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James O'Keefe's Misogyny

Written by Amanda Marcotte for - News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

James O’Keefe, the conservative “activist” who managed to bring down ACORN  through a series of misleadingly edited tapes that supposedly show ACORN employees collaborating with sex traffickers (in reality, the employees either a) blew the whole thing off as a joke or b) called the police), has recently made the news again with yet another creepy plot to create a misleading tape in an attempt to discredit someone.  This elaborate plot to trap CNN journalist Abbie Boudreau on a “sex boat” sent alarms throughout the media, because the details of the plot seemed close to indistinguishable from a more workaday plan to commit a sexual assault---put the victim in a highly sexual situation, scare the crap out of her, and get off on her suffering.  (Indeed, recently released details show that the "script" for the prank indicated that the tape was to end with Boudreau crying and begging to be set free from the boat-turned-dungeon.)  Even though there’s some confusion about exactly what O’Keefe planned to do to scare Boudreau so badly, the prop list included the erectile dysfunction pill Viagra, and O’Keefe actually says in the script, “So, I'm going to seduce her, on camera, to use her for a video.”

Personally, I don’t know what kind of “seduction” leads to someone in tears begging to be set free. 

The reveal of this hare-brained plot sent the mainstream media reeling, both because of the blatant misogyny (O’Keefe justified the planned act of “seduction”-assault by calling Boudreau, a highly accomplished journalist, a “bubble-headed-bleach-blonde”), the whiff of criminality, and the too-naïve-to-be-true ideas about adult sexuality that O’Keefe appears to have. Read more

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