It’s been a long, long week. With all of the last minute election posturing, Republican politicians attempting to save face with their far-right backers post government shutdown showdown, and the never-ending vacuum of the 24-hour news cycle, more people said more stupid things to an even wider audience daily.
Sadly, much of the ridiculous rhetoric that came out of the mouths of politicians, pundits and pastors involves the role women are playing in ruining the world for everyone else. Here are four amazingly stupid things said about women in just the last week:
Climate change, it seems, isn’t really man made, but is actually God’s wrath for a society where women don’t seem to know their place. According to Rightwing Watch, that’s the argument that evangelical leaders David Barton and Kenneth Copeland are providing to their viewers. Because women are having abortions and people are voting for politicians who support that right, God has taken away his protection from the earth and is unleashing the elements. “Abortion was a seed to it that has grown into a murderous, bloody crop of child death,” explains Copeland.
Where else could you expect such informed reasoning than the Fox News station, where, while discussing the evils of Obamacare, John Stossel opines that health care reform went too far by mandating that insurers couldn’t charge women more than men for policies just because they were women. According to Raw Story, Stossel argues that: “Women go to the doctor much more often than men! Maybe they’re smarter or maybe they’re hypochondriacs.” You know, fickle women, can’t take them seriously. Not even when it comes to their own health.
Yes, this is a real statement. According to the anti-choice group Live Action, it’s more liberating not to be allowed to have sex without the threat of becoming pregnant, and, in fact, “many women” prefer it. “When radical feminists cry foul any time ‘reproductive rights issues’ are limited by legislation, they seem to overlook the fact that many women do not enjoy the sexual license that comes along with unrestricted and free access to contraception and abortion – not because they are prudish, but because many women recognize that sex unattached to any sort of responsibility may encourage men to view women more objectively.” Because nothing says responsibility like unprotected sex.
When the Nevada GOP meets to discuss real world issues, apparently nothing is as pressing (and threatening) as women in the workforce. Which is why one Tea Party pundit in Nevada felt the need to list the evils of working women, which range from stealing the jobs that able-bodied men should be working to giving their children learning disorders from their lack of nurturing:
“I’m of the opinion that many of… and I need to be careful how I phrase this…there are a lot of social conditions, a lot of social changes, that have occurred in the last 50 years and they parallel women leaving their home occupations as mothers and homemakers and entering the workforce. While I don’t deny anybody’s rights to pursue their dreams regardless of their sex..the reality is there is a special role that women take on, biologically, as the bearers of children and the nurturers of children. I don’t know that we haven’t created problems in society by ignoring that important role. ADD and various learning disabilities, hyperactive kids, kids building bombs in their garage.”
Rather than challenge the statement, the rest of the panel agreed that men can’t care for children, women are selfishly throwing kids in daycare, and this is the primary reason for the “moral decline” of America.
All of these comments are just since Halloween. If this much misogyny is occurring on a daily basis, just imagine what sort of pile of women-blaming rhetoric we may amass before Thanksgiving Day.
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