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Negging Women Is The Best Way To Get Them To Vote GOP

America's oldest continuously published daily piece of bullshit  From the “Too Little Too Late” Division of the Department of DUH, it has occurred to some Republicans that perhaps they should cultivate some lady votes next time. No idea why being absolute dicks to women voters by calling them sluts (which was, to be honest, one of the more…genteel…insults leveled) was not an awesome campaign strategy!  They haven’t come to this conclusion because of some road to Damascus type of enlightenment, some Amazing Grace-level conversion, though – it’s because they got their asses handed to them in the presidential election when all the wimmens chose the Kenyan socialist pretender instead of Mittens. Please commence with explaining your grand plan, Glenn Harlan Reynolds:

Buy some women’s magazines. No, really. Or at least some women’s Web sites.

One of the groups with whom Romney did worst was female “low-information voters.” Those are women who don’t really follow politics, and vote based on a vague sense of who’s mean and who’s nice, who’s cool and who’s uncool.

Since, by definition, they don’t pay much attention to political news, they get this sense from what they do read. And for many, that’s traditional women’s magazines — Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, the Ladies Home Journal, etc. — and the newer women’s sites like YourTango, The Frisky, Yahoo! Shine, and the like.

How do we even begin to unpack the level of stupid in this? It is like a greatest hits of dumb things to say about ladies. Ladies don’t vote on the issues because they vote for who is cool and handsome! Ladies don’t pay attention to political news because they are busy reading lady things like Ladies Home Journal! Yr Wonkette is unaware of anyone younger than 70 that is reading the Ladies Home Journal, with such articles as Holiday Cookie Swap, but that does not mean that yr Wonkette believes these elderly cookie-swappers are incapable of reading other material and making informed political decisions! Yr Wonkette is deeply unfamiliar with The Frisky or YourTango, but also remains reasonably sure that ladies can read many different things, just like men do!

Reynolds doesn’t propose to engage in smartening these silly lady folk. He just figures that if you get them some feel-good stories about the GOP, they’ll sign right on:

For $150 million, you could buy or start a lot of women’s Web sites. And I’d hardly change a thing in the formula. The nine articles on sex, shopping and exercise could stay the same. The 10th would just be the reverse of what’s there now.

For the pro-Republican stuff, well, just visit the “Real Mitt Romney” page at snopes.com, or look up the time Mitt Romney rescued a 14-year-old kidnap victim, to see the kind of feel-good stories that could have been running. For the others, well, it would run articles on whether Bill Clinton should get a pass on his affairs, whether it’s right that the Obama White House pays women less than men, and reports on how the tax system punishes women.

Please please please please please do this. No, really. We are dying to see how grumbling about someone that left office 12 years ago and explaining that Mittens is nice to people he knows will offset the slut-calling, the birth-control-away-taking, and the rape-loving. Good luck with that.

[New York Post]

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186 comments

      1. thatsitfortheother1

        I used to read it until they started publishing articles by wing nuts during the W administration.

      1. Fare la Volpe

        Yeah. When you find a woman who enjoys reading Playboy, I'm not sure she's going to be too keen on any of your "etchings."

        Now if your sister is in town…

        1. Lot_49

          Seems hard to believe now, but Playboy used to publish fiction by Updike and Bellow, thoughtful interviews with intellectuals and artists, and pictures of girls with pubic hair.

          1. starfanglednut

            Whatever happened to pubic hair? How did it come to be that pubic hair is bad, and we must shave it so it grows back coarse and itchy, or remove it with hot wax? I don't get it.

          2. tessiee

            I'm a little dismayed that there's no love for the curlies, but waxing in particular sounds awfully harsh: "We're going to pour boiling hot wax all over your tender lady parts, then rip out all the hair by the roots… mmmkay?"

  1. Southern Beale

    The thing is, Reynolds’ plan basically describes Fox News. Has anyone actually watched Fox News? I’m forced to at the gym on occasion: it’s 80% celebrity/waterskiing squirrel news, the rest of Republican Party spin on whatever the latest news of the day is. Reynolds is basically wanting to Foxify women’s magazines.

    So, so stupid.

  2. memzilla

    If I wanted to make sure that the Rethuglican party kept losing elections, I would make sure that I planted operatives inside its organization to tell them to keep their policies unchanged and just concentrate on their messaging.

    Say, you know who else kept his policies unchanged and just concentrated on his messaging… ?

