Angry and Insulted Women Will Make The Republicans Pay In November

Egalitarian doctrine maintains that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status, and as  a political doctrine that all people should be treated as equals and have the same political, economic, social, and civil rights. In America, the concept of treating all people as equals has never taken hold, and failure to pass the Equal Rights Amendment is proof this country still does not consider women worthy of equal rights under the law. The deep-seated belief that women are inferior has as its basis the Christian bible and like the war on women and contraception, it is being waged by self-avowed Christian men.

There is a reason Republicans have not shied away from the war on women or their right to choose their own reproductive health. They comprehend that the majority of Americans who self-identify as Christians have been brainwashed since birth to believe women are inferior and require a man to direct every aspect of their lives. The Christian bible is rife with instances of women being relegated to less-than-equal status that starts in Genesis and ends in Revelation with the beast being referred to as a whore, or harlot. Various Christian denominations use terms like “god’s assigned roles” and “our creator suited women to fulfill their responsibilities,” that are code for women are inferior. It is convenient that Republicans claim barring them from imposing their beliefs on women is tantamount to attacking religious liberty, but on some level, according to their bible, they have god-given duty to dominate women and regardless the outrage and protest from women’s groups, the domination will not stop without an electoral ass-kicking in November.

The important message for women is that the only means of bringing the war on women to an end is removing every Republican from state and federal elected office before they relegate women to slave status stuck in the home giving birth and cleaning their man’s chamber pot. The war on contraception  has not abated and, in fact, has expanded despite the electoral consequences in November. Throughout the Republican presidential primary, Rick Santorum has been an outspoken critic of contraception and he was rewarded with victories in states with conservative evangelical majorities who believe, like Santorum, men are exercising their god-given right to control women and make their medical decisions for them. At an Americans For Prosperity summit, in the room next to where Santorum and Paul Ryan insisted the rule requiring insurance providers to cover contraception was an attack on religious liberty and nothing to do with contraception, a pro-life group handed out anti-contraception literature with the message that contraceptives could cause cancer and that the best choice for women was chastity. It typifies the bible’s premise that women are not capable, or allowed, to make the best choice because that is the man’s responsibility.

Santorum’s opponent, Willard Romney, may not be as outspoken a critic of women’s rights, but between his opposition to Planned Parenthood, support for the Blunt amendment, and his cult’s renowned opposition to equal rights for women, he is no better than Santorum. The Mormons issued a 20-point summary of why the church opposes an Equal Rights Amendment that can be distilled into a couple of points; it has serious moral implications, and an ERA “could endanger time-honored moral values.” The point is not, though, about the Republican hopefuls or sitting legislators pursuing an anti-women agenda, it is the people who support them.

It is beyond the pale that any woman would support a Republican who actively seeks to deny them equal rights or something as personal as making decisions about their reproductive health. One Republican Congressman understands that “these are very precarious times for women,” and that “it seems so many of your rights are under assault.” Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) is correct because women still earn less than men, are severely underrepresented in Congress, and suffer from health insurance inequities Republicans are fighting to perpetuate by eliminating the Affordable Care Act. Women make up over 50% of the population, and it is certain that not all of them subscribe to the bible’s prohibition on equality for women or the Republican’s hatred for contraception. In fact, 70% of women agree that the ACA’s requirement to cover contraception is a matter of women’s health and not religious liberty, but Republicans are banking on the religious right’s support to maintain domination over women. It brings up an important, but controversial point; it is nearly incomprehensible for an alleged “Christian” to support women’s equal rights, or something as fundamental as the right to choose their own reproductive health while they cling to the Christian bible’s tenets that women are inferior to men and therefore must subject themselves to a man’s authority.

There are Christians who support women’s right to choose, and this is not an indictment of their intents or motivations, but it is impossible to listen to an avowed Christian claim they support women as equals while they clutch that misogynistic book to their bosom as the guiding force in their lives. It is possible they cherry-pick the Jesus parts as the basis for their beliefs, but they cannot have it both ways and sift through the dogmata of women subjugating themselves to a man and claim to support equality for women.

