April 14, 2008

McCain defends masculinity by resorting to sex-based insults

Posted in gender stereotypes, ideology, language politics, sexism, sexual politics at 8:53 am by LB

OK, so this has been mentioned everywhere, but in The Real McCain by Cliff Schecter, he claims that McCain responded to his wife’s comment about his hair thinning by calling her a ‘cunt.’

From the book, via Feministing:

At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day.

For the record, trollop means “prostitute” or “promiscuous woman.”

(Interestingly, dictionary.com phrases this to imply that a prostitute is a particularly promiscuous woman, as if prostitution as sex work and individual promiscuity for one’s own pleasure -not work- are in fact conceptually related).

See my previous posts on sexed bodies and gendered insults, and on gendered language more generally.

No further comment required.

1 Comment »

  1. Adorable Girlfriend said,

    McShame is such a classy guy, isn’t he?!

    Ugh.

    I weep for the future of America!


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