Republican National Committee Chair Reince Preibus has started a war on caterpillars. Well, no, not really. But he says the claim that the Republican party is waging a war on women is just as ridiculous.
““If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars. It’s a fiction,” said Preibus in an interview on Bloomberg TV.
Many are calling his “war on caterpillars” comment a failed, laughable punchline. But maybe “caterpillar” is a carefully chosen comparison. After all, caterpillars are just little worm-like things waiting until they can be cocooned and transformed into something much more beautiful — the butterfly. Much like many in the Republican party these days seem to believe that a woman should be swept up, protected (or bound), and transformed into their true nature — motherhood.
After all, how many times have conservative women said that by refusing motherhood, especially when it is thrust upon them, they women are denying their own nature? It’s been going on for decades, since Phyllis Schlafly first started campaigning against the Equal Rights Amendment, declaring, “What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother.”
Even now, the newly anointed “anti-abortion feminist” Lila Rose proclaims, “We are women for whom the idea of artificial birth control as ‘preventive care’ is deeply insulting. We are women who view the intentional killing of children..as profoundly anti-woman and the antithesis of love…We are women who believe that something precious is lost when fertility is intentionally excluded from marriage, a sacred bond and a total giving of each spouse to the other….we aspire to move… toward a time when truly emancipated women embrace their intrinsic dignity and, with it, their authentic womanhood.”
Could it be that what some are calling just a poorly constructed metaphor was really a dog-whistle to the ultra-conservative arm of his party?
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