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.

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

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

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