It is not too hard to find men who think of women as commodities to buy and dispose of like a good sports car or cigar--think Bill Cosby and Donald Trump. (Trump called his recently built Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago a "tall, skinny" building, presumably unlike fat pig buildings who are also bleeding.) But it is hard to find women who think of women as commodities to buy and dispose of like a good sports car or cigar because they are, after all women. Except, apparently, Ann Coulter.
It has been many years since an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution for women was floated and...defeated. Why? Apparently the wording--"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex"--offended the Donald Trumps and Bill Cosbys in legislative bodies. Leading the defeat of the ERA was Phyllis Schlafly a conservative woman who Ann Coulter calls her hero and idol. Schlafly was also known for dismissing on the job sexual harassment as "on the job propositions." Right.
Many people have been offended by a recent Coulter quote about women. "If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president. It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine, but I don't think it's going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women."
But go back in time and one-liners from Coulter about women get worse. "Women have no capacity to understand how money is earned. They have a lot of ideas on how to spend it." A one-liner from Bob Hope in 1964? A quote from the misogynistic professor in My Fair Lady? No--Coulter, 2001. Women shouldn't be in the military. In addition to not being able to carry even a medium-sized backpack, women are too vicious." --a one-liner from Coulter in 2004.
Coulter reserves a special hatred for single mothers, devoting a chapter in her book, Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America to single motherhood, called "Victim of a Crime? Thank a Single Mother" and contending that the selfishness of single mothers in pursuing motherhood without a mate creates social blight. "Where's your compassion," asked the View panelist Sherri Shepherd when Coulter criticized single mothers on the show in 2009. " "Why don't you come down on the fathers?" asked Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the View. Coulter has also attacked widows from the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, saying they are grandstanding.
Coulter's desire to be the Most Hated Woman of progressives is baffling. Here is a woman who could practice law. She could model clothes--she is no fat pig! She could teach elementary school and first graders would never get confused and call her Mommy instead of Miss Coulter. And speaking of Not Too Cuddly, Coulter could work in an insurance company and deny claims all day--it would not bother her.
Coulter's hatred of her own gender is so predictable, it screams for a rewriting of a joke told in the 1990s about what news outlets would say if the world came to an end. The New York Times would say World to End, Minorities Hurt Worst, the Wall Street Journal would say World to End; Markets Close Early and Ann Coulter would say World to End; Liberals' Fault; Women Pretend to be Victims.