THC doesn’t like double standards regardless of the source. Not one bit. And we’re always pleased when handed a glaring example on a silver platter.
Now here cometh the North Coast Journal, that bastion of political correctness and shining example of all things left. In an article/post from the last days of 2016, entitled “Top 10 Dick Moves: The year in bad actors and bad looks, the NCJ’s Jennifer Fumiko-Cahill takes a stab at exploring the biggest assholes and jerks of 2016.
Hilariously – and somewhat shockingly – the first item on the Journal’s list of “dick moves” is aimed at KINS radio, which apparently ran an admittedly ill-conceived poll. From the Journal: ”
The unabashedly sexist “Can a woman actually be president?” poll was an unsavory mid-century throwback, like a salmon gelatin mold; it was ugly and dated, and nobody wants it.”
THC won’t argue with the facts in NCJ’s Top 10 Dick Moves list. KINS, that was kind of a shitty thing to say, even if you were just doing it for the clickbait. (Something which each and every local newspaper like the Times-Standard or blogs like THC, NCJ, and LoCO are guilty of.)
But aside from that point, let’s look into the North Coast Journal’s blatantly sexist usage of the term “dick move.” Correct us if we’re wrong, but doesn’t that phrase ascribe some very negative – even derogatory – connotations to the male genitalia by equating them with someone who acts poorly or in a socially unacceptable manner? For example, if the NCJ were to create a list of the “Top 10 Pussies” (we apologize for the usage, but we’re making a point), that would be frowned upon, to say the least. Appropriately, any suggestion of a “Cunt of the Year Award” would be brutally slammed by our ever politically correct NCJ as they self define it. So what makes “dick moves” any different?
Now, the NCJ’s hilariously tone-deaf use of “dick moves” to describe sexist remarks by other organizations can be easily explained – maybe they were purposefully juxtaposing the two in order to draw attention to the sexual bias of language and its usage in the media. Because, surely, they don’t think sexism is a one-way street.
Or maybe they’re just a bunch of hypocrites with an axe to grind and an agenda to push.
We’re trying to come up with a catchy term to describe the NCJ’s actions here, but apparently all the progressive social justice warriors in the world haven’t yet coined a phrase which covers their own hypocrisy. We’ll probably just have to wait and hear whatever we get called after running this post, and then update later to recycle whatever term that is.
There are a couple more instances of ugly, below-the-surface sexism in NCJ’s Top 10 Dick Moves list (the more we say that the more it sounds like some sort of abridged Kama Sutra), but we’ll leave it up to you to sniff those out.
In the meantime, true equality warriors like those of us at THC will continue to be on the lookout for blatant instances of sexism and other discriminatory behaviors.
P.s. keep your eyes open for the upcoming THC segments, “Biggest Asshole of 2017” and “Humboldt’s Biggest Boobs!”