Have you noticed something interesting about this new crop of Republican female politicians? Of course you have. They’re all sexy but untouchable, like a little army of Barbie dolls with Bibles. , , , Christine O’Donnell, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, , Michele Bachmann… drop-dead gorgeous, every one of them. But it’s not just their looks; they also share a fascinating aura of suppressed but seething sexuality. (Hey, that last phrase is fun to read aloud, isn’t it? But afterward you need to wipe your monitor screen…) There’s a suggestion of a feisty world of fun under the neatly buttoned suit… but not for you, Sparky. Not for you. You’re just not pure enough. If you were, maybe YOU could be the one to free Christine O’Donnell from the cold shackles of virginity… but alas, you can only dream.
Republican men are inexplicably turned on by this overtly demeaning, “look-but-don’t touch” message, this “she’s hot, but too virtuous for the likes of you” kind of insinuation. It more or less embodies their under-evolved view of women. The socially conservative Republican male views women not as serious peers and colleagues, but as shiny sparkly playthings. Why they also want their politicians to be legislative eye candy is mystifying… but it’s true. Don’t believe me? You should spend some quality time amongst the Freepers. Whenever a right-wing female pol or pundit is mentioned in a thread, they enforce “The Rule.” This “rule” demands that if you mention one of these women, you must also post photos of her. Then everybody gets to post their favorite photo, and soon there’s a whole gallery of political pulchritude spread across the page. I’m used to it now but when I first saw it, I could hardly believe it. Imagine that happening at a left-wing site. Well, you can’t, it’s unimaginable.
Also, it’s hard to imagine Sarah Palin having the same following if she gained fifty pounds and developed a skin condition. In fact, I can’t picture the Tea Party getting all excited about any female politician who doesn’t combine these three elements of physical good looks, rich sexual promise and overt religiosity. They just can’t, because with social conservatives, at some level, it’s always, always, all about sex. Every policy they fight hard for, every issue they go to the mat for (sorry) has some element of elevating male power, objectifying female attractiveness, and controlling sexual expression. No wonder all the politicians I mentioned have huge gender variations in their approval ratings, running 12 to 20% more positive among men than women.
Am I wrong, righties? Prove it. Tell me about a physically unattractive but coldly competent female politician or pundit whom you personally admire. Oh, and doesn’t count. That lady has always been in a league of her own.