  3. snowpointsecret

    Buy some women’s magazines. No, really. Or at least some women’s Web sites.

    1. I don't get girly magazines. And I doubt anyone buys them for their political clout. I don't care how you show an old white conservative man, it's not going to appeal to any women that you're not already getting.

    2. Actually, GOP, go ahead, waste your money on these. They couldn't be any less useful than your SuperPACs.

    3. They really need an editor because the way it's worded that's suggesting they actually buy websites. That'll work out well for him.

    4. These people are fucking morons. I have to steal from Callyson here: FFS.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      3. They really need an editor because the way it's worded that's suggesting they actually buy websites. That'll work out well for him.

      "I don't read women's websites, but I have friends who own them."

      1. snowpointsecret

        Oh, that reminds me.

        Yesterday, we went to get our tree, right? And the drought had taken its toll a bit, stunting the growth of many of the trees there, leaving many about a foot short of what we were looking for.

        Maybe Romney had a point when he said "The trees are just the right height" after all.

    2. Mumbletypeg

      O/T

      I have to steal from Callyson here

      I am all about the Callyson style of snark but I have been reading "For Fucks' Sake" among commenters and editors on wonkette since long before seeing her start participating here. The attribution here baffles me a bit, did I miss something?

      1. snowpointsecret

        Oh she just seems to use it a lot more than others and it's become a thing from what I can tell.

        I'm more likely to be missing something than you are though since I haven't been here for all that long.

      2. Callyson

        Aw, I'm touched…thanks!

        No, I can't claim to have invented the FFS tagline. I guess I've gotten known for using it, at least in these parts, due to my utter dismay over the utter lunacy of the Reeps. Case in point being their idea that a website will somehow cancel out their hateful misogynist policies…

        /FFS

    3. editor

      actually, i get all my political information from martha stewart living.

      but seriously, this is some crazy kind of butthurt, "waaah, the dumb wimmenz don't like us! they're too dumb!" like some soft-focus glamour shots of mittens are going to change that?

  4. BaldarTFlagass

    They could also buy some tampons and jam them up their ass for one week a month, that might help with the empathy thing.

  5. Texan_Bulldog

    Not sure which is more insulting: the stupid shit they say or that they think women are so damn stupid.

    1. Lizzietish81

      Its like when the anti choice idiots claim to be for women, because obviously we can't be trusted to make our own decisions and need to be taken care of by our more rational male counterparts.

    2. CrunchyKnee

      To be fair, the dumbass conservatards who middle manage the republican party attract women who are not very bright to begin with, so all things being equal their experiences are not that great. If the only woman who will touch you is a vapid bottle blonde who attended Bob Jones "University" your sample set is limited.

    3. Butch_Wagstaff

      When I first read about this last week I thought "Surely, the GOP hasn't sunk to this level of stupid." But, yes, it seems like they have.

  6. freakishlywrong

    You mean we're not supposed to vote on which wife of the candidate has the cutest clothes and that we can relate to her hairdo? Fuck me. I'm doing it wrong!

    1. Lizzietish81

      Well then the blame lies with Anne Romney and her bizarre African Animal ensemble from high end Kohls.

      1. Butch_Wagstaff

        Was there not at least one gay guy working on the Romney campaign brave enough to say to Ann: "Ann, honey…um, just no…""

  7. njstore

    Ya know, I would stop and chat but I got a women's web site to sell and $150,000 is just the right price.
    See ya. Wish me luck!

      1. Oblios_Cap

        Per the Urban Dictionary:

        neg –
        A light insult wrapped in the package of a complement. Used by pick-up artists to gain and maintain the attention of women who possess uncommon beauty (9+). These women are immune to standard complements.

        1. Butch_Wagstaff

          Much like "What a daring fashion choice for someone of your age"*

          *I've actually heard this. To be fair the guy being "complimented" is well into his 50s and tries to dress like someone in the early 20s just about to head out to the club.

    1. MisterCanoehead

      Negging is a man using a veiled insult to get a woman to do what he wants. It's usually used in the context of Make-Out Artists, but it looks like a good fit here.

    2. Spider-Jerk

      Pick-up artist slang/mental problems describing going up to a woman you find super attractive and insulting her playfully – out of the belief that accosting her obviously far-too-inflated ego (cuz' she hot, and hot girls are so stuck up they don't want to sex creepy guys) will trick her stupid ladybrain into thinking you must be an insanely cool, sexy guy, to be comfortable insulting a paragon of beauty such as HER.

