Daily Kos: GOP Women Couldn't Possibly Be Pro-Women
Kaili Joy Gray at the Daily Kos obviously subscribes to the tired old theory of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz that the Republicans are waging a "war on women." On Thursday, she mocked the idea that GOP women like Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota could speak for the fairer sex.
Noem told the AP "The Republican agenda is indeed pro-woman. It is pro-woman because it is pro-small business, pro-entrepreneur, pro-family and pro-economic growth." Gray wouldn't tolerate that:
Since Republican women are fairly new to this whole feminist thing, only recently having traded in "feminazi" for "mama grizzly" and Phyllis Schlafly for Susan B. Anthony, it's understandable that they'd be confused about how this pro-woman thing works.
Like, for example, that contrary to Rep. Sandy Adams' apparent belief, a vagina is not, ipso facto, a feminist credential.
Or that the Republican Party's agenda of tax cuts for the rich and screw everyone else doesn't actually benefit women...
Or that redefining rape, defunding health care, and even fighting against tax incentives for breastfeeding is pro-woman.
Or that remaining silent when a woman is physically assaulted at a Republican rally is pro-woman.
Or insisting that feminist organizations are only allowed to call out sexism when it's leveraged against someone who shares their political ideology is pro-woman.
Of course, these newly minted feminists of the Republican Party want us to know that Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann don't speak for them, so maybe it's unfair to hold them accountable for the insanity spewed by the dueling queen bees of the conservative fauxminist movement.
On the other hand, these women haven't exactly taken any stands against their party's blatantly anti-woman agenda, or against the lipsticked figureheads of their "We can be feminists too!" movement. They haven't signed on to any of the proposed legislation that would actually help women, like H.R.894, the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011. Not a single Republican woman has signed on to H.R.1519, the Paycheck Fairness Act. And as for their all-too-eager endorsement of denying health care to women, well, sorry, girls, but that's not very pro-woman either.
The Democratic Party doesn't exactly have a flawless pro-woman record either, of course. But, unlike the Republican Party, sending women back to the 18th century isn't part of its official agenda. Every pro-woman piece of legislation, even if it doesn't pass, is introduced and co-sponsored by Democrats. Just about every anti-woman piece of legislation, on the other hand, comes from Republicans.
So, Republican women, if you're serious about showing how pro-woman you really are, here's a suggestion: switch parties.