Misogynist SoupSorry but Not Really and Is Bill O'Reilly Senile?Cézanne Colvin

To make this week’s Misogynist Soup, you will need the following ingredients:

  • The California Milk Processor Board (which you should have lying around from last week).
  • Bill O’Reilly.
  • Esquire Magazine.

THE BROTH


“Oh, we’re so c-c-c-c-controversial.”
Photo via Craftzine.

Singing a slightly different tune than last week, the California Milk Processor Board hit the brakes on its controversial campaign and swapped EverythingIDoIsWrong.org for GotDiscussion.org, a website that actually seems to tout its infamy.

The new website offers a Twitter hashtag and link to their Facebook for visitors to speak their minds and selected praise and criticism of the campaign below a truly heartfelt apology: “Over the past couple of weeks, regrettably, some people found our campaign about milk and PMS to be outrageous and misguided — and we apologize to those we offended. Other thought it was funny and educational,” the apology reads. “It has opened up a topic that affects women, of course, but also relationships.” Touching.

Or, man, our Facebook is even more popular now and our position hasn’t changed. Also, sorry we offended you or whatever but anywaysies – head on over to our discussion page to talk about how your period affects your boyfriend.

Jeff Goodby, co-chairman of the board’s advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, noted the campaign’s attention: “After three days, this thing was off the hook.”

Be that as it may, they certainly are not.

Sources: The New York Times, Got Discussion?.

THE MEAT


“Can you give me a minute? My misogyny is showing.”
Photo via The Washington Note.

Long-time master of insight and advocate of ignorance Bill O’Reilly remarked on his show, The O’Reilly Factor, that “many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex. They’re not going to use birth control anyway.” God love him.

If women are “blasted out of their minds” when having sex, they lack the ability to give informed consent, so, Bill, that means they’re being raped. Care to rephrase?

If women are having heterosexual sex where pregnancy is a risk, why does the entirety of the responsibility fall upon them to provide contraception?

If women aren’t using birth control, do you think the fact that continuously defunding their means to obtain it might play a small role?

Lastly, with a sweeping statement like “many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex”, would you mind showing your work? APA format will suffice and though “my brain” may prove as an adequate informant when preaching sexist nonsense on your show, it doesn’t count as a source.

Source: The O’Reilly Factor (see a clip here).

THE TOPPING


@Esquiremag We think: you need to can your social media expert.
Photo via Iron Carmon.

A few months after former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of forcing a hotel maid to perform oral sex, Esquire Magazine ran to Twitter to promote fellatio-receiving advice via a topical sexual assault jab.

As The Frisky pointed out, isn’t any oral sex “better” than non-consensual oral sex?

Does Esquire, which describes itself as being “edited for the intellectually curious and confident modern man”, really believe that trying to poke fun at women being violated is appropriate material for self-assured intelligentsia? Perhaps they should do the “intellectually curious” thing and look into the definition of tact.

Instead, they removed the tweet and responded with the increasingly trendy non-apology: “Sometimes our sense of humor doesn’t come out the way we intend. Sorry if an earlier tweet offended anyone.”

I’m beyond searching for signs of humanity in some people, but doesn’t anyone hire a decent PR firm anymore? What I gathered from the tweet wasn’t rape is serious and never funny or even we’re really sorry, but rather, “Sorry if you were offended that we didn’t adequately frame our hilarious rape joke! LYLAS!”

Source: The Frisky, Esquire [NSFW].

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients and bring them to a boil, much like my blood pressure is at the moment. You’ll know it’s done when it tastes like misogyny with a hint of “please tell me this isn’t real life.” Enjoy!

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  1. Thanks for writing this, Cézanne. I have to believe intelligence will trump stupidity in the end…

  2. I reblog just about everything that you write. You have a way of summing it all up succinctly and fairly. I reblog it because I know I tend to just rant, whereas your blogs are thoughtful and to the point.

  3. i adore your style of writing.

    (also the person who said “blur coffee & tv” – they’re referring to the “coffee & tv” music video by blur – it has a cute ‘lil milk carton in it like the first image in this article)

    • Thank you very much! And thanks for the tip — I just watched the video and now feel very in the know.

      Filleosophy | 7/26/2011 02:07 pm
  4. I loved the article. I wish these people would realize that they have a responsibility to all of their consumers, viewers or readers to showcase their products or image in a way that is informative and equal to everyone. I think for the most part tact and class are shown, and then there are these cases that just slap that in the face. Again, great article.

  5. I was just in San Francisco and saw those milk ads all the over the place. So dumb. Also, I wrote an entire blog post on ridiculous things said in Esquire. Everyone I know says it’s a classy magazine, but I can’t understand why they think that. Featuring some well-written articles doesn’t make up for a whole magazine full of misogynistic and metrosexual blurbs.

  6. lylas is right.

  7. This column makes me angry, but in the best way. I’m so glad it’s here on this website. Yet, I’m so sad that stupidity like this actually exists. But, why am I not surprised?

  8. I can only hope that Bill O’Reilly comes back in his next life as a minority woman, and learns the true meaning of his misogyny.

  9. bluuuur coffee and tv

  10. Amen! You tell em!

  11. You are so whip smart – I love this column but it makes my blood boil, too! Keep up the great writing.