Well, we’ve talked about Malia Obama, we may as well talk about Meghan McCain! Thanks to Eliza for sending me this link; the controversy has also been covered by Lesley at Fatshionista and Rachel at The F Word.
The backstory to this is that Meghan McCain, daughter of Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, recently posted to her blog on The Daily Beast with some disparaging comments about Ann Coulter, and how McCain believes Coulter is harming the Republican party… McCain’s post led to her being a guest on the Rachel Maddow show last week. Which, subsequently, led Republican radio-show host Laura Ingraham to mock McCain on her show, not for being wrong or stupid or a plague on the Republican party, but for being – wait for it – “plus-sized”.
Rachel quoting McCain:
The question remains: Why, after all this time and all the progress feminists have made, is weight still such an issue? And in Laura’s case, why in the world would a woman raise it? Today, taking shots at a woman’s weight has become one of the last frontiers in socially accepted prejudice.
At this point, I have more respect for Ann Coulter than I do for Laura Ingraham because at least Coulter didn’t come back at me with heartless, substance-less attacks about my weight. All I can do is try to be a positive role model for women of my generation and, I hope, help show that no matter what industry you are in, what size you are has nothing to do with your worth.
CNN quoting McCain:
What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics and I want to have a political discussion about the ideological future of the Republican Party, and the answer is, ‘She’s fat, she shouldn’t have an opinion.’ What kind of message are we sending young women? It infuriates me,” she said.
Well hooray for Meghan McCain; her response may not be perfect, but at least she’s infuriated. And in a world where being fat never got in the way of Rush Limbaugh being allowed to speak his mind and being hailed as an inon of the Republican party in the process, it’s perhaps not the fatism here that bothers me as much as the blatant sexism.
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