Republican party operatives have been making it a mission this election to find more ways to appeal to women voters. Unfortunately for them, the effort hasn’t gone so well. For one thing, they have to deal with their own misogynistic policies, like opposing equal pay. The other problem? So many of their leaders, supporters and spokespeople frankly don’t see much use for women other than as wives, and even that role is pretty limited.
How horribly misguided is the far right GOP view of female spouses? Here are just three examples:
1) “ ho needs foodstamps? Make it harder to divorce!“ Ralph Reed used to be the architect behind the Christian Coalition, and a driving force in getting religious conservatives out to the polls and voting. Today, he’s just as influential in setting religious right policy talking points, an idea that should terrify many of us. His latest brainstorm? No fault divorce has led to the decline of America, and forcing people to stay in unhappy, loveless marriages is the best fix out there, for all of society’s ills.
“I personally think the no-fault divorce revolution in the 60s and 70s has not been good for society,” Reed told a television pundit. ”Certainly, I recognize that couples are not going to be able to stay together. That’s been true throughout society, but do we really want to make it easier for a man to discard the wife of his youth than it is for him to fire his secretary, for him to basically go in and say goodbye when 40 percent of all child support is never paid?” He then told the host that keeping people married so the fathers can’t leave their families and shirk child support is a much better fix than letting people have food stamps, according to Raw Story.
How long until covenant marriage is made mandatory because it’s the “best” way to keep wives and children out of poverty?
2) “ ives are obligated to have sex with their husbands.“ Imagine we did live in a world where you simply couldn’t get divorced (because hey, economic security!). It wouldn’t be that awful to stick with someone you didn’t love, or possibly even like anymore, if it’s better for the kids, right? Well, what if you are obligated to have sex with your husband, no matter what? That’s what Dennis Prager, the conservative talk show host headlining a fundraiser for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, believes. The tickets for the event run around $15,000 a head in order to hear Prager speak, and, if you are lucky, he may read to you from the column he once wrote where he compared a wife’s “obligation” to have sex with her husband to a husband’s obligation to go to work even if he didn’t necessarily feel like doing it.
Where I come from, telling women to have sex when they don’t want to because it’s their “job” has a certain word attached to it, but surely that wasn’t what Prager is implying wives are, is it?
3) “ adies, submit, submit, submit!“ Sadly, Prager and McConnell aren’t outliers in the social conservative wing of the GOP. New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce actually wrote an entire book on the subject, especially focused on the need for a wife to be obedient to her husband. “The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice,” advises Pearce.”The husband’s part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else…The wife’s submission is not a matter of superior versus inferior; rather, it is self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband.”
So there you go. The GOP says get married, stay married no matter what, obey him in everything and have sex with him whenever he wants even if you don’t want to do it.
Why does the Republican party have a women problem?
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