Kos the misogynist
OK, that might be a little hasty. But I keep trying to tell people that Kos is a tool, and no one listens. Lauren at Feministe catches this gem:
So over the weekend, certain segments of the community have erupted in anger over the TBS ad for their reality show, the Real Gilligan’s Island. Apparently, having two women throw pies at each other, wrestle each other in a sexy, lesbianic manner, then having water splashed on their ample, fake bosoms is degrading to women. Or something like that.
Whatever. Feel free to be offended. I find such humorless, knee-jerk reactions, to be tedious at best, sanctimonious and arrogant at worst. ... And I certainly won’t let the sanctimonious women’s studies set play that role on this site. Feel free to be offended. Feel free to claim that I’m somehow abandoning “progressive principles”by running the ad. It’s a free country. Feel free to storm off in a huff. Other deserving bloggers could use the patronage.
Me, I’ll focus on the important shit.
What is offensive is Kos’ dismissal of feminist complaint, concern and criticism regarding a pretty sexist ad designed for het male titillation run on the most widely-known progressive blog for his own personal profit.
Lauren also links to Echidne, who says:
It's hard to know what Kos means by "the important shit" in this context. Does he simply intend to say that this particular ad is not worth fighting over? Or does he imply that women's issues are not important? I don't know. But I have noticed in the past some hints that the latter might be the case ... I don't know what Kos was trying to say in his post on these issues but he doesn't come across as a feminist himself.
More and more, I'm feeling like Kos is just sort of an all-around not so cool guy. Yes, he runs a very successful liberal site, but when it comes down to it, Kos is basically another party hack, willing to sacrifice principles for the sake of party politics. I didn't find the commercial offensive, but given Kos's cavalier dismissal of feminist concerns, and given his support for anti-woman candidates as long as they are Democrats, it's probably time to start wondering if he has a bit of a misogynist streak to him.
UPDATE: Other reactions from the blogosphere:
Sozialismus at The Headpiece for the Staff of Ra says:
I'm noticing signs of anti-feminist hostility more and more on Kos: it's NARAL that should compromise and support anti-choice Dems; feminists... are humorousless; ... sexism isn't important for progressives.
After School Snack strikes Kos from the blogroll:
Enough is enough. There are plenty of excellent blogs out there that manage to encompass sensitivity to gays and women in their definition of "progressive." No reason to link to someone who can't seem to do it, no matter how widely read or "important" he is.
And Creek Running North offers Kos a taste of his own medicine.