Friday, October 29, 2010

NOW Condemns Gawker for Misogyny & Public Sexual Harassment of Christine O'Donnell

Christine O'Donnell's campaign has responded to the vile and sexist hit piece -- I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O'Donnell -- with photos -- authored by an anonymous low-life coward and shamefully published by Gawker. The creep has since been outed, as Dustin Dominiak, by Smoking Gun.

The O'Donnell campaign responds:

This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with. From Secretary Clinton, to Governor Palin, to soon-to-be Governor Haley, Christine's political opponents have been willing to engage in appalling and baseless attacks — all with the aim of distracting the press from covering the real issues in this race. Even the National Organization for Women gets it . .

In a statement condemning Gawker, the National Organization for Women (NOW) frames the slut shaming piece as "public sexual harassment":

Sexist, misogynist attacks against women have no place in the electoral process, regardless of a particular candidate's political ideology.

Today the tabloid website Gawker published an anonymous piece titled "I Had A One-Night Stand With Christine O'Donnell" that takes the routine sexual degradation of women candidates to a disgusting new low. NOW repudiates Gawker's decision to run this piece. It operates as public sexual harassment. And like all sexual harassment, it targets not only O'Donnell, but all women contemplating stepping into the public sphere.

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