Is anyone else weirded out by the homo/transphobic tenor expressed in the reaction to smirkbot Ann Coulter’s having called John Edwards a “faggot”?
I don’t mean the wingnut reaction, I mean the supposedly liberal reaction. And I don’t mean the “official” liberal reaction, but the populist Internetian (rhymes with Venetian) reaction  . OK, I mean the comments at the above-linked blurb at ThinkProgress (see also Wonkette).
But forget about Coulter for a second. Consider that we do not inhabit, as I had briefly fantasized earlier this morning, a world superintended by a passionate altruistic Cosmic Enthusiasm. No, ours is a world in which human interaction is so heavily policed by the megatheocorporatocracy that calling someone a faggot is still considered the worst insult ever. It is considered an insult, even by progressives, because homophobia — and by extension, transphobia — is in point of fact a species of misogyny. And everybody’s a misogynist. Watch TV for five minutes if you don’t believe me.
True, it doesn’t take a taco-eating spinster aunt to grasp that homophobia is the inevitable product of woman-hating; duller minds than mine have made the connection between penetration and domination. I mention this only as a backdrop to today’s patriarchy-spotting binge.
So back to Coulter. Or rather, back to the responses to Coulter in the ThinkProgress comments:
“tranny + skank = trank?”
“That Coulter guy sure is an ugly dude.”
“Gad Le Skank grows ever more hideous, like the Picture of Dorian Gray. It’s enough to turn any hetero guy gay. Inner ugliness will out.”
“I ‘ read’ her as a tranny the very first time I saw a photo of her. It is that obvious. And trannies ARE faggots, theyâ€™re gayer than gay. So whoâ€™s the faggot now?”
Et cetera. At present the ThinkProgress post has accrued 500 or so comments just like these.
Of course Coulter — a maggot chewing on the rotting corpse of human enlightenment — pretty much cries out for lefty derision. Sadly, because such a large percentage of the dudes who vituperate on political blogs are 22, in a case like this one rather expects juvenile ad hominem attacks, more or less out the wazoo. But what really puts my entrails in a knot is that the most offensive invective these bright young minds can contrive springs universally, not just from misogyny, but from what can only be construed as a depraved delight in misogyny.
Seasoned blamers won’t really require a feminist explication of the quoted bigotry, but in case there are any novices in the house:
â€¢ A “skank” is a woman who lets more than one man fuck her, and who is therefore dirty and degraded. Conveniently, the moral status of the supposed legions of dudes who do the actual fucking is never in question.
â€¢ “Tranny”: Straight dudes must automatically revile any rejection of megatheocorporatocratic virility. If they don’t, their whole identity as confident dominators and possessors is thrown into question. And even though straight dudes require cisgendered women to fake it up with boob jobs and makeup, they can’t conceive of a less dignified creature than a fake woman.
â€¢ An “ugly” woman is similarly an execrable object, since a woman’s value is entirely a function of her hotness.
â€¢ The asshole who alludes without apparent irony to a novel by a gay man is pretty funny with his little joke that female ugliness has the destructive power to transform a normal guy into a despised homo.
â€¢ The fourth guy hates Coulter so much that he calls her a faggot; despite the fact that he has just done the very thing he’s calling her out on, the siren call of his contempt for queers is just too much for him to resist.
What does all this reveal? That these arrogant, stupid pricks have been flawlessly assimilated by the patriarchal Borg, which views anything that isn’t a replication of its ideal self, i.e. straight and male, as deviant. Women — along with their poor relations, the transsexuals and the homos — are the lowest form of life imaginable. Liberal dudes might pretend that being gay is OK for somebody else, but don’t be mistaking them personally for somebody who takes it like a bitch. Liberals hate women — and queers — as much as the next oppressive class of assholes. And Ann Coulter’s just an excuse to let’er rip with impunity.
1. I do not juxtapose the words “populist” and “internet” with a straight face. Currently, roughly 5.9 billion citizens of the world — that’s almost 90% — are without internet access. I arrive at this figure by subtracting the estimated number of worldwide internet users (694 million) from the estimated total global population (6.69 billion).