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Mar. 27th, 2009

01:23 pm - More like Ann Troll-ter, amirite?

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Lately I've been hearing people put down Ann Coulter by suggesting she's really male. Usually these jokes involve calling attention to her prominent Adam's apple, or casually referring to her as a "female impersonator" or using the pronoun "he".

I don't get it, though. Ann Coulter says hateful things, therefore she's a man? What's the insinuation here? That women can't be obnoxious, or aren't allowed to be outspoken? That must not be it, given all the outspoken women who've been called "bitches" but not "female impersonators". Is it just making fun of her appearance? Meh, you can do better than that. The problem with Ann Coulter is the things she says, not how prominently her throat bobs while saying it.

And the worst part of this kind of humor is, it's offensive to transgender people. Think of it from their point of view: It sounds like saying, "Ann Coulter is obnoxious and hateful, therefore she must be a TG." TGs have enough trouble getting accepted in society; this is not helping.

So, go ahead and insult Ann Coulter if you like. Suggest that she's not really human; maybe she's a robot programmed to spew intellectual garbage. But don't suggest she was born male; that's not cool, guys.

(BTW, doesn't "amirite" sound like a mineral name? I bet it's often found mingled with crystals of a related mineral, inorite.)

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From:q_pheevr
Date:March 27th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Well said!
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From:linnaeus
Date:March 27th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
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I agree with you. That being said, I think the reason for the focus on her appearance is that all of her book covers and publicity photos make a point of emphasizing her supposed good looks. Bill O'Reilly may not be particularly attractive man, though when people criticize him it is for what he says and does, rather than for that. I would be willing to bet that if all his books featured him in provocative poses wearing a little black dress*, the nature of some of the criticism leveled at him would change. Not saying I agree with this, or that its fair that if you are a conservative pundit and are a female, you need to sell yourself based on looks, but I think that's part of it.

All this being said, my favorite comment about her was in a Buffalo Beast article a few years back, which suggested that she is actually a collection of spiders and snakes writhing within a synthetic rubber "skin". Would explain a few things, actually.

*(or male equivalent)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:March 27th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I figure people say these things not to belittle men or TGs but to offend her with a personal untruth. Which would make more sense if they thought she was paying attention to them.

Perhaps they're driven to insult her appearance because so many conservatives thinks she looks good. It's that phenomenon of exaggerating your disapproval of something in reaction to others' approval.

Perhaps these people would like to be the verbal equivalent of editorial cartoonists, able to make any celebrity ugly to match their view of his or her personality. If so, there's something lost in translation.

"Amirite" sounds more like a Middle Eastern ethnicity to me.
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From:wbwolf
Date:March 27th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
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How about y'all compromise and make "Amirite" a Middle Eastern language... like Aramaic or Assyrian.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 27th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
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There's an angle I hadn't considered. She does dress "sexy" on her book covers and publicity shots, so by making fun of her appearance we're suggesting that conservatives have poor ideas about attractiveness, thus insinuating that they have poor ideas about other things.

Granted, I still think "she's a man" is the wrong way to go about that. To me, she looks more like an emaciated meth addict. :}
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From:penh
Date:March 28th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
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Somehow, she is actually thinner than her skeleton. Perhaps she's some sort of tesseract-based alien life form.
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From:orv
Date:March 27th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
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I suppose it's all relative. Compared to other conservatives, she does look pretty good. ;)
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From:dv_girl
Date:March 27th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Well. It sort of makes sense, you know. According to the hardcore reading of the bible, women are supposed to be seen and not heard. We're not supposed to preach or walk about with our heads uncovered and we are not supposed to challenge men. So if you want to take her bullshit to its logical extreme, she must not be female. Otherwise she's a sinful misleading horrible creature that's perverting God's word with her every action.

So.. Technically, on some level, it's MORE polite to call her a man than to call her a woman. Or... If you're not a complete rules weenie, then I'd say she's definitely a tool of the patriarchy so people calling her a man are referring to her as part of an oppressive system.

But that's enough of being a rules weenie for today. Personally, I've never liked calling people gender-biased names, like calling her a man, or calling a man a fag or bitch, cunt, whore, etc. They're just too dull and common. If one can't come up with a more specific insult to use against their foe, they really lack talent.

Coulter is a tough one though. I mean.. I can't call her a crazy homeless person who smokes too much crack because it'd be demeaning to crazy homeless people who smoke too much crack.

