Because It's Easy To Sell Out Women

by: Natasha Chart

Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 08:00


I remember that at the turn of the century (ha! I've always wanted to get to write that) it seemed like you couldn't read a news outlet anywhere that wasn't running articles on Islam 101 and the institution of Sharia law in some country. In one such article I read, a clerical commentator, iirc, was talking about why the veil was such a big deal to newly instituted Islamic governments.

He said, roughly, that it was because it was a lot easier to prove your piety by insisting that women cover themselves than it was to give up banking with interest.

I've always thought of that story when people go tediously on about the huge, innate cultural differences between Us and Them. It isn't only that women haven't been able to vote in the US for even a full 90 years, that we're only at about the 150 year mark for meaningful property rights for married women, that the states never ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, that women get paid less than men, etc. It's also because still today, our rights and health are often the first bone offered up on the altar of bipartisan consensus.

For the sake of people who believe that undifferentiated cell balls are people, the Democrats routinely ignore the interests of those who believe that women are people. Hence, the uterus remains the only organ that the state can require any adult living or dead to donate the use of for anyone else's sake.

The health financing reform fight has been no exception to this trend, and I don't know if I'm even capable of conveying how angry it makes me that Obama's signaling he's willing to gut reproductive health coverage in even private insurance plans, and almost certainly to exclude it from any public option, just so he can stake a claim to being the "last" president to deal with health care.

If you like the coverage you have, you can keep it. Probably. Unless you're a chick.

Public Christians in US politics can easily prove their piety to peers by punitively, and only, making life harder for women. They are not asked to prove moral fitness by driving out moneychangers, helping the poor, showing mercy, clothing the naked, exemplifying forgiveness, showing hospitality to strangers, being humble, keeping prayer private, sheltering the homeless, ministering to prisoners or feeding the hungry. Indeed, if indifferent cruelty is a spiritual virtue, then majorities in Congress are surely bound for heaven. Such as it would be. Whatever faith that is, it isn't in the Bible, a book I've had to read through cover-to-cover at least twice.

Which also therefore qualifies me to inform you that 'the b*tches got it coming' is neither in the Gospel, which isn't the law, nor the Constitution, which is. Read up.

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Bipartisans agree (4.00 / 3)
girls are icky.

Montani semper liberi

Damn (4.00 / 2)
Reproductive rights was, IIRC, about the only actual progressive issue where Obama had a solid record in the Senate (not that he especially touted that on the campaign trail).

This news is not too surprising, though, given his penchant for chiseling the mortar out of the wall between church and state. It's a little late for NARAL to notice, though, isn't it?


thank you (4.00 / 3)
for writing about this.  I have been so mad and frustrated about women's reproductive freedom being thrown under the bus in the healthcare debate.  

There seems to be a persuasive silence around the issue, as if it is totally acceptable.  


Women are no different from gay Americans. (4.00 / 3)
He'll take our votes, our money and our time, and hand us over to our enemies at the first opportunity.

Montani semper liberi

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If you liked Bush, you'll love Obama! (4.00 / 1)
Please change your signature, at long last.

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I'm neither a woman, nor gay (4.00 / 2)
yet I feel the same way.


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


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Maybe you could talk to Jon Favreau? (4.00 / 1)
He could write a great speech on this!

I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse -- I will not retreat a single inch -- AND I WILL BE HEARD.  

Sure, after he takes a break from groping replicas of powerful (4.00 / 2)
women, he could so totally nail this issue!

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Nobody could have predicted (0.00 / 0)
nt

I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse -- I will not retreat a single inch -- AND I WILL BE HEARD.  

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Yup...the greatest speech evah on women's rights. (0.00 / 0)


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Thank you for writing this. n/t (4.00 / 2)


This sounds eerily similar (4.00 / 1)
to how the reason FDR was able to get the Southern Dems to vote for the New Deal was because they saw it as a good opportunity to screw the colored people by leaving them out of it.

This Is Why I Never Bought (0.00 / 0)
the push by people on women to rally 'round Obama after the primary because of abortion rights.  The Dems have been selling women out on abortion rights for 30 years.  Obama isn't really any worse in this regard, but there were plenty of indications he wasn't any better (for an example, see here).  

Richard Nixon endorsed the ERA.  In 2004 the Dems removed it from their platform.  Yet, women are still one of their most reliable voting blocs.   Because supposedly we have no where else to go.  Well, last year was absolutely the last time this woman voted for a Republican, even if he happened to have a (D) after his name.  I'll support good Democrats (or Greens or whatevers), but I couldn't care less if the rest of them win election or not.  And if Obama doesn't shape up, he's not getting my vote in 2012.  I don't care what freak show the GOP runs against him.  I've had it with the party that sells out my freedom as the first step in any negotiation (they did the same thing with poor women and birth control in the stimulus).


Oh my, that's horrible! (0.00 / 0)
all these guys do is cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave, cave ...

we need  better dems. period.


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Because It's Easy To Sell Out Women

only if we allow them to

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