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Re: “Twenty years ago, in Moscow, Matt Taibbi was a misogynist asshole—and possibly worse

As a leftist, I've followed and valued Matt Taibbi's writing for a while now. I hadn't known of his earlier work and like so many others am disgusted by both its stunning misogyny and by Taibbi's apparent defences (that it was satire, that his co-author, Mark Ames, wrote most of it, etc). I know Taibbi would like to confine this misogyny to the past and pass it off as satire, but even some of his more recent, single-authored journalism reveals a level of frat-boy sexism that is nauseating. In 2009, for instance, he published a piece critiquing Michelle Malkin (whose politics I disdain and staunchly oppose) that centered on imagining her with a pair of testicles in her mouth. Tabbi writes, "I have to say, Im really enjoying this whole teabag thing. Its really inspiring some excellent daydreaming. For one thing, its brought together the words teabag and Michelle Malkin for me in a very powerful, thrilling sort of way....Now when I read her stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of balls in her mouth. It vastly improves her prose...." see http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/21319
Does this kind of writing mean that Taibbi would condone, for instance, a white writer critiquing Clarence Thomas by "humorously" imagining him as a black slave being whipped?? Led by people of color, we have plenty of powerful activist voices on the left speaking out against police brutality. Someone like Taibbi, compromised by a crippling sexism, should NOT be given a pass simply because he has written a book on Eric Garner. As feminists, anti-racists, and leftists, we must hold Taibbi to account!

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Posted by democratic socialist on 10/30/2017 at 2:04 PM

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