Grow the fuck up
I had a guy suggest in e-mail that I misstepped in calling Ann Coulter a "bitch."
Come on, you destroyed your point with the needlessly provocative and sexist title...By attacking her for being a woman, which is what using the word bitch does, you are undermining your argument and empowering her to claim victimhood status.First, I don't think this argument is even possible. Attacking Ann Coulter for being a woman is like attacking a lamppost for being and ocelot.
Second, I'm pretty sure that Ann didn't need me to "empower her" to talk a bunch of shit. Nor did she need me to "provoke" her. Jeebus.
Third, fuck that.
She is a bitch. Period. I don't give a damn whether you like the word or not, but I'm a fan of the old school (non-racial, non-genitalia-based) classics.
(I appreciate the rhetoric lesson that a single word can "destroy" an argument, by the way, I'll keep that in mind the next time I'm arguing with other delicate flowers whose brains shut down for fear they've offended. If "bitch" was meant for anyone, it was meant for Coulter.)
It pisses me off that liberals are supposed to tiptoe around all the time. Tiptoeing around is exactly what has been wrong with lefties for too damn long. I'm not saying that saying everyone has to go around saying bitch bitch bitch, but you can't just let these people keep throwing shit at you and think they'll go away. I've gotten several e-mails saying that I shouldn't give her the satisfaction. The satisfaction! That's what the geeky guy in the high school movie says when he gets his underwear pulled halfway up his back! "I won't give you the satisfaction of a comment, sir." Whether he's right or not, he comes off as (here comes another one) a pussy. That's the last thing we need, people.
That's why my conservative friends think they can win arguments by saying that I'm not being very "tolerant" when I point out that Pat Robertson is a whack job or that homeschooling seems often to be performed by frightening, anti-Christian-but-calling-themselves-Christian automatons.
Look, I'm probably one of a small number of Kansas boys from the middle of the state to have called himself a feminist in print and just maybe I've hung out in a different crowd, but the men and women I hang out with don't really think twice about "bitch." Yeah, we're prone to rude jokes and the suggestion that whomever we're talking to is gay, but that guy's likely to play it off. Are we anti-gay? You may want to claim so, but dammit all to hell if I haven't donated my time to Topeka's Equal Justice Coalition. We are, in other words, politically incorrect. Sure, there are words that are not only off limits but never even pop into our heads, but bitch? It's a fluffy bunny of a curse word.
Do I protest too much? Maybe, but this is not the time for ear-covering children. If we should have learned anything from Jack Murtha, it's that we need to start calling things like we see them. He saw chickenhawks and said "I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done." We could have said that all along, veteran or not, because they ignored Shinseki and others. Instead we caved and lost and I blame that bullshit, whiny, better-to-be-silent-than-offend attitude and the idea that these people are just going to go away if we ignore them.
Call me what you will, but if I feel "bitch," I'll say "bitch."