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NOW defends Christine O’Donnell against Gawker’s “slut-shaming”

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      Jon Ward covers the White House and national politics for The Daily Caller. He covered the last two years of George W. Bush's presidency and the first year of Barack Obama's presidency for The Washington Times. Prior to moving to national politics, Jon worked for the Times' city desk and bureaus in Virginia and Maryland, covering local news and politics, including the D.C. sniper shootings and subsequent trial, before moving to state politics in Maryland. He and his wife have two children and live on Capitol Hill. || <a href="mailto:jw@dailycaller.com">Email Jon</a>

The National Organization for Women on Thursday condemned the tabloid website Gawker for publishing an anonymous account of a man’s sexual encounter three years ago with Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell.

And the 2010 election cycle keeps on going.

NOW issued a statement late Thursday stating that “sexist, misogynist attacks against women have no place in the electoral process, regardless of a particular candidate’s political ideology.”

“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,” said NOW president Terry O’Neill.

O’Neill said that while NOW “finds O’Donnell’s political positions dangerous for women … that does not mean it’s acceptable to use slut-shaming against her, or any woman.”

Feminists Jessica Valenti and Megan Carpentier both condemned Gawker on their Twitter feeds during the day Thursday.

Donna Brazile, a long time Democratic operative, called the Gawker story “appalling.”

TheDC has asked Gawker’s publisher Nick Denton for comment.

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  • catch

    Has NOW ever criticized a newspaper or website for publishing a male political candidate’s sexual exploits? Of course not. Their anti-male bias constantly shines through.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Practical-State/100001228104369 Practical State

    I Also Slept with Delaware Republican Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell

    http://www.practicalstate.com/?p=3040

    Cheers

    • des1

      PLEASE nobody click on this douchebag’s link! I hate scum-sucking self-promoters, but it’s far worse when they are Liberal trolls.

      I checked this guy’s facebook profile (since there’s no way I’m going to click on his crap blog), and the first friend link I pulled up (since he hides all his information) is a guy who is a Freshman schoolteacher and says he fills his days as a frustrated writer by countering “Right-wing hysterics.”

      I don’t care if you’re Left, Right or a Moderate, I hate these scumbags who’ve infiltrated our schools and destroyed the education system because they are failures at making their own life work. Then this douchebag is going to come here and post a provocative statement so people will follow the link back to his blog?

      Guess what troll, if you’re not smart enough to post interesting content, then you’re not smart enough to bother reading. F’ing dirtbag.