Sniffing around their blog, I found an odd mixture of profanity, snarks, politics, and grisly anatomical fantasies involving the women who blog at PumaPAC. Instead of deleting the misogynist comments, or debating the assumptions behind them, the editors and other commenters compliment each other for every particularly vicious turn of phrase. They seem to spend hours a day combing the pumapac blog for something in the comments they can collect for their complaining sessions. What kind of “dialog” can you have with people like that?
If that sounds like an exaggeration, here are some examples of the type of comments I found over there (I have had to add some asterisks to keep my child-friendly rating):
“Tell the PUMAs over at The. Best. Mexican. Soap. Opera. Ever. that we really appreciate the endless hours of entertainment you’ve provided us with in 2008 and we’re looking forward to a lot more of it in the new year.”
“And, no, I don’t get my kicks out of “mocking” you. I get my kicks out of thwarting your purblind political agenda and actively campaigning against it in online forums and the media-at-large. I only post here for the regular check from Soros, which ain’t nearly enough.”
“I have absolutely no problem quoting the late great Michael O’Donoghue to you disgraceful racist idiots and losers: “I’d give you all a swift kick in the c*nts to wake you up, but I wouldn’t want to ruin my shine.” Now go back to crying in the Giant Bowl o’ Fail that makes up your collective lives.”
Kerry Reid again:
“If I was really being crude, I would have suggested you f*ck yourself in the *ss with a rusty d*ldo (thereby avoiding congress with those nasty Rapist Oppressor Real P*nises) until you enlarge your *nus to the point where you can shove your head comfortably up the enhanced opening.”
“As for Guy PUMAs, they’ll no doubt have bled to death after you’ve shot all their p*nises off or whetever the next fantasy is.”
“Armed with Rusty D*ldos
On Fantasies we Ride
We Dance with Pumas Left and Right
No P*nis by our Side
Up, up, up we scream
Rise, Hillary, Rise
Until the Day that We Can See [minus corneal transplants, cataracts, shingle-related eye-disease] NOBAMA on the outside
So up, up, up with people (but only if you’re GIRLZ)
And save yourself for all the pleasures of b*tt pl*gs and d*lderzz.”
“We need to do some more pointing and laughing.”
“Why do you feel that so many men feel justified in using sexual imagery and language as a way of demeaning women engaged in political discourse?”
Brad Mays, of course, is sort of a Puma, or at least used to hang around filming Pumas.
And who are the Pumas they hate so much? What is the “purblind political agenda” the Rumpsters are so desperate to thwart? Here is the Puma mission statement Manifesto:
- Passing the Equal Rights Amendment after 86 years of struggle
- Monitoring the 111th Congress and advocating for legislation that supports our mission
- Documenting and Protesting sexism in the mainstream media AND educating the public about its widespread and long term effects
- Developing a national women’s rights curriculum for all American children
- Researching and investigating voter fraud and campaign finance violations during the 2008 election
- Protecting women’s lives by strengthening anti-femicide laws and drawing attention to the crisis of woman-lynching in the United States
How do you talk to someone who opposes that?
Ah, but they used the word “dialog”. They had sucked me in. So I opened a first thread thread for the Rumpsters, then a second thread and eventually 11 of them came to visit. Rumpster Guests in the order of their appearance: StrangeAppar8us, pumarubbernecker, kcindenver, Mrs. Polly, sean, Betty Cracker, Clownshoes the Clown, yetanotherfreakingbrit, johnd, Observer at PUMApac, zipperupus…. thank you all for your comments.
What with the new semester starting and everything, it took me more than two weeks to sort out all the comments and respond to them. Here is the final tally.
Total word count: 11071
Written by Nijma: 6172 words
Written by Rumpsters: 7450 words (average: 677 words/Rumpster)
Censorship: 15 Rumpster swear words and ethnic slurs edited.
Okay, so the Rumpfest was exhausting. For me at least. What did it accomplish? I don’t know. But I remain firmly convinced that dialog is never wasted. And what did the Rumpsters want to talk about? They wanted to repeat campaign talking points. They wanted to comment about my defense of Arabs and moderate Islam in the comment threads. They were troubled about the variety of opinions in the Puma website comment threads. Some were thoughtful; some were bombastic.
And over and over again they mentioned one particular Puma commenter, JenniforHillary, who had been involved in a radio show (transcript here) and a video (transcript here) about the Pumas. Curious, I went back and looked. If I was a Rumpster, I would not be too proud of this episode. Wonkette and Rumproast posted photoshopped pictures of her in order to make fun of her weight. Curiously they did nothing to refute the points she made in the interviews about election fraud in the primaries. The posts were taken down quickly after both the Confluence and PumaPAC pointed out the difference between ridiculing powerful political figures and ridiculing private citizens because they take their civic responsibilities seriously.
What the Rumproast did to Jenni was tacky at the very least. When Jenni first started writing at PumPAC she was just excited about Hillary, and her posts conveyed her thrill in being part of it all, but after she was baited, she started getting nasty and writing in ALL CAPS: what a surprise! And as someone once said, what fun it is to bait people until they turn nasty! If you did that to someone’s face, they would probably punch you, but since it’s on the internet all they can do is get angry. What cowards to bait someone until they get angry and then write post after post ridiculing them for it. Did I say coward? No, comic! It’s funny to bait someone until they turn nasty, yeah, that’s the ticket. Bullying tactics are funny.