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“Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud, hatch out.”

Commenter Boston Boomer brings this to our attention:

“…Did you all see the post over at Taylor Marsh on Linda Hirshman, a writer who was dumped from TPM, apparently because she wrote articles about women voters and their preferences? She wrote to ask why, and the end of the e-mail exchange was this:

“I’m not sure the accusation of bias is particularly helpful. For now, like I said, we’re focusing on getting our long-standing regulars and folks covering things we don’t on the blog. I recognize that you think female voters should be one of those things, we disagree.”

Unbelieveable!!”

Yes, but now we can see their agenda in the full light of day. We now know *what* they’re doing. They’re squelching our voices on the web. The question now is, why are they doing it? Do they think we are unimportant? Do they think that our numbers in the blogosphere are small enough that we can be safely ignored? Do they want Obama to win so badly that they are willing to suppress the voices of pro-Hillary females so they don’t get any traction at all? Are the advertising dollars just so good from Obama ads that they don’t want to piss off his campaign? Do they want to be partners with Olbermann and Co. and are targeting a male demographic? Are they completely in the bag for Dean’s 50 State Strategy? Is it some combination of all of the above? Questions, questions.

Well, one thing is for sure. We should all give a great big welcome to Linda Hirshman. Welcome to Progressive Blogosphere 2.0!!

So, where’s your new blog? 🙂

See Taylor Marsh for details…http://www.taylormarsh.com/

PS. If you would like to express your righteous indignation to Josh personally, he can be reached at talk@talkingpointsmemo.com. Of course, we do not recommnend profanity.

About Linda: Linda R. Hirshman retired as the Allen/Berenson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University. With almost no effort, she landed spot No. 77 on Bernard Goldberg’s 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. She is the author of Get to Work … And Get a Life Before It’s Too Late, and, recently, ” Sixteen Ways of Looking at A Female Voter,” (NYT Magazine, Sunday, February 3, 2008).

18 Responses

  1. Yeah, we women voters, particularly we middle-aged women voters who wore big shoulder pads in the 1980s when we were trying to get started in male-dominated professions, we don’t matter.

    Which is why TPM, formerly one of my favorite sites, will not be needing my traffic any more.

  2. riverdaughter– I spelled Linda H’s name wrong, sorry about that. Here is a blurb about her from the TM blog:

    Linda R. Hirshman retired as the Allen/Berenson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University. With almost no effort, she landed spot No. 77 on Bernard Goldberg’s 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. She is the author of Get to Work … And Get a Life Before It’s Too Late, and, recently, ” Sixteen Ways of Looking at A Female Voter,” (NYT Magazine, Sunday, February 3, 2008).

  3. Thanks, BB. I will correct.

  4. Litigatormom–

    I don’t get it. These guys think they can elect a president without women voters? We need to spread this stuff around. I’m starting to wonder how a self-respecting woman could even vote for Obama. This stuff is coming from the top. First it was the sexist dogwhistles from the Obama campaign, then the race baiting and twisting of what Bill Clinton said. Obama supporters are just taking their cue from the candidate. It’s sickening.

  5. Who do these guys think they are?

    I feel so lucky: my husband was listening to some group of male talkers on tv over the weekend and he said, “These guys sound like they’ve never worked for a woman before.” He (my husband) is a librarian so he’s worked with and for women all his life. To him (and me) Hillary is a natural leader.

    The shock to me is that so many of our “progressive” (HA!) bloggers have feet-of-clay. What my husband said of those TV-Talkers could just as truly be said of Josh & the gang.

    I don’t think we’ll ever see each other in the same way again.

  6. I don’t care about whatever Ms Hirshman writes. She used to teach at my alma matter and she’s taking on Josh and his TPM crew. That’s enough for me. She is right.

    *PS: Not to brag here but we also have Anita Hill. Looks like we have the smartest women.

