I have a few links in my tabs about the ongoing war on women that need highlighting, but I honestly don’t have a lot of time to give each of them the thorough treatment they deserve, so I figure I’ll do up a link roundup instead and revisit later. Or possibly in comments, if this post sparks conversation.
Ophelia’s got a post up wherein Bill Maher defends his having called Sarah Palin a cunt — but he’s totally not sexist. There are other examples of liberals acting like Rush Limbaugh, including Keith Olbermann. None of it’s okay. Sexism isn’t entirely the domain of the right, but at the very least, when we encounter members of our political stripe acting this way, we should damn well tell them to stop. I was honestly surprised there was so much pushback about my post last week calling Maher a “fucking idiot” over his repeated and constant sexism, but now I fully expect someone will chime in on the comments to tell me that Palin really is a cunt so it’s all okay.
Virginia Senator Ryan McDougle has supported adding one more shaming hoop for women to jump through before they’re allowed to get abortions — in this case, being forced to endure a transvaginal ultrasound. That’s when they stick an ultrasound wand in your vagina to get an image of your internal organs and uterus. Since he’s evidently so interested in finding out what’s going on in women’s vaginas, women have taken to leaving him updates on the status of their vaginas on his Facebook page. Reminds me of the Tell Vic Everything meme in Canada, shaming Vic Toews for his proposed laws allowing the government warrantless access to your internet history and all identifying information. These memes are evidently effective, though we’re losing fight after fight here in Canada because of Harper’s majority government.
The Catholics are getting heavily involved in this war, I expect because they see it as a good way to advance their generally anti-women views. Bishops are ordering Catholic hospitals to let women die if abortions might save their lives, because it’s far less sinful to let the stillborn fetus kill the mother than to dare to try to save her life. And the Church, recognizing that they’re generally on the wrong side of every single medical issue to do with women, have rebutted by saying “nuh-uh”. No, seriously, they’re claiming to be the staunchest supporters of women’s health care despite being anti-contraception, anti-abortion, anti-sexual-health, anti-STD-vaccine, et cetera… because they help provide water in impoverished nations, which frees women from their water-carrying duties. Seriously. SERIOUSLY.
And frequent FtB commenter WilloNyx chronicled two days worth of fighting on Twitter between a so-called nice guy, and all the women he offended when he repeatedly trolled the #ididnotreport hashtag to tell women that they were right not to report their rapes because none of them were raped. He told women that because they were dating, they weren’t raped; because both parties were intoxicated, they weren’t raped; because the guy was intoxicated but the girl not, she wasn’t raped (because she wasn’t “mistreated”. Empathizing with the man in a situation where the woman was obviously raped encourages rape culture, and yet this guy — who admitted he took advantage of “several” drunk women and lives in fear of being accused of rape — has the temerity to call himself a “nice guy”. Words fail.
I’m sure there’s tons more that merits discussion. Feel free to post a link or two (but not three — Akismet will mark it as spam) in the comments.