America will only survive as a country founded on equal rights when women stand up and exert their considerable electoral authority. It is true that there are plenty of Christian women who are stuck in their cult’s mindset that men deserve the god-given right to dominate women, but it is unimaginable that the majority of women are willing to sit idly by while they are legally discriminated against at the hands of a few evangelical freaks and their legion of supporters. The Republicans seeking to cement their patriarchal authority in state legislatures, both houses of Congress and the White House are ill-inclined to relinquish their grip on women, but they are in the minority. There are also men who are fighting desperately to elevate women to the position they rightly deserve as better educated and politically savvy majority of the population, but they  cannot do it without women leading the way. It is not that some men are not well-intentioned, they just do not have the same stake as women and at the end of the day, it is not their lives that will be impacted by evangelical patriarchy. At best, men can work in the background as complements to women, but they will never be as invested as women who stand to lose decades of progress and a semblance of equality if conservative Christians win the war on women. The one thing that is certain though, is that the men who are fighting to achieve equal rights for women are infuriated that their wives, girlfriends, mothers, daughters, and sisters are being imposed upon by evangelical misogynists and it is not uncommon for them to express violence if this war goes much farther.

The Republican war on women is a religious effort to impose male domination on every woman in America and it is stunning that there are any women who would support or vote for a Republican. Since many men lack the will to challenge the evangelical drive to send women back to the Dark Ages to birth and serve their masters, it is incumbent on women to be active leaders and give weak-minded men the incentive to oppose Republicans and their bible-inspired male chauvinism before conservative Christians finally institute the bible’s prohibition on equal rights for women. The bible crowd will not be dissuaded by one small defeat, and history shows they are in a long-term war, but a crushing rebuke from decent Americans will certainly set them back at least a decade. Perhaps evangelicals underestimate the considerable electoral power and resolve women can call on, but it is an underestimation that will spell dire consequences for Republicans and their  evangelical supporters because women are angry, insulted, and sick and tired of being treated like second-class citizens and they have the motivation, intelligence and a small army of dedicated men to end this bible-induced war once and for all.

 

16 Replies to “Angry and Insulted Women Will Make The Republicans Pay In November”

  1. I’d like to thank the Republicans for finally coming out of the closet all of the way re their beliefs. Things should be pretty clear now for most Independents.

    Sadly, this means that we don’t have a viable second party to spur on legitimate debate and necessary checks. I can only hope that the Republican Party has a massive reassessment post 2012 or that they are replaced by a real conservative party, and by conservative, I mean real conservatives not this corporate ass kissing with Jesus plastered on the front of a 1% puppet that passes for conservative these days.

  2. Perhaps the most discouraging thing is those women who, instead of making anything better for themselves, seek to insure that no other women are given more opportunity than they are, and that every little girl have no illusions about “her place”. The ERA was defeated in large part by the efforts of Phyllis Schlafly, and Michele Bachman was running on a plank of Stepfordism. You note I have not even alluded to Sarah Palin, here, who is on a page of psychopathology all by herself. I am only stating that too much support has been given to misogynist women; it is considered permissible in a way that white supremacism among blacks is not; I can even remember when it was thought “cool”. It’s not. It never was, and it never will be.

  3. Taking our progress back fifty years or more. Brilliant. You wanna go back even further??? 1800s?????. Perhaps???? Are you nuts???

  4. Reynardine, I thought similar thoughts whilst reading this essay. Those women who have knuckled under to misogyny will go down to the death insisting that they did the right thing. Cognitive dissonance. Confirmation bias.

    What’s especially sick is their delight in punishing women who’ve taken a different tack, especially over issues of reproductive control and health.

    I see the old Catholic women protesters holding their signs near our local Planned Parenthood clinic as being a flock of brain-dead domestic geese. [Actual wild geese being much brighter and courageous than these women.]

  5. Yes, there are passages in the Bible which support the idea that women should be subserviant – and those passages have been seized on all to often and all too loudly.

    But there is also scripture which supports egalitarian views – for example Galatians 3:28 – “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

    Please do not think the loudest Christians represent all Christians.

