Apparently, Mike Huckabee’s puritan sensibilities were offended while he worked at FOX News. In an interview, on the Iowa-based Mickelson in the Morning radio show, the former Arkansas Governor griped that women out East cuss as readily as the men do. True to form, when Huckabee denounced the women for their use of foul language, he rooted his criticism in a regional argument. Extolling the special virtues of the South and the Midwest, while condemning people who live in the liberal coastal areas, is one of Huckabee’s go to themes. So it should come as no surprise that Huckabee voiced his disgust in explicitly regional terms, arguing:
In the South, or in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the F-bomb or use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting. In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women. My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk. As we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.
Although he is talking about employees at a conservative news network, his commentary implies that cussing is a unique cultural malady, found only in horrible liberal places, like New York City. The profanity virus is so widespread in these places that even the women folk are not immune. This is horrifying to Mr. Huckabee. He assumes that this kind of foul language is only spoken by women in “bubbleville”. In Huckabee’s Manichean worldview, the more virtuous ladies in “Bubbaville” wouldn’t dream of dropping an occasional “F” bomb. They know their place, after all. Swearing is just for men, and even they probably shouldn’t do it much.
Mike Huckabee may have a point that gratuitous cussing in the workplace is unnecessary. Many people would probably have no quarrel with that premise. However, because Huckabee expresses his criticism with remarks that fuse regional chauvinism with his transparent misogyny, his disdain for the “F” word is overshadowed by his animosity towards East Coast women. Huckabee can’t even bring himself to like coastal women who work at FOX News.
Long before Huckabee began preaching jeremiads against the cultural influence of Beyonce, he made his contempt for women known with his infamous Uncle Sugar speech where he railed against ladies and their libidos:
And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it, let’s take that discussion all across America because women are far more than Democrats have made them to be.
Mike Huckabee can complain about “trashy” women all he wants, but his continued insistence on trashing women, is the real problem that needs to be addressed.