4 Really Stupid Things Said About Women This Week

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:

1. Women are the reason that we have global warming.

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.

2. Women are hypochondriacs, so of course they should pay more for health insurance.

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.

3. Women prefer not being allowed access to birth control so men will take them more seriously.

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.

4. Working women are why we have kids with ADD.

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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Arild Warud
Arild Warud2 years ago

Just more BS.

Kimberly Coryat
Kimberly C.2 years ago

We successful women are a threat to these jerks.

Until we hold them responsible for their words - by not electing them or turning off their tv/radio show - we will have to endure this slander.

VOTE wisely!

Dale O.

So true Judie B, Neanderthals do show far more evolution than these right wing depictions of human devolution.

There is nothing quite like this Theatre of the Absurd that many in the right wing play leading roles in, especially when it comes to their attitudes about women in their blinkered lives.

An interesting quote in the article where a tea bagger stated that...".the reality is there is a special role that women take on, biologically, as the bearers of children and the nurturers of children." Interesting, but that isn't the only role that women play in life despite the fairy tale desires of the right wing to have women play only this role. The theatre of Life has many different acts and parts to play and these roles are simply not limited to men only.

Dale O.

Of course, during the Second World War when the men went off to war, one wonders how many of these right wingers were oh so grateful for Rosie the Riveter. They did of course, expect her go back to the business as usual of staying at home after the war, naturally. It's interesting how the knuckle dragging right wing can support women working when there is a crisis situation yet generally reverted back to their knuckle dragging ways of thinking once a crises ends.


Koty Lapid
Koty Lapid2 years ago

thank you for posting it

Marg Tyrell
Margaret Tyrell2 years ago

Oh dear, it's much too complicated for my little lady brain. Sigh.

Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman2 years ago

Phyllis S. wrote that the children of women who worked outside the home did not seem to be turning out as well as those who had full time stay at home mothers. I wonder if what she's observing has something to do with the level of stress in the household. When two incomes are required to make ends meet, there has to be some stress going on, with parents who are often exhausted underpaid overworked wage slaves.

Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman2 years ago

This misogyny is not limited to males. Marcia Blackburn, a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives said something like, "Women do not want to be paid as well as men." And Phyllis Schafly of the Eagle Forum campaigned tirelessly against the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Judy Apelis
Judy Apelis2 years ago

Noted, thank you.

Judie B.
Judie B.2 years ago

This from the knee-biting, knuckle-dragging Neanderthal crowd that wants to keep women, barefoot, pregnant and stupid. (Though that's really an insult to Neaderthals, as it turns out they practiced gender equality--these folks are probably related to Thag's mentally ill, inbred, half-simian, half-prehistoric-sloth cousin who drooled excessively and thought banging his own head against a rock was outrageously exhilarating.) They want women to keep silent and breed like bunnies so they can blame them for everything. Their mothers must be SO proud.