  6. It’s a sickening spectacle to see women actually supporting this nonsense in states like Oklahoma and Arizona, not to mention Texas. People on the right frame the access to birth control as someone making others pay for her sex life, totally disregarding the fact that all of us subsidize each other. That’s part of living in a cohesive society. Yet, if birth control didn’t exist, they would be whining about the significantly greater number of unwanted kids who would require more of the “nanny state” services they deride just to survive. The GOP Congressmembers thought that the attacks on women’s reproductive rights and the Obama administration’s efforts to make BC available to all who want it–under the guise of religious freedom–would be a winning strategy. Although the Blunt amendment was defeated, we still have to deal with a bunch of ideologically driven old men with their patronizing attitudes about women as well as the women who enable their nonsense.

  7. It certainly is a domination situation. And I’m betting that the Republican women will lay down for it. Thank you sir may I have another. It’s been very mild of a situation up until now. If the Republicans win it will be far worse for women.

    This Christian domination and dominionism will not go away. And I am betting again that even if the Republicans win they will still lay down for it. And the real women of this country will pay for it

  8. Well-written and thoughtful article and it really gets to the heart of the matter. Thank you.

    I propose an “Access Denied” campaign to get men who love women invested in the success of our campaign to gain equal rights and equal status.

    Simple: No sex for men, until women have full and equal rights. And, it’s not a punishment for men who love women, it’s a strong motivator to actually DO something, rather than sit on the sidelines.

    My guess is that if even half of women in the US were to make this pledge and hold strong, then we would have our ERA passed in a matter of weeks.

    I really cannot think of another way. The women of ancient Greece used this technique to stop a war. I believe that we can use it to gain equal rights, or at least, rights to control our own bodies and make our own choices when it comes to healthcare.

    There is an “Access Denied” campaign that runs from April 28-May 5, although I think that is likely not long enough. Many men are signing up, too.

  9. Let’s go back 2500 years, or even 1500 years, when the Goddess was revered and loved as our Great Mother, the creator (and destroyer) of all life.

  10. I belong to the Episcopal Church which is headed by a woman primate. The old main line Protestant churches have more and more women as ministers, and leaders. If you don’t take a literal interpretation of the Bible, you’ll find that Jesus treated all equally and seemed to teach that we should do also. So don’t count the all the Christian women out. We are willing and able to put up a good fight. Join the “We are Women” on April 28th at your state capitol or larger cities. I know of three in Washington State.

  11. I’d rather see a ‘Women are taxpayers’ campaign.
    We have ignored, and let them ignore, the fact that women work and pay taxes.
    All the howlers who demand that ‘their’ tax dollars be used to reinforce their ideas ignore that women have a say in how their tax dollars are used.

    Let’s remind them.

    I want my taxes to pay for universal health care.
    I want my taxes to pay for abortions – no questions asked.
    I want my taxes to pay for mass transit and exceptional schools for all.

    All together, now.

  12. They are weak little women who are so mindless that they are completely codependent on their man. Their mothers taught them their only worth was serving their man, cooking, cleaning and popping out babies. They’re angered at the fact that there are women who can take care of themselves, have dreams and goals that often don’t include men. They want all women to be cowering little simps who depend on men for everything including their political leanings. I’ve been married to the same man for over 30 years and we have a good, strong marriage, so I’m not some angry “feminazi” or whatever Rush calls women like me. He should have as long and strong of a relationship in his life rather than women preying on his naivete and marrying him for what they will reap when they kick him to the curb. We have one daughter in her first year in college and we have raised her to be a strong woman. Not a “man hater” but confident enough for her to know she can doesn’t need a man to tell her what to do & when to do it.

  13. Both the right and the left regurgitate inaccurate portrayals of what they perceive the Bible’s position on women is. A scholarly look at the culture of the time will reveal that Jesus and writers of the Bible elevated the status of women above that which the society and religious establishments of the day put on them. In fact within true Christianity, the call is to mutual respect and understanding. You won’t find either political side presenting that. Clarifying the truth about the biblical position, however, is going to take a lot more work than a two-minute sound bite.

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