      1. Butch_Wagstaff

        I have never understood the logic in doing that. But then again, I find much of the logic in the minds of some heterodudes perplexing because I'm one of those homos.

  8. Goonemeritus

    “For $150 million, you could buy or start a lot of women’s Web sites. And I’d hardly change a thing in the formula. The nine articles on sex, shopping and exercise could stay the same. The 10th would just be the reverse of what’s there now. “

    So if the GOP bought the Wonkette we would still get posts featuring 90% buttsex?

    1. Lizzietish81

      I keep thinking that, and expecting them to turn about and reveal their evil mastermind plot that shows that this was all just a clever ruse while they quietly took over the IRS or something.

      1. Goonemeritus

        The wheels came off in 2010 when they romanced the morons in the Tea Party. They had to alter their message to appeal to people that basically believed what the John Birch society preached 50 years earlier. Now these wackjobs are in the tent and they are driving the buss. It reminds me of some of my friends that were in punk bands and one day they took a hard look at their fan base and were horrified.

      1. tessiee

        Ironically, since Barry Goldwater would now be considered almost as librul as our Barry (although less urban, if you know what I mean).

  9. Mojopo

    Leave it to the GOP to buy some propaganda sites, instead of fixing what's broken in their party. Condescend to me some more about the things women read. No really, I love it.

  10. Lizzietish81

    I love that the GOP continues to insist that it wasn't their policies that lost them the election, it was how those policies were being broadcast.

    Remember, Conservatism can't fail, it can only be failed.

    1. eggsacklywright

      Zactly. Saw Prince Rebus on one of the gabfests and he said the problem was "branding." If only they could figure out just the right words, all would be fine. You know, just smother the bullshit in honey, problem solved.

      1. ButthurtWingers2012

        Yep pretty much describes their corporate mindset in all its unholiness. When I was working at Wells Fargo we used to get emails with little snippets about people being angry with WF and lists of talking points to counter the angriness. The talking points were always "we give money to charity" or that "we encourage our people to work for charity" because people weren't angry with WF over their policies like ever increasing fees in accounts…it's because WF wasn't 'reaching out' enough…fucking morons.

    1. Lizzietish81

      They need more women candidates! Like Palin! Because even though these women clearly are just tools of their patriarchal overlords and are just a shameless attempt to get us to vote with our vaginas they're WOMEN! And other women will be confused! And vote for them!

      1. Butch_Wagstaff

        And they often have to work twice as hard because they are women and need to prove they deserve their job to their male supervisor/managers.

        Ginger Rogers…backwards in high heels…and all that other stuff…

  11. Monsieur_Grumpe

    And don’t forget to write a lot about how important size is cause that’s really important to women.

  12. Terry

    "How do we even begin to unpack the level of stupid in this? It is like a greatest hits of dumb things to say about ladies. Ladies don’t vote on the issues because they vote for who is cool and handsome!"

    They were saying just about the same things about a century ago when women were fighting for the right to vote.

  13. Oblios_Cap

    For $150 million, you could buy or start a lot of women’s Web sites. And I’d hardly change a thing in the formula. The nine articles on sex, shopping and exercise could stay the same.

    No one can deny that these asshats really understand what makes women tick. Please waste spend that $150 million, pronto!

  14. Estproph

    I think he has it wrong. I think the Ladies Home Journal is actually running the Republican party, not the other way around.

  15. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    I read that whole article and there was not one cookie recipe or hairdo tip. WTF kind of website is this anyway?

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      I suppose that is what the next GOP candidate will look like, in order to appeal to the New Wimmenz. (And BTW, is nerve.com a real web site or did someone decide that we needed another parody on the 'Net?)

    2. tessiee

      Lisa: Can't you see that she's just spouting the same awful sexist rhetoric?
      Other Kid: Yes, but she's got a NEW HAT!
      [Malibu Stacy episode]

    1. Callyson

      For reelz…I've been mistaken for a goddam Reep once or twice for no better reason than the hair. Never been so offended in my life…

  16. Lizzietish81

    "it would run articles on whether Bill Clinton should get a pass on his affairs,"

    So many things with this.

    One: After the shit Bush pulled in his office, the president getting a blow job while working seems so minor

    Two: After the party tried to justify Newt's affairs as a by product of his "patriotism" I would love to see them try to tackle this again.

