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Amanda Marcotte’s pity party: She dishes it out on the Internet, but she sure can’t take it

September 16, 2014

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

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All of this reads like a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. Marcotte is known all over the blogosphere for her virulent tirades against almost everybody she deems to harbor sexist misogyny — and that’s a lot of people.

She’s the blogger who resigned from John Edwards’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 after someone uncovered posts in which she offended Catholics — a key Democratic constituency — by blasting the anti-abortion Catholic Church for forcing women to bear children and, according to the Washington Post, sarcastically suggesting that the Virgin Mary would have taken the emergency contraceptive Plan B. She blogged about the 2006 Duke lacrosse rape case: “Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it? So unfair.” The charges against the lacrosse players were dropped in 2007 amid evidence that the alleged victim had fabricated her story.

Amanda Marcotte’s pity party over her cooking post is part of a disturbing trend among women in the media who get hit with nasty criticism to declare categorically that the Web itself is innately hostile to women.

And now I’ll stop posting about Amanda Marcotte for a while. She’s a delightfully slow-moving target, but I don’t want to make her feel all hurt.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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