Friday, April 6, 2012

The GOPs War on Women, Caterpillars, and Lady Business...Oh My!

If you are at all connected with me on social media, you already have seen (5 million times) how I feel about the news this week. The GOP is trying to blame democrats and the media for creating a "false" belief that the republicans are waging a war against women. 

Rachel Maddow from MSNBC really summed it up on her show Thursday night:  
You know, I think there`s just one piece missing from what otherwise is obviously a perfect analogy of women as caterpillars. I think there`s just one thing missing. If Democrats said that Republicans had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media said we had a war on caterpillars, the Republican Party would not then just automatically have a problem with caterpillars. There is a missing piece of this analogy here, right?
In this analogy, what Reince Priebus is missing is the part where the
Republican Party introduces hundreds of pieces of legislation all over the
country attacking the rights of caterpillars, which in his analogy is in
fact what the Republican Party has been doing.
The Republican Party in this analogy has to be seen as a radically,
what, anti-cocoon party? Anti-caterpillar, pro-cocoon -- sacrifice the
caterpillar, save the cocoon? Metamorphosis? I don`t know.
You can view the whole segment by heading over to her show website (seriously go watch the full thing!).

The whole comparing the war on women to a war on caterpillars really isn't as strange as it seems considering who we are talking about. The Republican Party is known for off-the-wall analogies (gay marriage will lead to man & dog marriages anyone?).
The problem is, GOP, that you talk a big talk and you are trying to beat women back into a 1950s ideal of women and their rights, but will not own up to it. As Rachel said, you earned it you did everything in your power to make it happen, so why won't you embrace it?

Oh...what's that you say? You are losing all of the women voters? So now you don't want to talk about all of the measures you've been putting in place to limit us and make us second class citizens?

Grow up. You are adults, seriously, do I really need to point this out? I am a woman, and I will not have a group of misogynistic old men try to govern my body. It is not a piece of land for you to conquer.

Then there is the method of deflection. Not only do they blame the "fake war on women" on others (because they did absolutely nothing to make women feel that way) they also try and assert that women do not care about these issues. They try to cover up gender warfare with half-hearted attempts at pretending they see women as people. They talk about how women care about jobs and the economy (you mean we have brains!?) but say that we do not care about the issue of contraception.

So blaming others, war on women, deflection tactics, undermining women by pretending that we don't care about you setting us back 60 years with regards to our rights, and shaming. Let's not forget the shaming. I am not just talking Rush Limbaugh and his language for women on birth control (wish his mother would have used some), but all of the filth coming out of GOP members with regards to women.

How about Tucker Max and his response to Planned Parenthood's refusal of his attempt at a donation. I wonder what could have made them refuse to take his money? Could it be his very vocal opinions about how he does not support PP. He all but stated that the donation was a tax fluke. Also, his very mature response further proved that PP made the right decision (he very quickly took this post down, but not before someone got a screen shot).

I really am so baffled by the whole situation, but I want to hear from others! What do you think about the war on women? Does it exist? Why won't the GOP own up to their actions? What are you going to do about it?

Monday, April 2, 2012

World War Women

Today I am floored by what I am reading. Every day it becomes more and more apparent to me that the war on women is back with a vengeance. Although we already fought for our rights 50 years ago and we are still fighting for the same rights afforded to men now we seem to be reverting, fighting for the rights WE ALREADY HAVE. I just cannot handle this anymore. I am not a second-class citizen. My body is not land for you to rule over. Trying to promote "life" with violence is terrorism (tell me I'm over-exaggerating all you want).

I never thought that I would have to fight this war. I am tired of hearing that some legislature or politician is trying to govern my body and restrict my rights. I don't see anyone lobbying for a ban or restriction that would affect men (why don't we stop covering Viagra on health insurance!?). Don't tell me this war isn't real, don't tell me that I have the same rights afforded to men, and don't tell us to be quite because we aren't going anywhere.

Here is some of the stuff that has me riled up today.

Wisconsin Planned Parenthood bombed

Two and a Half Men creator Lee Aronsohn  told the Hollywood Reporter that he’s sick of female-centered comedies because “Enough ladies. I get it. You have periods,” and declared that “we’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.”

Romney's Assault on Women

Why Women are Abandoning the GOP

Have anything else to keep my blood-a-boiling? Please share and feel free to comment and discuss these articles below I am very interested in other's reactions to all of this.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mad Men Musings

At the very start I am completely shocked to see Betty. Even at the worst times with Don she never let her appearance go, so I am itching to find out what the issues are in her new marriage. I am also intrigued by them addressing the issue of women taking diet pills to 'please men' as Betty's mother-in-law put it.

Of course upon going to the doctor to ask for diet pills they found a lump on Betty's thyroid. There is obviously more than just this going on with her because even before she found out about the lump she was making excuses about doing things (and then made excuses about going to the doctor's). Obviously she has issues not only with the weight. Although she is not my favorite person in the show (in fact I have hated her for a long time) I feel a lot of compassion with her. She went searching for happiness in a new husband and life and doesn't seem to have found it, and unfortunately she does not have a whole lot of options to rectify that.

They are hitting on a topic that has been intertwined in the underbelly of this show from the start—the pressure on women to look a certain way. This was of course addressed when Peggy was pregnant, but to have it happen without that being the reason is new. I hate feeling like I have missed a huge portion of this show during its hiatus. Okay so I just looked it up and the new season started with Memorial Day 1966 and the fourth season began in November 1964, so there's a better understanding of how much time we missed.

Back to this episode. I do not like Harry at all. I think he has taken the place of my least favorite character. It started with how he acted last week and it got even worse this week. He doesn't seem to care about anything anymore, and I remember him being the good guy back at the old office.

I just don't understand. What happened with his marriage? Why is he acting like such a child? When did he become the biggest a-hole on the show? I guess it just frustrates me so much because I feel betrayed by this character—he caught me off guard. Or perhaps I never paid enough attention to him and he has always been like this?

On to another topic. Megan really showed her true colors and immaturity with her reaction to Betty potentially having cancer. 'That sucks, there's nothing you can do, get dressed we are going to hang out with my friends.' She basically threw a hissy fit when Don showed and expressed that he was a bit overwhelmed and not feeling up to it. Don actually cares if Betty is sick or not and how it is going to change things if the worst should happen. He is totally right in being concerned about Megan's age and what kind of responsibility will fall to them should Betty get sick and die. I don't think Megan really grasped the potential reality she is traveling towards.

Maybe I should reconsider when I am writing this because writing it as I go along may be great for sorting my thoughts and making sure I address everything I want, but things change so quickly and it completely makes my previous statements useless. (My response to finding out Betty does not have cancer. Not that I'm upset that she's not sick, just upset I was writing as if she were).

The episode is almost over and I am exhausted. Sorry folks, if anyone is reading, that's all I have for this week. If something completely unbelievable happens at the end I will update tomorrow! Now go drink a martini or an old fashioned or something!