Cain campaign continues attacks on women with sexist comments and victim-blaming “truth site”

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It’s been an exceptional 24 hours for Herman Cain, even by Cain-sian standards.

The pizza mogul, former lobbyist and Republican frontrunner for the presidential nomination has exceeded all of our wildest dreams with his recent string of gaffes, attacks, and inappropriate laughs.

First there was the “Princess Nancy” comment during last night’s Republican debate.  TPM notes that although Cain later admitted that this was a comment he “probably shouldn’t have made,” the sarcastic slur was repeated on Cain’s official Twitter account, which tweeted:

“The answer to Health Care: HR3000, the bill killed by “Princess Nancy” in committee #tcot #cnbcdebate”

Lord knows I can be a little too fond of nicknames at times, but even I know better than to throw around gendered insults while I’m in the midst of being accused of sexual harassment. Herman Cain is not getting anywhere in persuading me that he knows and respects the line on harassment or assault by calling the first woman Speaker of the House “Princess Nancy.”

There were more fumbles, like implying that he wouldn’t pay Gloria Alred for sex, or suggesting that he doesn’t remember ever knowing his accuser though all evidence points at the very least to a longstanding work relationship. Even his habit of referring to himself in the third person seemed a bizarre behavior that should be raising a few flags.

But two recent actions might prove to be the most egregious yet.

The first is a not-so-subtle threat issued by L. Lin Wood, the lawyer hired by the Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to fend off sexual harassment accusations. Any other women who might be considering coming forward with similar allegations “should think twice” according to the lawyer, leaving women all over the country wondering what exactly it meant that they were being threatened with.

A thinly veiled attempt to shame and threaten women from coming forward with their stories of abuse and assault can’t be trumped, can it?


Cain’s brand new “official truth site” brings victim-blaming to a whole other level by literally devoting an entire website to undermining and de-legitimizing alleged victims and survivors. As TPM reports, “the hastily-put-together blog appears to be primarily dedicated to spreading damaging stories about the women who have come forward, especially Sharon Bialek, who has publicly accused Cain of demanding sex in exchange for help finding her work.”  An excerpt:

The fact is that Ms. Bialek has had a long and troubled history, from the courts to personal finances – which may help explain why she has come forward 14 years after an alleged incident with Mr. Cain, powered by celebrity attorney and long term Democrat donor Gloria Allred.

So, remind me again- why is this man is still a republican frontrunner? No matter how much you hate Mitt Romney, at this point if you love (or even mildly like) women, you shouldn’t endorse Herman Cain should be the next President of the United States.

There’s only one thing awesome enough to make me smile about such a depressing situation (and entire news day, can we be honest?): your favorite feminist’s favorite feminist parody Twitter account: @FeministHerman

A sample tweet from the brand new and already hilarious feed:

“Don’t quite get the @princesspelosi blowback. Everyone knows we’d better off with a royal matriarchy, I just had the ovaries to say it.”

If only Cain did have ovaries- maybe he’d be less willing to consistently, shamelessly, viciously throw women under the bus.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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  • Brüno

    On the princess comment. It was wrong, but the political environment in the us has deteriorated to such a degree, that respect between male and male and male and female opponents is lacking. At least there are no fistfights yet. Rather than trying to make a feminist issue out of it, voters should demand from their representatives to behave in a way with each other that is, well presentable and not just when a man talks with or about a woman. Else you get a situation where male congressmen behave with each other one way and a different way with the “poor dears” and that creates an aura of exclusion for women and will bring about voters who will look for the “hardest” man rather than the best politics.

    Now on his comment on Jimmy Kimmel Live I must say it would be a huge gamble to pray and hope that there wont be any major gaffes once he is president.

    • Robert

      Herman Cain may be guilty but that is irrelevant to the election. The democrats are spending way too much time attacking this, they should attack his lack of experience in a government position. Swing voters aren’t going to care about any harassment when they vote, they are going to care about what he plans on doing with this economy because that directly affects them. If the worst thing they can think of with Cain is harassment he will have a much higher chance of being elected. I’m not downplaying harassment but people that have strong opinions against harassment are voting democrat anyway. Elections are all about swaying the swing voters. If Cain manages to convince swing voters that he can improve the economy he can say he harassed numerous women and still get elected.

  • toongrrl

    Now I’m fucking scared

  • natasha

    I get so tired of this kind of rude, sexist belittling of female politicians. Nancy Pelosi has gotten some of the worst of it, along with Hillary Clinton. Sometimes I have to wonder if people like Herman Cain even understand how wrong what they’re doing is. He seems to feel so entitled to just disrespect women.