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Opinion: Treat Women Equally? This Means War!

Monday, May 07, 2012 - 02:47 PM

When Hilary Rosen lobbed her clumsy comments at Ann Romney, and inadvertently smacked the 23 percent of moms who are stay-at-home, it was just the latest shot in a campaign waged around women.

It came fresh on the heels of the faux "war on women" Republicans were supposedly waging, because they took feminism halfway seriously and felt that women, being equal to men, should also pay for their own birth control (after all, no one thought condoms should be included in insurance plans). The rage and the fury over the idea that people should pay for their own recreational sex took up more column inches than it should have.

The Democrats won the day by fudging the talking points to pretend women would lose access to all birth control if those evil white Republican men had their way. The GOP found itself stammering about the $7-a-month cost of birth control at Target, but because Rush Limbaugh called a 30-year old liberal activist who didn't want to pay for her own birth control a "slut", everyone had stopped listening.

It's hard to be a feminist when other women are trying to get the mostly male government to take care of us. Barack Obama isn't even trying to pretend women can make it on their own. His "Julia" campaign cartoon notes the way Obama personally will take care of a woman from her childhood through old age. Where would we women be without all the government programs Obama will ensure we get — and that dastardly Mitt Romney will take away from us?

Cradle to grave, a woman will be supported by the government. No similar cartoon was made about "John" and the way Barack Obama will gently guide him through his life, with the presumption, of course, being that a man will be working and paying his own way through his life while the little lady will sit back and watch the benefits roll in.

Such is the status of women in America. It used to be that liberalism pushed for an equality between the sexes. Now, any motion to treat women as equal to men is used as political ammo. An insulting, degrading cartoon portraying a woman as helpless without a man's help would have once caused an outcry for alleged feminists. No longer.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney chose Beth Myers, a longtime aide and confidant, to lead his Vice Presidential search, and the New York Times made sure to describe her as "maternal" and note that perhaps she was chosen because she was a woman and he needs to close the numbers gap with women voters. All her previous accomplishments, such as helping Mitt Romney crush Shannon O’Brien in the gubernatorial debates in Massachusetts, are secondary to her gender and ability to remember to provide Splenda for the staff.

It isn't fair to women, but it doesn't seem that anyone cares anymore. Treating a woman as equal to a man means you're waging a "war on women." No one will be taking that chance in an election year.

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Comments [5]

Steve D

"(after all, no one thought condoms should be included in insurance plans)"

No, but those same plans WERE paying for Viagra and Cialis. That was the original argument in a nutshell, that men's ED drugs were being paid for while female birth control was specifically excluded. You failed totally to mention that issue.

Jul. 04 2012 07:39 PM
listener

Julia? Didn't any of the geniuses in the Obama campaign read even the CliffNotes version of "1984" in school before they make fools out of their supporters by promising a statist utopia?

May. 07 2012 07:25 PM
JTR

Yep, no war on Women at all!

“You walk up to them [women] with a issue, they freak out right away. They go nuts. They get mad. They get upset, just like that. They have no patience because it’s not in their nature. They don’t have love. They don’t have love.”
“I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote, We should’ve never turned this over to women."

“And this probably was the reason they didn’t allow women to vote when men were men. Because men in the good old days understood the nature of the woman,” he adds. “They were not afraid to deal with it. And they understood that, you let them take over, this is what would happen.”

-Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Republican Fox News Contributor.

Yep, no War on women at all!

May. 07 2012 06:14 PM
MP

"the mostly male government"

The government isn't inherently male (in fact, while elected officials are overwhelmingly male, which is troubling, other government employees are not so unbalanced), and wanting the government to provide services that help women isn't equivalent to suggesting that women need a man's help to get through life. In fact, I believe most of those feminists you deride would want the government to be LESS dominated by men. It's no coincidence that most women elected to government disagree with you here. If there were more women in Congress and they, as one might expect, voted in favor of these things, would you then suggest that it's demeaning to women to be taken care of by a "mostly female government"?

And that's just one, minor, throwaway point you made - the whole article is riddled with such shoddy logic.

May. 07 2012 05:22 PM
SKV from NYC

I don't want to live in a country where women's control over their bodies and their fertility is based on their ability to pay. As long as women are the ones who get pregnant, insuring that they, and they alone, get to decide whether or not to do so is the real feminist position. I'm willing to pay my few cents of tax to make sure that it's each woman's option, and each woman's decision. Shame on you if you're not.

May. 07 2012 04:52 PM

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