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Steve James wrote:Calling a woman a slut --for her opinion as a public person-- isn't quite the same as criticism, in my book. And, yeah, I guess it's kind of a chivalry thing. But, fwiw, if somebody said such about my wife, daughter or mom because of a political position they took, I think it'd be worth a punch in his face. Can't explain it if ya don't understand. Maybe I'm old school; but, I know a few old-fashioned guys who'd take a beatin' for that. Ymmv.
Why would or should it be any different in a public aural-oral discourse, than for a written one? Ad hominem attacks are a low form of behavior.
Maher has called Palin a “dumb twat” and dropped the C-word in describing the former Alaska governor. He called Palin and Congresswoman Bachmann “boobs” and “two bimbos.” He said of the former vice-presidential candidate, “She is not a mean girl. She is a crazy girl with mean ideas.” He recently made a joke about Rick Santorum’s wife using a vibrator.
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