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Sexism Loses Hard (Mostly)

Sexism Loses Hard (Mostly)

It’s a little much to take in, honestly.

I was hopeful strong candidates like Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren would pull out election-night victories, but I was just as concerned that Tea Party warriors like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock would also win.

That didn’t happen. Not only did Akin and Mourdock lose, but more women than ever are headed to the Senate, and the state of New Hampshire will be represented by an ALL FEMALE DELEGATION, including its Governor Maggie Hassan who, when inaugurated, will be the only sitting pro-choice Democratic woman governor. Tammy Duckworth not only became the first female Iraq war combat veteran elected, she defeated misogynist deadbeat Joe Walsh to do so.

Yes, it was a good night.

So what does all this mean in the short-term? A lot, frankly. In the next four years we’ll witness the retirement of at least one, but as many as four, Supreme Court justices just as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade becomes increasingly likely and as a wave of federal lawsuits challenging the contraception mandate in Obamacare snake their way through the judicial system. We’ll see an increasing push for a legislative fix to the gender wage gap given the economic stimulus benefits tied to eradicating pay discrimination.

It means health care reform is here to stay.

In short, it was the economy, stupid. And for women voters especially, they sent a clear message that economic rights must be comprehensive. Attacks on reproductive health care are attacks on women’s economic rights. De-legitimizing violence against women and using rape as a political wedge to support restricting health care is an attack on women’s economic rights. Misogynists like Todd Akin and Paul Ryan may never understand that, but it’s clear last night that voters by in large did.

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4:22PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Great read, thanks!!!

8:49AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Gene J. A star for you if I could. Yes, men and their patriarchal attitudes will be the downfall of humanity. How soon? Heaven only knows. But it is still amazing that some men in politics would say those things, considering that they have wives, sisters, mothers and daughters.

5:32AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Heh heh. Good to know American women aren't falling for the Bachmann-Palin line.

3:59AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

So glad that I'm married to a man who thinks with his head! So glad our son is learning to respect women. It is scary how our country is attempting to slide backwards about a hundred years! Men just need to get over it.

8:48AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Hey, what's that thing dangling between his legs? Ah, it's nothing. Just his nose.

11:27PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

thank you!

9:51AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:58PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Conservatives continue to live in their own fantasy bubble, in a world that has no basis in reality.

12:15PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

James K - couldn't send you another green star! You also top my list of most awesome men!

12:13PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Gene J leads the list of the many wonderful, women-loving men on Care2! Thanks to you all for supporting us women!

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