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  •  So this is feminist criticism: a (5+ / 0-)

    picture of a sow with suckling young ones and a reification of right-wing themes in the title.  I know this is meant to be ironic, but there's so much wrong with this line of attack.  

    It's easy to point out obvious hypocrisy, but how about doing it while deconstructing right-wing messaging?  How about a ringing defense of the positive good - or at least potential - of government instead of a rehash of "has her hand out for welfare"?  

    And use of a picture of a sow while criticizing a woman?  More irony?

    Teach us to listen to sounds larger than our own heartbeat; that endure longer than our own weeping in the dark. - Lillian Smith

    by RadioGirl on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 11:18:50 AM PDT

    •  The imagery of hogs at the trough or of (10+ / 0-)

      special interests suckling a sow is as old as the Republic.  It is visual shorthand.  And it's part of our political lingua franca.

      Just like the fat banker in top hat.

      "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile." Hunter S. Thompson

      by Keith930 on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 11:25:26 AM PDT

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      •  I don't think we get anywhere by (2+ / 0-)
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        reiying racist, sexist, right-wing imagery.  And in this case, the invocation of "welfare queen" with a sow and suckling young ones makes us no better than the Right.

        If I showed this as an example of cogent and biting progressive political analysis to people who don't agree with me politically but who also aren't arch right-wingers, I'd be booted out the door instantly.

        Teach us to listen to sounds larger than our own heartbeat; that endure longer than our own weeping in the dark. - Lillian Smith

        by RadioGirl on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 11:43:54 AM PDT

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