I think hell may have officially frozen over.
“Today the tabloid website Gawker published an anonymous piece titled “I Had A One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell” that takes the routine sexual degradation of women candidates to a disgusting new low. NOW repudiates Gawker’s decision to run this piece. It operates as public sexual harassment. And like all sexual harassment, it targets not only O’Donnell, but all women contemplating stepping into the public sphere,” O’Neill said.
NOW has endorsed O’Donnell’s opponent Chris Coons in the Delaware race, and said it disagrees with O’Donnell’s political views.
“That does not mean it’s acceptable to use slut-shaming against her, or any woman,” O’Neill said. “Let me be honest: I look forward to seeing Christine O’Donnell defeated at the polls, but this kind of sexist attack is an affront to all women, and I won’t stand for it.”
The National Organization for Women has consistently and brazenly not only ignored, but actually encouraged, this kind of abuse toward conservative women — most recently endorsing Jerry Brown just hours after his Meg Whitman “whore”-calling debacle. They would never have allowed treatment like this against a female democrat, and it’s both an enormous shock and a relief to finally hear them defend one of ours.
Not counting on it becoming a trend, but I’ll surely give credit where it’s due.