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Opinion: Mr. Ann Coulter, I Presume?

Ann Coulter acts up in the worst way and says the nastiest things, but comedians time after time go for the obvious first: They make fun of her mannish looks. It's lame.

Ann Coulter is not my favorite person on earth. She represents practically everything that I abhor politically. She disrespects President Obama, liberal thinking, all ethnicities, makes outrageous and hateful statements about the former and ridicules the LGBT community. There is so much fodder coming from her mouth that is so over the top and yet the first joke that every political lefty comedian makes about her is not any of that. They make fun of her looks. 

“Mr. Coulter said today…Oh wait I mean to say Ms. Coulter but I got confused because I was looking at his I mean her picture.”

“All that money for the surgery and not do the face?”

“I can’t this bottle open. Where is Ann Coulter when you need him?”

“I hate to tell you this Ann but the surgery didn’t take. You’re still a dude!”

Yeah it’s funny. But she is a dangerous person with hateful ideas and to tie her gender identity to those ideas is lame and just makes being a transgendered person and a woman a little more difficult. Why? Because those types of jokes come from people I respect and believe to be brilliantly funny. People like Jon Stewart and Stephanie Miller have often mocked her man-like looks.

What’s wrong with ripping her apart for her ideas alone and treating her with respect otherwise?  Her looks or anybody’s looks should not be open to ridicule. That is a lesson I have learned all too well during my transition. I’m not blind. I know how I’ve looked as I’ve transitioned.  I know how I look now!!  I would love to be a beautiful woman but that didn’t work out for me. I’m finally at peace with what I look like and as long as others see me as the way I feel inside I’m content.

Tammy Wynette was right. "Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman." Hell SOMETIMES??  Men, gay or straight, here you are truly clueless. You may think because as a gay man you feign at being feminine you know the heart of a woman but you really don’t get it. You don’t have to feign and one day you won’t and you won’t be any less gay. Just happier.  But women will always have to put on a face and all that goes with it. To put on makeup and heels and undergarments so your tummy doesn’t pooch out.  Shaving your legs and oh did I say anything about MAKE UP??!!!  A young girl learns early on that to go out and be a girl will take a little more effort than a going out and being a boy. The older you get the longer it takes to get there every day. That’s not accounting for all the maintenance. The plucking and tweezing, the false eyelashes that you have semi-permanently placed on your lids, the electrolysis and the waxing and the HAIR MY GOD THE HAIR. Men have no idea. None!! The only persons who dance around this are transvestites and cross-dressers. It’s very hard for them to look like women but it isn’t for them to look like men again.  

When living as a man, I used to wake up, go the Y, play basketball for an hour or so, take a shower, shave (maybe) and put on some loose fitting clothes and go out.  But I didn’t have to do any of that. I could just roll out of bed and put on some jeans, slip into some loafers, pull on a T-Shirt and walk out of my door and go to WORK!!  I got so I kept my hair very short so I didn’t have to comb it. Just rub my head and get the Cheetos crumbs out and I was good to go. 

Those days are gone. It takes me an hour to get ready and that doesn’t include MAKE UP!!  It’s a lot better than it was and I have a very good role model in Joy. Every morning my beautiful Joy gets out of bed and in less than a half an hour looks like a knock out as she goes off to work. How does she do it? How does the any adult woman do it? PRACTICE!!!!  That does include MAKE UP!!! And when you’re dating you have to take things to whole new level of prep. How much do I NEED to do?  Can I let some things slide? What if I want have some sex?  Back to the bathroom I go.

Women like to feel pretty and feminine sometimes but they should choose when that is and not have to live in the 21st century with unrealistic expectations of themselves. I directed soaps for years. I would see these beautiful actresses in the morning before they went to hair and makeup. I loved their natural look but by the time I saw them on the set I couldn’t recognize them. They didn’t look real but in the Universe that was Soap Television they fit right in. The men took 1/5 of the time that the women took. Just not fair.

So men give your woman and women a break. Women give yourselves a break and all of us stop picking on Ann Coulter because she doesn’t measure up to our definition of female beauty. Neither do I.

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Miki Henderson January 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
This is SO funny... I don't know what liberal show it is, but someone always makes fun of her adam's apple and says "She's a MAN Baby," from Austin Powers, and I crack up. It's amazing that Ms. Coulter is considered a moderate voice these days, that shows how radical the Republicans have gotten. She's the lady who said the 9-11 widows were liberal opportunists, and now she's saying Newt is dangerous...yikes! Never thought I'd agree with her on anything!
joninla January 28, 2012 at 07:14 AM
As deplorable as Ann Coulter truly is, after watching her obnoxious and stupid opinions on the (now gone) Joy Behar Show, I began to think yeah she's all nuts but she is also making a ton of money saying what she does. I am not sure she is so personally devoted to the rants and rave she makes, but rather has learned how to make money exploiting her own far right & ignorant political opinions. Not to discount the disgust I (and many) feel towards her, but I think she is not even so fully in line with what are objectively irrational statements in light of the actual factual history. I think she strategically focuses on just being as controversial as possible for they money and although she markets herself as being a speaker for her crazy right of the far right ideology, I don't think she really give a damn about anything but selling more books and getting fees to utter her nonsense. Likewise, responding to her latest verbal diarrhea I think only gives her the spotlight she is seeking. She out to be ignored, I think.
Insider January 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
"What’s wrong with ripping her apart for her ideas alone and treating her with respect otherwise? Her looks or anybody’s looks should not be open to ridicule." It is pretty common that those who can't successfully argue the merits of an position have no other option than to personally attack. The truth is that to attack Ann is OK because of her political position. Had the same type of comments been made against Rachel Maddow, there would be a protest march forming on Santa Monica Blvd. It all depends on whose ox is being gored. (Kinda like the Assembly endorsement.)
joninla January 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Nothing wrong with ripper her, but at this point she is so nuts, just to give her image a spot on the front page of our patch feeds her ego & her message. Don't object, just think she should become less relevant. For those who are not sure - It's great to spread the 'bad' word about who she really is and joining together to rip her can be good. I just like the idea of long term phasing her out of the pubic discussion altogether, and ignoring her may be a long term solution to her spreading such hate and lies.
joninla January 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Although ........ I see in this particular picture (kinda-sort-of) a slight resemblance to our own John Heilman - Different hair and a little blurring & maybe a good "separated at birth" look. lol :)
MarkD January 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
INSIDER -- I'm not sure what media you watch, but Rachel Maddow is attacked constantly from the right for being a lesbian and for being "too masculine." She's regularly called "Rachel Madcow." Sarah Palin has winked and called her a man over and over. Ann Coulter is attacked for her ideas AND her appearance -- something this story and your comments fail to note. And when you consider that Ann Coulter's "ideas" consist of things like calling John Edwards a "fag" (boy did she have to eat those words, eh?), it seems like attacking her appearance is tantamount to attacking her ideas. It certainly is in line with treating her the way she treats others. Ann Coulter has shown time and again, she is not above this fray -- like, for instance, Obama and about 99% of the other people Ann Coulter calls names -- SHE is the one that chose the level of communication. Sorry Ann (and Insider) but you reap what you sow.
Marie Fairman January 29, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Thank you all your comments.
Chloe Ross February 04, 2012 at 12:04 AM
She is hard and humorless - that is not mannish. Mannish is man looking. She has a strong and unforgiving bone structure that matches her heart and mind. I think Rachel Maddox is great looking. But mannish - eh - that's just another form of bashing. And Marie - I can show you how to get it all done in 15 minutes tops. Seriously - it takes my hub longer to shave. At your service and not kidding. :)

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