Central to the political agenda of men’s rights activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a “right” to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman’s right to an abortion—an argument that highlights the intersecting bigotries embedded in the men’s rights movement.
A lot of #LiesToldByFemales are women claiming to adhere more closely to traditional gender roles than they actually do, to present themselves as more chaste and more submissive than they actually are.
Talking Points Memo reported today that Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, already controversial for his demeaning and offensive comments, and his support for Congressman Todd Akin, attacked law student and women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke.
Dear Representative Trent Franks and other anti-choice politicians: Stop claiming you care about women and babies. You didn’t care about me when I was raped, and you don’t care about the suffering of American people. How dare you suggest otherwise.
In the aftermath of his most recent demeaning and misogynistic tirade against women, this time aimed at Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh has been hemorraghing advertisers. Last night, yet another sponsor pulled his support: Satan.
Herman Cain’s campaign went beyond traditional sexism in politics and political reporting, and beyond traditional victim-blaming and skepticism, in part because the campaign enrolled women to attack other women. Cain might be out of the race, but the Women For Herman Cain are not. Their votes are as much in play as ever, and I don’t know that there’s much that progressives can do to change their minds.
Recent behavior by anti-choice activists and anti-choice politicians demonstrates how little the anti-choice movement has to do with “life”, and how much opposition to abortion is rooted in a stew of shame and sexual obsession.
Answer: nothing. Except for anti-choice fanatics, who must realize on some level that Casey Anthony gives lie to their whole argument that every sexually active woman is ready to be a mother, and just needs a little force to see it.
A vote by New Hampshire officials not to renew with Planned Parenthood has left thousands of women without no access to birth control and other primary reproductive health care. And as the statement of one councilor reveals, the real agenda is not (just) about abortion services, but to punish women for sex
If the personal is political, it seems it would extend that women’s own experiences with miscarriage would lead to sympathy for those facing similar losses. But as Bachmann talks about her miscarriage, she promotes policies that result in miscarriages of justice.