The only word I can think of which really fully describes her is 'irrelevant'. Alas, so many of my fellow beings seem unable to grasping that.

Anyhow... That's not an Adam's apple. It's a wattle. Most turkeys and vultures have them.

Or maybe she's a Visitor and her neck is just overstretched from swallowing too many puppies.


Or perhaps that lump is just all the lies she spews getting stuck in her craw.

You never know. It could be a facehugger that didn't implant deep enough. Keep watching and one day maybe it'll burst forth.


If it's true what they say, "You are what you eat.", perhaps she swallowed a yo-yo.

(I can keep this up all day)

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From:wbwolf
Date:March 27th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
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(I can keep this up all day)

I wish you would...
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From:dv_girl
Date:March 27th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
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I can make you not wish that. :)

The lump in her neck is the second coming... It was just really thick.

Mostly she uses that lump to neck-fuck Republicans who've had tracheostomies.

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From:orv
Date:March 27th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
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She doesn't seem to think women should have been given the vote, either. I think Republicans have some kind of congenital inability to perceive irony.
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From:doodlesthegreat
Date:March 27th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
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I prefer to call her and the other wingnut women like Michelle Malkin a bunch of sandy vaginas and offer them tampons and Midol. Then again, I've been calling the MEN among that group the same thing...
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From:just_the_ash
Date:March 28th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
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I have always felt this way and I'm glad to see someone else voicing it. Call her a nasty hatemonger, which she is, but to call her TG is to insult real transwomen, among many other things you point out. Part of assigning full personhood to women is to admit that yes, we are fully capable of being nasty, mean, and horrible human beings. (Protip: We also fart. I know, it's hard to think about.)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:March 28th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Back in college, I heard someone say, "Please tell me women do not go #2." The woman he asked rolled her eyes and confirmed it, to his great relief.
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From:just_the_ash
Date:March 28th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
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NO. OF COURSE WE DO NOT POOP. THAT HOLE IS JUST THERE FOR HETERO BUTTSECKS. *cannot decide whether to facepalm or headdesk, opts for headpalm*
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From:deckardcanine
Date:March 28th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Maybe he figured it was a behavior that went away with puberty.
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From:dv_girl
Date:March 30th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Some of the teen boys where I grew up apparently thought women had a cloaca. Girls were just smooth in the front. Everything came out one hole. Pee, poo, blood, babies.

Ah the knowledge one gained with a good christian upbringing.

You know, men also have fewer ribs than women because Adam gave up one of his to make Eve.

You'd like to think I'm making this up but I'm not.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 30th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Next time I see porn with a nude woman spreading and displaying herself, I'm going to imagine that she's saying, "See, this is what it looks like, guys." :}
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From:dv_girl
Date:March 30th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
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I dunno. If they're particularly astute, they might notice girls have _THREE_ holes down there and then their heads might explode.
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From:natashasoftpaw
Date:March 28th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
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Well said, thank you. This has been bugging me for awhile, on the few occasions I heard it, and it's not just her. I've never understood the need to bash people for attributes that are completely unrelated to what drove people to bash them in the first place.
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From:toonygal
Date:March 28th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
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I think it's just making fun of her appearance and nothing more, really. It's a pretty common thing to do to people you dislike. I mean, how many times was Bush's appearance compared to a monkey? Same thing.
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From:toonygal
Date:March 28th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
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Also could be that since she's clearly an enemy of women, people are finding it hard to believe that she could actually be one herself.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 28th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
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Yeah, but it's not like there are monkey people walking among us to take offense at this slur against the Monkey Community.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:March 28th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
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TWYT (That's What You Think).
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 28th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
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All I'm saying is that some people are sick of that particular joke.
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From:nefaria
Date:March 28th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
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If I don't like someone's politics, I criticize their politics, not their appearance.
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From:octan
Date:March 28th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it's like accusing homophobes of being secretly gay. I've always got the impression people who do that don't really believe it (or subscribe to a really weird school of psychology) and are just saying it because they know it'll get a bigger reaction than anything else they could say. But in the end, they're still calling a person gay as an insult.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 28th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, although that does seem to be based on a grain of truth. For example, remember Larry Craig and his "wide stance"? And Ted Haggard? (That guy is creepy-looking. *shudder*)
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