While this article Maybe Jared Loughner Was a Bigot, After All in Slate magazine supports my argument that Loughner’s attack on Giffords was motivated, at least in part, by misogyny it also serves as an example of the invisibility of misogyny.
Look again at the headline. Loughner, the reader is told, is a bigot. Yes, misogynists are bigots. They are a particular type of bigot. If most of someone’s writing is about Jewish conspiracies to take over the world we call them anti-Semitic. If a writer’s output is dominated by claims about the ‘yellow menace’ we call them racist. Yet when a man publicly argues that women should not be allowed to hold positions of authority Slate calls him a bigot.
Tom Scocca, the author of the Slate piece, makes the argument that The New York Times article buries and obscures the importance of Loughner’s atttitude towards women.