your defense of women who hate women is more disgusting than putting pics of penises in their mouths, excuse me!"Sandra Fluke and Planned Parenthood's political action committee have condemned the photo, but NOW has remained silent as Larry Flynt, the publisher of the magazine, defended it. (Article Here)
Ignoring the absurdity of Roseanne's comments, which I think speaks for itself, that NOW hasn't spoken up about this is unsurprising. NOW has proved itself to be an organization that prioritizes the left over women as a whole. In their mission statement, it says:
The purpose of NOW is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men...IN THE INTERESTS OF THE HUMAN DIGNITY OF WOMEN, we will protest, and endeavor to change, the false image of women now prevalent in the mass media, and in the texts, ceremonies, laws, and practices of our major social institutions.
It seems to me that an upcoming (and already very accomplished) commentator would have the support of an organization that wants equality and progress for women in this country, especially when the offense involves such a denigrating "false image." I would also think they'd support people like Sarah and Bristol Palin or Nikki Haley against relentless attacks over the past four years (see Bill Maher).
By ignoring the plight of conservative women in America, NOW demonstrates it is a partisan organization that is looking out for its own political interests rather than the interests of women. While I disagree with much of NOW's perspective, standing up for hard-working women against attacks based on gender seems like something almost anyone can get behind. When the organization fails to do this by putting politics above the "human dignity" of women, I think NOW reveals something crude about its organization and destroys its credibility.