Okay, I know almost nothing about Elena Kagan at this point, except what Jezebel told me. So this isn’t about politics. It’s about the fact that as soon as I saw her picture, I knew exactly what was coming: fat jokes.
A random sampling:
First Impressions: Kagan looks like a fat drag queen.
Yeash that Elena Kagan is another fat dychy type! Are there just endless fat, short haired woman in the Dem establishment?
no disrespect intended but man is Kagan is a fat, ugly bitch
Yeah, there are plenty more. By far the most popular is calling her a fat version of [dude], including Matthew Broderick, Kevin James, Chris Farley, and “Fat Bastard” from Austin Powers. Also, the data (i.e. me glancing at user pics) would suggest that most of the people spouting this crap are men. No better way to take a powerful woman down than call her fat, right?
Thanks for the people calling this out, for instance:
@shorterstory Come on, @theDailyBeast, why call your #Kagan roundup Big Fat Story except for frat boy smirking? http://bit.ly/daurQV #shameonyou
@SaraLibby Cringing at the first Kagan-is-fat joke to pop up on my Twitter feed.
All I know is, a male nominee would not have all of this knee-jerk patriarchal bullshit directed at them, and it pisses me off. What slams were made on John Roberts’s physical appearance? Yeah, right, none.
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