I thought, though The Interview might turn out to be an obnoxious, pro-CIA movie, once the movie screenings were threatened with violence, every movie theater should show it simultaneously as an act of solidarity. So, I was with Maher as he protested against Sony's decision to pull the film, but then he went there.
Here's what I tweeted in response:
@billmaher I started to agree with you, and then you went full frontal misogynist with your #PussyNation hashtag.
@billmaher Re: #PussyNation: Equating corporate cowardice with a part of women's anatomy reinforces women-hating. #TheInterview #HeForShe
Interestingly, Maher's use of a misogynist epithet echoes too much of the "liberal" opposition in Russia. Some liberal Russian dissidents use homophobic insults in misguided attempts to respond to Putin's "Man on Horseback" macho-militarist propaganda. (Please see my last diary
about the new book: Sex, Politics, and Putin
, which analyzes these themes).
Which brings me to the #HeForShe hashtag. So far, over 200,000 men worldwide, and over 50,000 in the US, have signed the pledge to promote the HeForShe Commitment:
Gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue that requires my participation. I commit to take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls.
I encourage all of us who are men to make this commitment. Please sign up at www.heforshe.org
Please also join the effort to tell Bill Maher:
@billmaher #LiberalMisogynyIsMisogyny (and betrays the best of enlightenment liberalism). End it. #HeForShe
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