Just remember, Hustler is no friend of women, ever.

We Are All S.E. Cupp, the Conservative Pundit Bullied by Hustler –
[Via Duly Noted]

Hustler ran a photoshopped image of conservative pundit S.E. Cupp with the headline, “What Would S.E. Cupp Look Like With a **** in Her Mouth?”:

S.E. Cupp is a lovely young lady who read too much Ayn Rand in high school and ended up joining the dark side. Cupp, an author and media commentator who often shows up on Fox News programs, is undeniably cute. But her hotness is diminished when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the method pictured here is Ms. Cupp’s suggestion for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy. [Hustler via Mediaite]

This is beneath contempt. This time the victim is a conservative pundit who is being humiliated for her outspoken views on reproductive rights, but this kind of bullying can happen to any woman who speaks her mind. Remember when tech blogger Kathy Sierra was harassed with “satirical” images of herself in pornographic poses?

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This is every bit a horrible as what was done to Sandra Fluke. Printing made-up, humiliating pictures of women, then trying to state that it is done for political reasons does not pass the smell test.

Bullys are destructive no matter how they try and couch their reasons.

This is true:

We value women’s reproductive freedom because we value women’s freedom in general, including the freedom to express unpopular, offensive, and just plain ignorant views. Using sexualized attacks to silence women is antithetical to the struggle for reproductive rights.

Reducing someone to sexually degrading pictures is a way to sell magazines. Hustler simply decided to use the Photoshop technique to couch their business model in some sort of political terms.

Printing humiliating pictures of models is one thing. But to simply take a women in the public eye and reduce her to a sexualized thing.

It would be nice if there was some judicial route for her. But Hustler’s lawyers are pretty good. Maybe someone needs to get pictures of the editors and photographers of Hustler and print really humiliating pictures of them.

The only thing bullys understand is strong, direct approaches.