  7. Katiebird: You’re husband is very astute. That is exactly my impression. Josh and the gang have never worked for females, they’ve spent their graduate school years sleeping with them but derided their accomplishments behind their backs. I’ve seen it all too often. It’s luck or a quota that gets women to the top. For men, it’s talent and hard work. It’s just the way it is. They can’t imagine it any other way. That’s why Pelosi got saddled with Steny. She’s just a figurehead to Steny’s gang.
    It’s time for it to end.

  8. “Time for it to end” — I think the ending is a by-product of this election season.

    I was watching This Week and Cokie said something about young women thinking they didn’t have to support Hillary. And she said (something like),

    They haven’t had the two big events in their lives — having children & hitting the glass ceiling. They’d know what having a woman president would mean if they’d been through that.

    And she looked straight at the guys.

    (I can’t remember her exact words) — I can’t remember the last time Cokie said something that made me feel so good.

    Just living through this election is revolutionary. If she wins it’ll be an explosion.

  9. I’ve moved on from being pissed at TPM, DK and the boys. I’m not mad at them anymore. I’ve moved from grief and disappointment to a feeling of freedom. I’ve been frequenting many blogs that are either run by women or very women friendly. I’m much more comfortable now.

    For the past 3-4 years, since right before the last presidential election really, the lefty blogs have been building an infrastructure to take on the right wing noise machine. I think that this election is going to do the same for women’s blogs.

  10. lisadawn82: That’s what happened to me! When I was voted off the DKos island, I had such a feeling of freedom. I wasn’t even angry about it. It was so liberating to not keep my writing to one stupid diary a day. Now I can do as many stupid diaries as I like and read blogs I never knew existed.

  11. lisadawn82– I feel the same way. I can’t believe how much I’ve been missing by hanging out mainly at dkos. I went over there yesterday to see if anyone was talking about the Wolcott post. They were a little bit, but generally it was boooorrrrringggg there. I’m still a TU, ha ha, I wonder how long it will take that to go away? Hey, I don’t care!! I’m free. I always disliked the sexism I saw there, especially from Markos himself. Now suddently that place is nothing to me.

  12. Well, considering most political blogs are for Obama this is good news:
    Poll: Most Americans don’t read political blogs
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080310/pl_nm/usa_politics_blogs_dc

  13. Over at talkleft, someone made a point about how “third wave” feminists don’t think of themselves as “permanent victims” like older feminists, and are therefore free to support Obama.

    She got some guff, to put it mildly. Anyone is free to support Obama, of course, but for one woman to dbelittle the generation of women who made the lives of “third wave” feminists possible — it makes me ANGRY.

  14. Interesting how older people are more likely to read blogs than younger. Somehow I’d have really thought the opposite was true.

  15. The left wing blogs have generally not been very comfortable for gays and lesbians for quite a while. McClurkin was when it first came into the open. But for quite a while there had been straight male bloggers telling us what was and was not important for gays. They would bring up DADT and DOMA whenever Hillary’s name came up. This had been going on for a long time. And they were quite puzzled when told that DADT was an improvement and that DOMA was not avoidable.

    FWIW, my experience has been that a really accurate gauge of how men understand feminism is their reaction to gay men. This is where the left guy is most likely to stumble.

    After their success in pushing gays and lesbians to the side they moved on to their next target.

  16. I saw that over at TM’s. Disgusting! Really disgusting. Not only are they afraid of Hillary but also female writers.

    RD– it’s the power, or something, in a female voice. Smart women=scary women.

    Bimbettes? (all swoony & stuff?) tres different.

    ps: looks like the O camp is desperate enough to plaster WordPress with 12 inch downloadable signs now. It just made me laugh.

    That post of Ghost Violet was great that you linked to. I felt the same way about Reagan that election. That might have been the first election I voted in too, now that I think of it.

    I guess it’ll take a few elections for young voters of the bamboozled kind to understand politics as they go…talk about duped, the first time out.

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  18. MABlue – Here’s another Deis grad!! We do get the best women; didn’t we have Ann Richards for a bit too??

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