Quote of the day: It's a gynocracy!

Author and radio host Marc Rudov makes some jaw-droppingly stupid comments about Hillary.

By Kate Harding

Published April 11, 2008 8:21PM (EDT)

Last night, author and radio host Marc Rudov was on Fox's "Your World With Neil Cavuto" to discuss what is shaping up to be the most important political question of our time: "Hillary Clinton: Plain old bitch or castrating bitch?" Oh, wait, sorry, the real question was: "How stupid is that nauseatingly effeminate old queen Elton John for thinking there's such a thing as misogyny?" I get confused sometimes.

Media Matters' recap of the segment covers Rudov's jaw-droppingly idiotic statements in more depth than I have room for here, but please enjoy a few of my favorite lines:

"Well, this is exactly why men shouldn't allow the vagina monologue to become a dialogue ... This is a gynocracy. Women have all the rights and privileges ... The woman is not called a B-word because she's assertive and aggressive. She's called a B-word because she acts like one." And after all that, with a straight face: "[T]here's no misogyny, there's no misogyny. "

University of Washington associate professor of law Lis Wiehl did a fine job of representing us vagina-Americans and pointing out, in so many words, that Rudov is EXHIBIT FREAKIN' A when it comes to misogynistic attacks on Clinton by the media. But in the end, neither she nor Rudov got the last word. Host Neil Cavuto brought the conversation back around to the single most important thing he'd learned from the debate: that there's a Facebook group called "Hillary Clinton, stop running for President and make me a sandwich."

"All right, can we get back to the sandwich analogy?" he interrupted. "That one I could understand."

Welcome to the gynocracy, y'all.

Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University

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