Feb 16 2012

“Birth control? Just keep your legs closed, you sluts!”

Yeah… I am pretty much FULL of rage right now:

Appearing of MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell today, Foster Friess, the main donor to the Super PAC backing Rick Santorum’s presidential bid, dismissed the controversy surrounding President Obama’s new birth control rule by suggesting that women should just keep their legs shut. Asked if he worried that Santorum’s Puritanical views on sex and social issues could hurt the candidate in the general election, Friess offered a more home-spun family planning scheme:

FRIESS: On this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so inexpensive. You know, back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.

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    Must be longing for the bad old days when a woman was blamed for being raped and a husband can have sex with HIS wife whenever he wanted whether or not she did.

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    This level of stupid undercuts the endless propaganda that the ‘job creators’ have earned their wealth.

    He also doesn’t seem to be against birth control (not that this is effective or wise) so much as having insurance or the government helping. I wonder if he knows his puppet asserts that all birth control except Catholic approved methods (not that they are effective or wise either) are immoral.

    Also /shudder, Mr Freiss shares Uncle Chuckles vacant eyes, plastered smile, nodding head bland smarmy evil vibe.

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    Your Name's not Bruce?

    So why is it that all these religious right wingers (of whatever religion, it would seem) have this urge to control women at all cost? Are they afraid the world would come to an end if women were free? I really don’t get it. Why are they so threatened?

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    It is a power thing. Religion gives men domination over women. Increase female freedom means the men are being stripped of their power. They will of course try to explain it away as “God said blah blah blah” and so it is how it must be.

    Of course an even more cynical answer would be to say that they fear that if women have control of their own sexuality and bodies, they won’t get laid anymore.

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    Daniel Schealler

    Be soothed.

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    Oh my nonexistant gods. Andrea Mitchell’s reaction must have been GOLD in real time.

    Did that guy really just say that? I think he did.

    Um. Soothing things. Um…you know, I’ve just taken to assuming the whole Republican primary thing is a Poe.

  7. 7
    Daniel Schealler

    And again.

  8. 8

    You know me so well…

  9. 9

    Is there some place I can submit suggested targets to Anonymous? This guy should get hammered for this.

  10. 10

    Anonymous tends to hit people who try and shut down free speech, rather than people who say stupid things. To the best of my knowledge they hang out on 4chan, but I’d advise against trying to raise them as your personal army – they don’t like that.

  11. 11

    On the plus side, your writer’s block seems to be gone. That’s one positive effect of all this santorum that’s being spread around.

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    Right, the good ol’ days when manly-men roamed free in the unspoiled wilds, and all those wimminz and gays and coloreds knew their God-given subservient place. *goes aside to hurl*

    Cuteness antidote:

    Devil babies


  13. 13

    People talk about the end of American power like it’s a bad thing.

  14. 14

    Well this hardly qualifies as ‘writing’. I’ll be back to normal over the weekend.

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    We have better preventives than aspirin now. We have same-sex marriage. Someone should tell this guy and his altar-boy candidate.

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    Your Name's not Bruce?

    I see.

    Okay, it’s a good thing I don’t get it.

    It still amazes me that some of these dough-heads still think it’s right and good to think in this way, let alone speak these thoughts aloud so that others can hear them (and know them for who and what they are).

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    Of course an even more cynical answer would be to say that they fear that if women have control of their own sexuality and bodies, they won’t get laid anymore.

    Yeah…this is the part I’ve never been able to get. They’re saying “just keep your legs closed” to women who don’t want to get pregnant, instead of just embracing contraception. But aren’t men more likely to get laid if women don’t have to worry as much about unwanted pregnancy? Shouldn’t men *want* women to be “slutty”?

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    Exactly my thoughts. And wouldn’t they want to minimise the risk of having to pay child support?

    I guess in some perverted way they are trying to create circumstances that lower their odds of committing the horrible sin of getting laid.

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    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Cuteness always makes me feel better:


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    And those wimminz kept their legs closed all the time, so the only possible position was doggie-style, or what?
    Aaaaaah. There’s the logic. They’re trying to get around having to do missionary position all the time!

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    You know what? Fuck these guys. I am so angry today.

  22. 22
    'Tis Himself

    Is that a promise? Or a threat?

