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The War on Women

Posted by humphreysworld on March 4, 2012

I normally tend to stay away from all political commentary these days, it’s all bullshit and at this point I’m not sure if any of them actually believe what they say. But this morning I woke up and somehow must’ve accidentally tuned my dial onto This Week with George Stephanopoulos and the topic seemed to center around that fat fuck Rush Limbaugh.

Now, I heard what he said about Sandra Fluke (for the purpose of integrity and dignity I have no intentions of repeating or linking to it). Nothing about what he says should be surprising to anyone; he’s a vile excuse for a human being filled with hate that he regurgitates to the idiot masses who follow him. But what caught me about this week’s roundtable was some republican hack refuting the notion that Rush’s comments or anything the GOP has been about lately equates to a war on women.

They are trying to cut women in our pockets, in our wombs, in everything that we do and say- what else would you call it?

Is this phrase a lot of rhetoric? Sure. As this hack pointed out, there is no literal battlefield, soldiers, etc. etc. And the idea war itself is not something to be taken lightly. But what’s happening right now is real all the same. The culture wars the GOP seem content upon waging seem to toggle back and forth between women and LGBT, sometimes even managing to juggle both at the same time. And like the fight against LGBT rights, the relentless attacks from the right on women have been coming at every level of government. In the first six months of 2011, 162 new provisions related to reproductive health were introduced in the states, including gestastional bans, increased waiting periods, mandatory counseling at crisis pregnancy centers, and most recently in Virginia, a bill would require women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion. Even the flap last month around Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood- the attack is coming from all sides.

But it’s not just our wombs that are being attacked. Women have been struggling for fair pay for decades, and no matter who’s in power, the bill never seems to get anywhere. For every $1 a man makes, a white woman makes .78. For women of color, even less. And it was only when President Obama took office that women were finally protected from retaliation for reporting wage discrimination in the work place.

We can’t have sex, if we have sex we shouldn’t learn how to protect ourselves, if we get pregnant we can’t have abortions, if we become parents before we’re ready we can’t have aid, when we take our children to school we can’t get them reduced lunches, when we finally get to work we can’t get sick and if we get sick we get fired, and if we get sick we shouldn’t have healthcare and if we do have healthcare that healthcare shouldn’t cover birth control (Viagra is covered so Johnny’s rocket can keep operating into his 60s- that’s important) and even if we stay healthy and stay our asses at work longer than anyone else our money still doesn’t amount to what a man’s does.

There’s no doubt about it, the system is out to get women. And men are pulling the strings.

No matter what side of the debate you’re on (I don’t know why it’s even a debate; you don’t believe in them, don’t have them), this isn’t about abortion. This is about using women as a pawn in a political game. This is about keeping women in a position of second class to ensure we only get so far. For as long as I can remember the GOP has been using the battle of the womb to gain and keep their political power and to shift attention away from the things that matter most and which they know very little about. Unfortunately it seems to be working.

One of the knights of the political hack roundtable said this morning that the only way to take control of the situation with Rush was to outright denounce his comments about Ms. Fluke & distance themselves from his hate speech. Truth is they can’t and they won’t; they’re so busy playing to the right they don’t know which way is up. These are the clowns running for the highest level of office this country has to offer. They have no spine, no conviction, and if we’re not careful they will have us back in the 19th century, barefoot, pregnant & out of public discourse once again.


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