Monday, January 05, 2009

The things I miss, living where I do

I know of Ann Coulter, but I've never actually seen her on TV or read anything she's written. But I know her by reputation and she, apparently, has a thing or two to say about me.

And my kids.

Shakesville's Paul the Spud cites a Media Matters post that runs down a few of the more charming passages in Coulter's upcoming book.

Most intriguing to me, of course, was the fact that choosing to leave a relationship that wasn't working did not, in fact, result (as I believed) in me being happier with myself and my life, and consequently being a better parent to my kids (among other things).

Not at all.

Coulter calls children whose parents divorce "future strippers" in a chapter titled "Victim of a Crime? Thank a Single Mother":
"In any event, divorced mothers should be called "divorced mothers," not "single mothers." We also have a term for the youngsters involved: "the children of divorce," or as I call them, "future strippers." It is a mark of how attractive it is to be a phony victim that divorcées will often claim to belong to the more disreputable category of "single mothers."* [Page 36]
Later in the chapter, Coulter writes: "Single motherhood is like a farm team for future criminals and social outcasts." [Page 38]

Apparently, it was all about career advancement for the girls.

It's a perplexing world, where a book such as this (if you liked the single mother bit, you should see the excerpt on which Democratic presidential candidate was the biggest pussy -- to say nothing of the Nazi parts*** -- it's all really rather stunning) is destined to become a New York Times Bestseller, rather than (well, okay - perhaps in addition to) garnering the ridicule it deserves, or simply being dismissed out of hand by, one would have assumed, most rational adults.

* So the simple, factual term "single mother" is disreputable. Bummer. I guess I could switch to "divorced mother whose children Ann Coulter has determined are to become strippers** and/or criminals"...but that's so very cumbersome.

** I suppose any discussion of "stripper" as a potentially legitimate and profitable profession is a bit beyond the scope of this post.

*** There's actually a passage reverse-conflating**** Nazi Germany and the writers of Murphy Brown. I kid you not.

**** Presumably to nullify Godwin's law by preemptively assuming that the other side will be making the Nazi comparison...I have to admit, I got a little lost at the end there.

10 comments:

gabriella January 05, 2009 7:35 PM  

If you gain enough weight, you could become a 'double mother'.

What the h%%% does 'single mother' actually really mean? The English language takes another hit.

Ann Coulter is a prune dressed up in pantyhose.

Lisa January 06, 2009 11:39 AM  

Coulter should consider getting married and having kids so she can show us all how it's supposed to be done since she claims expertise on this matter.

Her faux-sociological assumptions are beyond ridiculous.

Brave Sir Robin January 06, 2009 12:16 PM  

So, what does that make me?

Lisa - Coulter should consider getting married and having kids so she can show us all how it's supposed to be done since she claims expertise on this matter.

Mr. Ed died a few years back, who would marry her?

Jennifer January 06, 2009 1:05 PM  

So, what does that make me?

Well, inasmuch as being of the male persuasion and also raising children wasn't even supposed to be possible, I'm no longer certain that you exist. I'll miss you!


(An aside to any and all: I'm objecting to what she says - how she looks is as much her own business as how I look is my own.)

pidomon January 06, 2009 6:31 PM  

well if it is any comfort the only reason her books make any best seller list is because of bulk sales to wingnut welfare organizations.

not sure I could get out of bed if I thought us normal people were paying to read the drivel she spits out

gabriella January 06, 2009 8:24 PM  

Prune in pantyhose is symbolic, clearly. She certainly doesn't actually look like that. She has a personal quality (erm, whatever) like that.

I raised my two kids from ages 25 months and 3 months without their biological male 'parent'. They've both managed to obtain university degrees and are assets to the community. Neither, to my knowledge, has ever stripped as a means of 'earning a living' nor have they been charged or convicted of any crime.

Maybe my situation is unique and not worthy of mention but I doubt that is the case.

Why doesn't Coulter attack men like my ex? He hasn't seen his children since the day he decided he didn't want to bother being a parent anymore. How come women like me are the disreputable ones?

Why waste time or pay attention to twits like her?

Jennifer January 06, 2009 8:51 PM  

Why waste time or pay attention to twits like her?

Yup. I think that's probably the best policy.

So are you Gabriella as in Gabi, as in my once-anonymous G? My how you've grown ;)

The Cunning Runt January 07, 2009 9:55 PM  

Annie is perhaps the biggest douche-baguette on the planet, and knows it. She's a garish caricature of The Reicht, and is purposely as offensive to Thinking People as she can manage to be.

Really, she's quite excellent at it.

And as a person with a hideously overgrown Funny-Bone, I'd think she was a HOOT... except that she has a HUGE readership/followership which interprets her whacko rants as explicit permission to take the next step, which is to "take down" us "commie-pinko fags."

Seriously, I've read their diatribes on how glad they are to have a Second Amendment and a closet full of guns, so they can "clean up that garbage [i.e. fags and lefties]" as soon as they get the Green Light (presumably from an American political leader in a time of crisis.)

I laugh at her, but I don't take her lightly; she's not a hair short of dangerous.

Bob January 07, 2009 10:06 PM  

What Ralph said. :(

quakerdave January 10, 2009 8:40 PM  

"Why waste time or pay attention to twits like her?"

Because when well-paid people like her, who have an audience (whether we like it or not, they do) say stupid, hurtful, mean-spirited, and just plain WRONG things, good people need to speak up and shout them down.

There's no "having a dialogue" with some people. Sometimes you just have to drown them out. Not very Quakerly of me, but there it is.

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