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    BT Murtagh

    Why specify the brand of aspirin? I’m thinking the man owns Bayer stock. There’s not a word comes out of these people’s mouths that isn’t intensely self-centered.

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    If you need something a bit more powerful I’ve got an otter in a bib.

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    Alexandra (née Audley)

    And those wimminz kept their legs closed all the time, so the only possible position was doggie-style, or what?

    Silly, Ysanne! Good girls don’t have sex *gasp!* doggie style *gasp!*! That’s filthy porno *gasp!* talk right there! Keep talking like that and the next thing you know, the reverse cowgirl *gasp!* will become normal.

    It’s not normal. We can’t have young ladies on top, doing the man’s job. No, siree. All good girls know that the only Jesus Approved™ sexy times are with their husbands, in a darkened room, missionary style, with no oral sex *gasp!* or unnecessary touching.

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    The thing that makes me laugh is that I can think of a few positions in which to have sex while still holding my knees together.

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    Hey, it could be worse. At least those idiots are saying this now. I’ve always felt that free speech is giving stupid people enough rope to hang themselves with.
    To me it this looks like Obama is going to win with a landslide, nomatter which of the republican clowns gets the nomination.
    It won’t yet trigger a 3rd party to get some influence, but if the republicans keep this up…

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    How sinful and perverted of you to omit the compulsory clothing for the occasion: Long, white, shapeless nightshirts with a slit at the right places.
    So as to conceive one’s children with as little filth as possible.

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    I don’t know whether to be glad that there’s still some part of me that’s innocent to sexist ideology or exasperated with myself that even after being on the Internet and living in a sexist community for over 10 years of my life, my reaction was pure bewilderment until I read the comments.

    “Asprin held between the knees? How the crap would that work?”

    Ooooooh. Slut shaming. Okay, I get it now.

    Weird euphemism is weird.

    @Rabidtreeweasel: At “asthma” to the list. Mine goes haywire every time I have PMS if I’m not on hormonal control.

  30. 30

    I liked the Mary Sue’s approach to the topic: cute animals every paragraph for distraction.

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    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    I completely approve of this contraception plan, and in the spirit of equality I’ve designed the male counterpart for the prudent republican.
    It is cheap and suits the manly-man’s DIY passion:
    Take a piece of sandpaper (coarse) and two elasticts. Wrap sandpaper firmly around your little republican and secure with elasticts.
    If you should become interested in sex, the sandpaper will take care of that.

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    I saw this on Andrew Sullivan’s blog this AM, along with his excoriation of the congressional republicans for holding a hearing on the whole contraception uproar to which they invited almost exclusively men (including a few catholic priests) to testify.

    This stuff infuriates me, but then I take a deep breath and remind myself that it would be a good thing if Rick Santorum were nominated because it’s hard to imagine a candidate for president who would do more to destroy any popular support for the republican party.

    BTW, as an ex-pat Canadian from Vancouver living in sunny Southern California, I want to thank you for keeping me up to date on the important happenings back home. I especially appreciate the postings on racism in Canada.

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    Well, Foster, back in your time Boudica still had her chariot. Pity she missed running you down.

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    'Tis Himself

    And don’t forget you wimmenz is supposed to think of England while the menz is doin’ the dirty with you.

    I don’t know why it’s England, but that’s traditional.

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    Veronica Abbass

    ‘Tis Himself says

    “I don’t know why it’s England, but that’s traditional.”

    It’s England because, as the story goes, Queen Victoria used a version of the phrase when giving advice to one of her daughters.

    See http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/close-your-eyes-and-think-of-england.html

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    Veronica Abbass

    Does Friess get a monetary reward for product placement (Bayer Asprin) in his comments?

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    Screencap from Naked Gun


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    Feeling calmer now? Soothed?

    Please share what you did to get there because every time I think about this moron, I get angry all over again. I think my skin might be turning green and I find myself thinking “HULK SMASH!”.

    I could use any soothing methods you tried that worked. I already tried lots of sex, drinking liquor and deep breathing. The best I can come up with now is to tell myself that I will never vote for Santorum, ever. If you have any other ideas, I’d love to try them. I do appreciate all the cute animals stuff; that worked some.

    I guess the only thing that will fully soothe me is for this stupid election to be over…and Santorum to go back to his hole.

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