It’s a man’s world
Take extreme Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s recent statement that babies conceived through rape are a gifts from god, thereby making rapists agents of the holy ghost.
In Virginia, a law will soon pass that will require women to undergo a medically unnecessary vaginal probe before having an abortion. Unnecessary and unwanted vaginal penetration is “rape” by any civilized standard, so it is bizarre that a state government would force doctors to do something so despicable. Republican complaints about government overreach fly out the window when it comes to forcing doctor’s to perform punitive procedures on women.
On Thursday, a Congressional hearing on birth control included a panel of men — and only men –organized by California Republican Darrell Issa. Reports Erin Gloria Ryan:
From Issa’s opening statements that “a man’s conscience” should guide laws in America (and his failure to see the irony in using masculine nouns in a hearing that was ultimately about female parts) to his interrupting of DC’s Eleanor Norton when she angrily requested clarification of rules, the entire hearing was was a tone deaf symphony that showcased just how delusional religious men who feel persecuted by the wide availability and accessibility of the pill actually are.
It may be 2012 but it sounds like a throwback to yesteryear when men were men and women were property.
While the above examples remind us that a current of misogyny still runs through politics and religion (and elsewhere), this is not an issue of men against women. A female Fox News* commentator recently said women should expect to be raped by their fellow soldiers if they join the military because apparently men are by nature, rapists. The problem isn’t the rape, it’s that women soldiers expect to be free from such attacks.