The Top Ten Worst Sexist Remarks of 2012
12:30 pm, December 27th | by
Misogynists say the darndest things, don’t they? And by “the dardnest things”, we mean “the most rage-inducing things that make you wish you had the crafty Rube Goldberg-esque skills of a young Kevin McCallister and the home address of every He-Man Woman Hater in the world so that you could reap revenge for womynkind while maintaining your manicure.” Oh, this year there was many a white man shaking his jowls over what womankind is up to these days. But who succeeded in saying the most deluded, most ignorant, most misogynistic remark of 2012? Check out our list of the top ten worst sexist remarks of the year.
1.10. Mitt Romney
I went to a number of women's groups and said: 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women."
Okay, so I know the whole
Mitt Romney/"binders full of women" joke got old faster than LiLo's face (gurl, I love you, but you have the face of my Atlantic City-loving aunt) but Romney's response to gender equality in the workplace was so absurd that it couldn't be left off this list. The suggestion that Romney struggled so hard to find qualified women to hire that he needed someone to start stuffing resumes and headshots into aTrapper Keeper is sad, but even sadder was that you could tell Romney thought this gesture was really feminist of him. Sorry dude.
2.9. Glenn Grothman
The perenially red-faced Senator loaned his
support to a bill this year that repealed the state's 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act. According to Grothman, the wage gap that all us feminazis have been bemoaning in between rounds of bra burning and man-hating, doesn't actually exist:
"Take a hypothetical husband and wife who are both lawyers but the husband is working 50 or 60 hours a week, going all out, making 200 grand a year. The woman takes time off, raises kids, is not 'go-go-go.' Now they’re 50 years old. The husband is making 200 grand a year, the woman is making 40 grand a year. It wasn’t discrimination. There was a different sense of urgency in each person .What you’ve got to look at, and Ann Coulter has looked at this, is you have to break it down by married and unmarried. Once you break it down by married and unmarried, the differential disappears."
3.8. Rick Santorum
A woman in front-line combat "
[creates] a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved."
Sometimes I just feel bad for Rick Santorum; he looks like three kids stacked on each other's shoulders in a man-suit and says the most ridiculous, out of control things. I have to think this or I'll get a rage headache.
4.7. Joe Walsh
The only debate Ms. Duckworth is actually interested in having is which outfit she'll be wearing."
When running for reelection in Illinois against Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, double amputee, and all around amazing women,
Walsh released a statement on his website that implied that his opponent was paying more attention to her wardrobe than the campaign, because that's how women work. Yes, a former Blackhawk pilot who lost her legs when a grenade can't focus on politics because all her women hormones are buzzing about what's new at Lane Bryant. You sir, are a doofus. exploded in her lap
5.6. Dario Maestripieri
Are unattractive women particularly attracted to neuroscience? Are beautiful women particularly uninterested in the brain?"
University of Chicago professor and alleged smart guy Dario Maestripieri thinks ugly women are major boner killers and shouldn't be allowed out of the house, even if they are renown neuroscientists attending international conventions under the pretense of sharing their research and not serving as eye-candy. Seriously. He basically said that.
When discussing the Conference of the Society of Neuroscience that he had just attended, Maestripieri whined about how few hotties with bodies were there to entertain him. "There are thousands of people at the conference and an unusually high concentration of unattractive women," he wrote. "The super model types are completely absent. What is going on? Are unattractive women particularly attracted to neuroscience? Are beautiful women particularly uninterested in the brain? No offense to anyone.."
6.5. Donald Trump
I think Gloria would be very very impressed with [my penis]."
Ugh, Donald Trump is the worst, right?
This past April, Trump was in the middle of a dispute with celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who was representing the transgendered woman who had been disqualified from competing in the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant. After Allred insulted the mogul's manhood by stating that no one asks him to prove "he is a naturally-born man" (zing), Trump called in TMZ Live to set the record straight. Reminding me of all the creepshows I've encountered on ChatRoulette, Trump said, "I think Gloria would be very impressed with [my penis]." Ah yes; nothing proves one's masculinity more than sexual harassment on camera. Donald Trump — ya gross.
7.4. Richard Mourdock
Oh lord — Jesus take the wheel on this one. Once upon a dark and dangerous time, Richard Mourdock was man with a face that said "I'm the mild-mannered husband in a Lifetime movie who ends up having a secret sex and meth lab in my basement" and a mouth that said even worse things.
A Senate hopeful in Illinois,
Mourdock was asked in a debate whether or not abortions should be allowed in cases of rape or incest. While no one expected Mourdock to reveal himself to be a pro-choice progressive, I don't think anyone expected him to suggest that God pre-ordained rape. "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God," Mourdock responded. "And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen." Though Mourdock later clarified that he thinks "rape is a horrible thing" and that "God does not want rape," he still lost the Senate race to Tammy Baldwin.
8.3. Todd Akin
2012 was a year rife with insane rape comments, yet very few of them were crazier than Todd Akin's. Seriously, has anyone sat Akin down yet and had a little conversation with him about the birds and the bees? When Akin claimed that "
the female body" "has way to shut [pregnancies from rape] down" if she did indeed go through "a legitimate rape", I was more worried about Akin than my reproductive system.
Did he seriously think that ovaries were like his computer and could just be "shut down" and rebooted when necessary? Who was his sex-ed teacher and was he fired? What factors decide whether or not a rape is "legitimate"? Where is the check-list? Why does Akin have it and all the women I know don't?
9.2. Daniel Tosh
Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now?"
This year, when women weren't getting told how to get "legitimately" raped, they were being told to get raped, but, like, in a LOL JK kind of way. During a stand up show,
Daniel Tosh told a female audience member that she should "get raped" "by like, five guys" after she dared to interrupt his show at the Laugh Factory. Super funny, brah.
10.1. Rush Limbaugh
What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute."
It was the comment that made women around the country stand-up and say, "THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS, YOU JERK!" When Sandra Fluke attempted to stand before a Congressional committee about the necessity of employer-provided birth control, it was bold and bad-ass. When
Rush Limbaugh launched a tirade against the Georgetown Law student, calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute", calling himself and "the taxpayers" her "pimps" and "johns", and suggesting that the more sex a woman has, the more birth control pills she needs to take, it was utterly unsurprising, almost like Rush Limbaugh was doing a Rush Limbaugh impression. Congratulations to Rush for netting the honor of making the most sexist comment of the year; try not to outdo yourself in 2013, okay?
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