I’m so sick of bully politicians pretending that they know more about my body and what my health care needs are than I do.
Out of touch men should not try to address how a woman’s body reacts to rape unless they are a doctor… and I’m pretty sure that Ron Paul is the only high profile elected official that is also a gynecologist. He’s also the only one who seems to have been able to keep his mouth shut regarding Todd Akin. For this I am grateful, because I’d be highly uncomfortable with Uncle Ron discussing girly bits.
To clarify: I don’t believe that men should be silent on all things regarding women and their health. They have wives, sisters, mothers and daughters – they should be invested in their rights and their well being. Issues like abortion and birth control clearly impact the male population in a significant way.
Sometimes, however, it is prudent to not speak about something you cannot fully understand. Rape is generally one of those times. It’s pretty simple messaging: You are against rape, you support women who have been raped, and you do not differentiate between different kinds. This is abortion politics 101. Rape bad. The end. Speaking as a woman who has also been a rape victim, I do not want to hear a man who clearly has no idea what he’s talking about discussing how my body reacts in that situation. It’s not helpful. In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite.
There have been many comparisons to rape gaffes from Joe Biden, etc. Fine. Joe Biden is an idiot. That’s a pretty low bar to set for a candidate, and anyone who claims to be a conservative should be better than that. This is also not an opportunity for pro-lifers to take a stand and flex their muscle. Todd Akin was not voicing a pro-life view. He was spewing nonsense and had no facts to back himself up. It was offensive. It was vile.
He should be better than this, and being utterly uneducated on such a basic issue is unacceptable at best. He needs to go.
The flip side of this is that it’s just as disgusting for Democrats to fear monger and raise money off it, to try to beat their women back into submission. Predictably, an email from Debbie Wasserman Schultz went out almost immediately following Akin’s comments, attempting to link the nonsense to Romney and Ryan.
Now, Akin’s choice of words isn’t the real issue here. The real issue is a Republican party — led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — whose policies on women and their health are dangerously wrong.
Obviously, this is total BS. But she has been doubling down ever since. Another email dispatched this evening said:
Romney, Ryan and the Republican Party are showing their true colors — and just how dangerous they will be for women if they’re victorious on Election Day. We can’t let them continue to say one thing to the public while privately pushing to make it harder for women to control their own bodies.
I suppose they feel that this is a less offensive message coming from a woman. The problem with this is that it’s blatant manipulation and a completely transparent pander to women. Even more offensive than a man ignorant of the effects of rape on my body is a woman who believes that my vote can be bought with shrieking rhetoric about how Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney want to be all up in my uterus.
Do Democrats truly not believe that women care about other issues? Women have been, far and away, more impacted by this recession than any other demographic. Unemployment, the national debt, education, health care… these are all issues that directly and significantly impact women and their families. There are many women who do not vote with their uterus. It’s insulting to assume that we’re just dumb enough to be terrified into voting against our own interests. It’s how they continue to enslave the black community. And the Hispanic community. And the gay community. No group is only impacted by one issue.
Bringing Romney and Ryan into this was a cheap political ploy with absolutely no relevance. The big picture issue is that government funded birth control and abortion access do not equate women’s health care. Wal Mart sells birth control for $4, and many of us would never have an abortion. If we did, there are plenty of places that would provide that procedure. There are no plans to shut that down. Unfortunately.
Instead of trying to bully women into voting for Obama, how about taking real steps to make health care affordable? How about giving women the power to choose their health care providers, and freeing up employers to provide the best health care available for women and their families? Can we start there?
I’m tired of demeaning politicians who think they know what I need better than I do. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, you do not know my health care needs, and your shrieking doesn’t scare me. Todd Akin, you do not know how my body reacts to rape.
Shut up. Stop making my uterus a political tool. Leave me alone.