On Monday, December 12, in the year of our Lord 2016, another terrible thing happened.
Donald Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, who worked tirelessly to help elect a man accused of sexual assault and misconduct by more than a dozen women, tweeted about sexism:
That tweet was a response to this tweet:
Which was about this tweet:
This is a layered and complex thing! Should men tweet? It’s hard to say. Should this Wall Street Journal columnist tweet about the example Carly Fiorina is setting “for young women everywhere”? Almost certainly not.
But Conway’s habit of selectively tweeting critiques of sexism—a tactic only ever deployed to defend and elevate her wildly misogynistic boss whose stated positions on everything from reproductive health to the minimum wage will create real and lasting harm for millions and millions of women—remains transparent, cynical, and embarrassing.
If you look upon them, as is the case for any cursed object, you will turn to stone. Sorry.