Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hustler Photoshops A Penis In Conservative Commentators Mouth

Okay, for the sake of consistency, I am going to talk about the picture below.

That is a photoshopped image of conservative columnist S.E. Cup with a penis in her mouth, which was published by Hustler magazine. 

Under the headline “Celebrity Fantasy,” the text beside the picture asks, “What would S.E. Cupp look like with a dick in her mouth?”
S.E. Cupp is a lovely young lady who read too much Ayn Rand in high school and ended up joining the dark side. Cupp, an author and media commentator who often shows up on Fox News programs, is undeniably cute. But her hotness is diminished when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the method pictured here is Ms. Cupp’s suggestion for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.
Hustler printed a disclaimer beneath the image saying,  “No such picture of S.E. Cupp actually exists. This composite fantasy is altered from the original for our imagination, does not depict reality, and is not to be taken seriously for any purpose.”


I first heard about this while watching The View this morning.  Elisabeth said that she had called NOW and was not given a response.  For her part, Cupp clearly believes that her conservative beliefs are behind the silence of women' organizations.   She may well be right; however, I find this statement interesting coming from a woman who is not only pro birth and advocates limiting women's reproductive freedom, but is a regular guest on Faux News, whenever they need a female sell out.   Cupp doesn't exactly spend her time advocating for the betterment of women, but yet she expects these organizations to use their precious resources and run to her defense.

For his part, Flint released a statement which said, “that’s satire. I’m able to publish this because of the Supreme Court case I won in 1984, Flynt v. Falwell.”

No matter what Cupp advocates, this picture is not satire; it is misogynistic.  Deciding that you can just stick a dick in a woman's mouth if you disagree with her speech, reduces all women.  If Hustler meant this to be political commentary, it fails because it suggests that when a woman refuses to adhere to a point of view, that a man has the right to silence her.  Flynt is well aware that there will be no legal repercussions from this and on The View, Cupp made it clear that though she is upset, she probably won't be suing.

I wholeheartedly disagree with everything Cupp advocates, but I don't believe that any woman should be treated the way that she was by Hustler.  I am however irritated with both her and Elisabeth Hasselbeck commenting on the lack of discussion.  To be fair, Cupp has already gotten more attention than she would have had she been a WOC, disabled, Trans* etc,. The issues of marginalized women are commonly ignored in the media and by so-called women's organizations unless they can push an agenda. Only speaking up about sexism when it involves you, or someone like you reeks of a sense of entitlement to me. So in short, Hustler was wrong, and neither Culp or Hasselbeck should be surprised when chickens come home to roost, since they spend so much time empowering this kind of thought process.