August 01, 2006

Beinart vs. Coulter

My favorite pundit takes on my least favorite- and wins handily. It's all in response to Coulter's latest laughable argument- that Bill Clinton's promiscuity with women is somehow a sign of latent homosexuality.

I mean, shouldn't we just stop paying attention to Ann at this point? She's clearly reached muttering-to-herself-in-a-subway-car status. My newspaper got a letter to the editor this week, in fact, from a 15-year-old girl, criticizing Coulter because she's been taught in school to be respectful towards others, and Coulter isn't. Then again, that girl has probably also been told it's not wise to cultivate a look that resembles that of a cheap transvestite hooker.

UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan augments this debate:

"The phenomenon Kaus and Coulter are pretending to deal with is called testosterone. It's called men - gay or straight. And Peter Beinart is right: by inherently equating homosexuality as such with promiscuity, Coulter is peddling an old homophobic slur, and Kaus is backing her up. Her point about Bill Clinton - that because he is promiscuous he is somehow gay - is a revealing inversion of the truth. The truth is that many gay men are acting like Bill Clinton, because, like Bill Clinton, they are full of testosterone, and, like Bill Clinton, they can get sex when they want. Clinton gets it and has gotten it because of his charm and his power (which he regularly abused for sexual harassment purposes). Many straight men would do the same if they could get away with it. Can you imagine the lines for straight bathhouses if women were as eager to get it on with strangers as men are?"

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 1, 2006 11:56 AM
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