A Fluke candidacy sends a message that young women will not just serve supporting roles in the political process, but will help make the rules in the primary institutions of power themselves.
The underlying problem of the anti-choice movement is that all their arguments go back to the fundamental belief that what strangers do with their own bodies is somehow their business. No matter how hard they try to deny it, this underlying assumption is easy enough to see across a variety of issues.
While it is true that Republicans are attacking abortion rights at every turn, rhetorically, “abortion” is a dog whistle word to stir up conservative anxieties about sexual freedom.
Remember that time NARAL lined people up against a wall and shot them? Yeah, me neither.
While many advertisers quickly denounced the cigar-chomper’s overt misogyny, Limbaugh’s evangelical base rallied to keep the advertising dollars flowing.
Teaparty Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told women to hop on the popular search engine in the event they were seeking birth control and could not afford it. Well.. at least he didn’t tell them to Google “aspirin between the legs.”
Like any good abuser, Rush is still searching for his excuse. This time by challenging NOW President Terry O’Neill statement of the obvious in a speech made in New Orleans.
Back in the day, we talked and connected and networked to get organized. Today, led by my younger sisters, we are doing just the same. We didn’t “chit and chat.” We organized against the abuses of power, just as we do today. This is the best history report I could imagine reading during women’s history month. Let’s keep writing this report.
As a woman living with HIV and working with HIV-positive women throughout the U.S., I know all too well what character assassinations, funding restrictions, and the overall environment can do to women.
Amidst the controversy around Rush Limbaugh and birth control coverage, there have been some missed opportunities to dive deeper into the underlying issues. What I had hoped (and continue to hope) for is space for a more nuanced discussion about privilege, sex and sexuality, and feminism.