Is America Post-Sexist, Too?

March 2nd, 2009at 11:29am Posted by Eli

If so, can someone let Jake Tapper know?  Here’s a few eyebrow-raising tidbits from Howie Kurtz’s profile on how awesome he is:

Tapper also became a cartoonist for the student paper, drawing such characters as a woman who rips out a man’s heart while breaking up with him.

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He spent three years as a publicist for the firm Powell Tate, flacking for such clients as Hooters. Tapper also freelanced for The Washington Post, holding forth on such topics as “Stairmaster butt” and how caller ID “has single-handedly changed the rules of romance.”

In 1998, while working for the group Handgun Control, Tapper was pondering an offer from Washington City Paper when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. This was of more than passing interest to Tapper, who weeks earlier had gone on a date with the suddenly notorious White House intern. He turned that brief encounter into a cover story — and a job — at City Paper.

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“To be brutally honest, I got with her because I figured that behind her initial aggressiveness lurked an easy, perhaps winning, bit of no-frills hookup,” he wrote….

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Tapper, who festoons his Facebook page with baby pictures, says his network career has had a “horrible” impact on his family life. “I wouldn’t be able to be here,” he says, “if it weren’t for Jen and her complete understanding of this job and my drive.”

It all kind of adds up to a creepy, women-should-be-subservient-to-my-needs vibe (and this is from a profile that’s supposed to be flattering).  Which is a bit of a shock, since Tapper is so totally never a hackish wanker at all, nope.

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