    1. James Michael Curley

      "the president getting a blow job while working seems so minor"
      He got it during the OSHA mandated five minute per hour break for dangerous jobs.

    1. LibertyLover

      They probably did. But, tee hee, no one knows who you vote for when you step behind that curtain.

    2. bearperney

      Interesting fact. Here in Missouri about 18% of women who voted for Romney (presumably republicans or something like it?) voted against infamous Missouri republican misogynist Todd Akin. So, there is hope, right?

  17. LibertyLover

    One of the groups with whom Romney did worst was female “low-information voters.”

    Even the lowest information womenz voter knew that taking away a woman'z right to birth control wasn't going to be good for them in the long run. Which doesn't make them low information at all.

  18. chascates

    It's hard to try to paint Democrats as the real oppressors of women if the only thing you can offer them is unbending intrusion into the personal biology.

    The party of small government until it comes to womens reproduction.

    1. tessiee

      "The party of small government until it comes to womens reproduction."

      Government so small, it can fit in wimmenz ladybusiness.

  19. Guppy

    The nine articles on sex, shopping and exercise could stay the same.

    Except sex makes you a dirty, dirty slut and exercise means buying into the "obesity epidemic" scam. That leaves shopping, which will make GOP supporters like the Bank of America flush with credit card interest and fee payments.

    It's a win-win!

  20. Lizzietish81

    Or gays, or minorities, or the poor, or immigrants, or anyone who isn't a white Christian male in the 1%

  21. docterry6973

    Come on, GOP! Just a little more work will show women that birth control is really bad and forced ultrasounds are really good! For families! Because that is all that you wimmens care about.

  22. dcjdjay

    And it's my understanding that Obama did the worst with the kind of low information voters who use the NY Compost as a news source.

  23. sundaytrucker

    My advice to the Republican party; try plying them with gifts. Nothing says "I love you" more to a woman than a new vacuum cleaner.

  24. valthemus

    Yes! More tricks and stunts and strategies! Who needs leadership skills or good ideas or well-crafted policies? Go Go GOP!

    (Is Glenn making a funny or does he really think only men read the New York Post?)

  25. NothingMissing

    The nine articles on sex, shopping and exercise could stay the same.

    No way – the articles on sex would have to have the words “slut” and “prostitute” show up in them a LOT more often.

  26. smellypossum

    Bumper sticker spotted on my commute this morning:

    "Life's a Bitch. Don't Vote for One."

    PLEASE keep that attitude, republicans. PLEASE.

  27. mormos

    How did one half of our polictical system become not only useless, but destructive to the very process of governance? I know biggotry and obstinence are proud American traditions but sheesh!

  28. tessiee

    Or they COULD…
    Oh, I don't know…
    Do something that actually benefits women/people in general, or at least doesn't actively harm them?
    Naaaaaaah.

  29. Jennyjen798

    Whoa whoa whoa! Aren't all those magazines full of articles about making baked goods for their men and children, losing weight to look sexy for your man, tips and tricks to make your man happy, etc? Why that all sounds like stuff conservative women (and their men) are into. I mean if they aren't winning these women, they might as well give up.

    Anywho! I've got some bras to burn and babies to abort, while reading maxim cuz that's what us good librul whores do!

  30. Rebootably_Joe

    Please please please please please do this. No, really. We are dying to see how grumbling about someone that left office 12 years ago and explaining that Mittens is nice to people he knows will offset the slut-calling, the birth-control-away-taking, and the rape-loving. Good luck with that.

    Honestly, my favorite moment during the debates wasn't even the eminently meme-able "binders full of women", but actually just the fact that he talked about "affirmative action for women" and "flex time" as though these were brand new brilliant ideas that he totally had just come up with and nobody had ever heard of before. More of that, please, GOP!

  31. ttommyunger

    "But wait!" mused Jim DeMint, during one strategy session, " What about the spics and niggers? Let's buy some watermelon farms and Taco Bell Franchises, FIXED!" ….These guys are soooooo smart!

  32. pdiddycornchips

    And by "low information voter" do you mean voters who don't believe Obama is the Anti-Christ?

    The basic flaw in the professor's theory is that women didn't vote for the GOP because they didn't pay attention. That's wrong. They didn't vote for the GOP because they WERE paying attention. The path to victory for Republicans is paved with more low information voters, not less.

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