Twitter Responds to #GawkerFAIL on Christine O’Donnell

If you were within a stone’s throw of the interwebs yesterday, odds are you read the piece Gawker ran by anonymous dude (of course, it looks like the race to uncover his identity has already been won) about his (almost) hook-up with Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell.

It was a piece so grossly sexist and sexlessly gross, it forced many feminists, who hate every last thing about O’Donnell’s politics, to not only condemn the article and the decision to run it but also note that it made O’ Donnell seem like a rather sympathetic, relatable figure. Yes, that’s how much this piece backfired.

Twitter also had lots to say about this #gawkerfail. So if you somehow missed the drama yesterday, here’s a little roundup of Twitter reactions that should get you up to speed.

First of all, did someone say “link bait”?

@agolis: The secret reason Gawker thought the world would be better if it published its Christine O’Donnell scoop: http://bit.ly/aRlXr0

So what else is new?

@amaditalks: Oh, Gawker posted some bullshit? It’s a day of the week ending in Y, right? (Why are people surprised?)

My god, this guy is a douche.

@amandahess: worst guy ever, thurs. oct. 28 edition http://gaw.kr/bxxKnY

Oh, hell no, he’s talking about her unshaven…

@studentactivism: On the O’Donnell story: If pubic hair on a woman you’re fooling around with freaks you out, the sexually sheltered one in the bed ain’t her.

Double standards much?

@annfriedman: “When his underwear came off, I immediately noticed that the waxing trend had completely passed him by.” #pullquotesyoullneversee

Further proof that, just like love, slut-shaming is blind.

@jaclynf: #GawkerFAIL gross hit-piece on O’Donnell is proof that slut-shaming doesn’t protect you from being slut-shamed. We’re all in it together.

In the end, O’Donnell was right: she is us!

@elliottjustin: Today, we are all Christine O’Donnell

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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