If you do any wandering through the political blogs, no doubt by now you have heard of the furor around John Edwards appointment of a couple of political bloggers to his campaign staff.
The bloggers are Amanda Marcotte, of Pandagon; and Melissa McEwan, of Shakespeares Sister. Both women are — to put it mildly — vulgar, obscene, and profane.
This should be no surprise. I have noted for some time that certain areas of Blogworld seem to equate ‘edgy’ with the use of Ye Infamous F-bomb, especially if you can cutely mis-spell the word by swapping the middle two letters.
If quantity is your indication of ‘edgy’, then these two ladies are definitely on the high-speed/low-drag side of ‘edginess’.
I’m not sure about Ms. McEwan — I’m not getting paid to wade through cyber-space cuss matches — but from the little research I did into Ms. Marcotte’s postings it seems that the lass has a major case of the hips RE: organized religion (especially the Catholic Church), men (especially the accused Duke lacrosse players) and “The Patriarchy”.
That would be white men from the South, near as I can tell.
As an example, allow me to post a brief bit of whimsy from Ms. Marcotte:
“Q: What if Mary had taken Plan B* after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?
A: You’d have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology.”
I’m not sure — is that a trifecta of insults, or just a twofer?
As one might imagine, some folks took a bit of umbrage at people with this kind of world-view being attached to what seems to be a major Presidential bid.
To be fair, it should be noted that both ladies wrote the controversial things before being hired on to the Edwards campaign staff; and that neither one of them have said anything controversial since being affiliated with Edwards.
Of course, in the spirit of fairness, it should also be noted that both ladies have been official Edwards Campaign Staff for less than a week.
Edwards issued a press release stating that he was “personally offended” by some of the comments made by each blogger, and that “intolerant language” would not be permitted in his campaign.
He went on to further state that he didn’t believe that the two ladies actually intended to malign anyone’s faith. A sentiment echoed in the not-quite-apologies issued by the ladies involved.
As a cynical observer of the human condition, I have to ask a simple question:
If the targets of the profane ire of Ms. Marcotte and Ms. McEwan had been Islam; or Buddhism; or Wicca — instead of Christianity — would they have been let off with a warning, or would they be looking for new jobs right now?
If they had targeted black male Patriarchy or black male misogyny with the same gusto as they devoted to white males — would a simple apology be enough?
We’ll never learn the answer to that.
But we can guess.
*Plan B is the shelf name for the “morning after pill” contraceptive