NOW chides Bill Maher for Sarah Palin slur

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After initially declining to comment on the matter, The National Organization for Women issued a statement on Tuesday in response to Bill Maher calling Sarah Palin a "dumb twat" on his Real Time show last Friday. Published on, NOW communications director Lisa Bennett said, "Listen, supposedly progressive men (okay, and women, too): cut the crap! Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don't like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs."

Let's face it, whatever you think of Sarah Palin as a politician, talking head, outdoorswoman, or author, the ad feminem attack is uncalled for. She's still a mother. NOW had to respond. But we also know that Maher will never apologize, and probably loves having NOW on his back. Bennett also wrote, "You're trying to take up our time getting us to defend your friend, Sarah Palin. If you keep us busy defending her, we have less time to defend women's bodies from the onslaught of reproductive-rights attacks and other threats to our freedom, safety, livelihood, etc."

Yana Walton, Women's Media Center VP of Communications, was more than willing to bring down the hammer on Maher, telling

"Despite the fact that women make up half of the population, we're only seventeen-percent of Congress. Bill Maher's misogynistic comment about Sarah Palin hurts all women, not just Palin, and not just conservative women. By insulting her gender, rather than her platform or stance on issues, he insults women as a group."