It would be an exercise in futility to quantify hate in America because there is an abundance of groups that a certain segment of the population abhors based on racism, socio-economic status, and ancient religious mythos. There is an alarming increase in the hatred of women, and according to feminist theory, misogyny manifests itself in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women. It is an outrage that in 21st Century America, after generations of struggle and progress, the level of hatred targeting women is increasing, and it is primarily the purview of conservative Christians. Equally spectacular is the number of conservative women misogynists supporting and working hand-in-hand with Republican men to assign all women the roles dictated in the Christian bible, and whether they comprehend it or not, they are punishing themselves, their female family members, and every woman in America.
After Willard Romney tap-danced around the abortion issue on Wednesday, for a minute it appeared he softened his stance to appeal to women and voters in the middle with his assertion that “there’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.” It was classic Romney mendacity and belies the statements he has made throughout the Republican primary and general election campaign, and in typical Romney fashion, he walked back his comments two hours later when his campaign stated, “Governor Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life” to fit the extremist Christian pro-life crowd’s demand that America follow Old Testament edicts instead of the U.S. Constitution and established law.
Romney fits the feminist theory of misogyny exquisitely, and for good measure throws in a healthy dose of Mormon ideology on women’s role in America. Romney, and his running mate, Paul Ryan, have established their position on women’s rights that should frighten every semi-intelligent woman in America, but unfortunately, when religious fanaticism, racism, and self-hatred enter the picture, an alarming percentage of America’s women become little more than tools to expedite an environment for women that will rival the harshest Islamic theocracy.
For the record, Romney supports the Blunt Amendment, defunding Planned Parenthood, a national Personhood Amendment, overturning Roe v. Wade, and his running mate co-sponsored Todd Akin’s Sanctity of Human Life Act (legitimate rape law), and voted six times against gender equality in pay, against expanding protections for battered women, and against education funding. It is gross understatement to assert Romney and Ryan represent a clear and present danger to America’s women, and yet every woman who intends to vote for the masters of misogyny are culpable for the impending patriarchal doom the Republican Party and bible prescribe.
The national personhood amendment Romney supports arguably becomes a ban on contraception that forces all women to become perpetual birth machines as well as making most forms of birth control murder weapons, and defunding Planned Parenthood denies millions of American women access to birth control as well as life-saving cancer screenings. Romney criticized President Obama for promoting hiring more teachers, and his promised cuts to education primarily affects women who make up 76% of the nation’s teachers. Ryan votes against equal pay for women as a matter-of-course, and Romney remains non-committal for fear of alienating women more than his wife and her elitist attitude toward working women.
Mrs. Willard’s support for her husband’s agenda epitomizes what is wrong with conservative women stuck in biblical hell themselves, and is assisting Romney and Republicans to relegate all women to second-class status as birth machines and underpaid slaves. If they aspire to work outside the home or not, they should be subservient to men like Willard whose cult elevates men to god status to dominate women. In fact, every single one of the misogynistic positions Romney and Republicans hold regarding women’s rights, reproductive health, equal pay, access to healthcare, and protection from abuse is about male superiority set forth in the bible and Book of Mormon.
After observing the Republican war on women since the start of the 112th Congress, it is mindboggling that any woman would support a GOP candidate for president of the United States. Romney attempts to appeal to women as their economic salvation, but if they imagine being stuck home churning out a baby-a-year, or taking a job for less pay than a man is going to earn them the American Dream, they are as deluded as the conservative misogynist’s field-manual (bible) is fantasy. Romney has made it crystal clear his allegiance is to the wealthy and not America’s women or their right to equal pay, reproductive health, or ability to decide when they give birth. Willard exposed his true feelings about women when he refused to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s disgusting remarks about Sandra Fluke, and although he claimed he would have used different language, he certainly agreed with Limbaugh’s message. His pro-life position eliminates women’s right to choose their own reproductive health, and defunding Planned Parenthood guarantees low-income women lose cancer screenings and contraception assistance.
It is no mystery why misogyny is rampant in America, or why it is unique to Republicans, Christian conservatives, and Mormons; it is simply because they adhere to archaic Jewish mythology found in the Christian bible. Maybe women who support Republican misogyny suffer from Stockholm syndrome and identify so strongly with their captors that the idea of punishing every other woman in America is not only acceptable, it is appealing. However, every vote for Romney or his Republican misogynist cohort is a vote against their daughters, sisters, and mother’s well-being and hope for equality, and regardless how much they hate American women, one would think familial instincts would engage and they would oppose men like Romney.
Republicans are the party of hate and their standard bearer, Willard Romney, has proven he is the avatar of hate toward the American people, but especially women. There is not one single Romney policy that does not adversely affect most of the population, and that includes the 47% Romney writes off as parasites, but especially women. At least Romney’s hatred of 47% of Americans was spoken at a private fundraiser, his hatred of America’s women, though, is expressed in every stump speech, interview, and press conference, and unfortunately it invigorates conservative Christian women who intend on forcing every woman in America to share in their biblical hell as subservient birth machines and underpaid slaves which is precisely what Romney is selling the American people.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.