A student’s rant about her “struggle to be taken seriously in the age of subtle sexism” drew fire and mockery from Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives.
The Charlotte News-Observer printed University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill student Blake Dodge’s screed—which began “I identify as female”—about all the triggers in her life which cause her to “fight others every single day to be taken seriously.”
Written as a day-in-the-life story, Dodge rails against such difficulties as her lack of a “thigh gap” which causes her to chafe during her morning cross-country practice run, and the “curious pairs of eyes” looking at her butt (which she describes as “big for a white girl”) at the gym.
Conservative blogger Katherine Timpf categorically destroyed Dodge’s essay, offering a likely explanation as to why she’s been struggling so much.
Hey, Blake, here’s an idea: Maybe the reason people aren’t taking you seriously is because you seem weak, whiny, paranoid, and unable to handle anything without taking it so personally that you become too upset to function.
Radio host Limbaugh couldn’t resist talking about Dodge’s issues.
But, I mean, “The Struggle to Be Taken Seriously in the Age of…”? What do they think modern era feminazi-ism is about? (snorts) Well, the whole point of modern era feminazi-ism is embodied in my Undeniable Truth of Life No. 24: “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society,” to pop culture. Bingo! So here we have a female athlete, by the way, a senior at UNC.
“The Struggle to Be Taken Seriously in the Age of Subtle Sexism.” It’s so hard. I mean, she worries that she doesn’t have a “thigh gap,” and a thigh gap is required now. Well, that’s… (chuckles) It may not have been a thigh gap back in 1970, but it was something. Big bazooms or what have you. It was something. It’s not the Onion. Part of me doesn’t want to read this because I don’t want to embarrass these women.
Limbaugh said he would talk further about it on Monday.
Twitter users reacted with equal parts humor and incredulity.
Oh, good grief. You’d think it was 1815 reading this-> The struggle to be taken seriously in the age of subtle sexism http://t.co/dMDYxYLPWC
— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) September 9, 2015