The War on (Cardboard) Women

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As a woman, I’ve found the GOP’s eagerness to piss us off with all-male sperm-death panels, state-rape ultrasound-wand legislation, FCC-sponsored slut-shaming, etc., kind of puzzling. Not because the modern GOP has ever given a damn about women, but because it seems dumb for a party to go out of its way to alienate more than half of US voters in an election year.

But a post yesterday by Perfesser Heh Indeedy may reveal the real reason behind this disconnect: Conservatives still can’t tell an actual woman from a cardboard cutout:

WAR AGAINST WOMEN: Woman Raped At Occupy New Haven. #Occupyfail.

UPDATE: I suppose that this should come as no surprise considering the signals that have come from the very top of the Democratic establishment:

At the exact moment Jon Favreau is receiving high praise in pre-inaugural media puff pieces, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama (not Jon Favreau, the Hollywood actor/ director) finds himself in a minor mess over a photo from a recent private party showing him groping the breast of a cardboard cutout of Hillary Rodham Clinton as an unnamed pal wearing an “Obama staff” T-shirt kisses and feeds her beer.
If you haven’t seen it, imagine the early stages of the barroom rape scene of “The Accused” with Jodie Foster. Or think prosecutor Mike Nifong’s graphic (though false) descriptions of the Duke lacrosse party. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson danced to a similar tune at the 2004 Super Bowl. Fraternities have been closed for less.

Here’s the pic, in case you’ve forgotten. No word on whether Favreau was involved in helping accuse Republicans of running a “war against women.”

For my money, one of the best troll smack-downs in the history of the internet occurred right here on Balloon Juice when the Favreau controversy first erupted. I don’t think I can improve on the words our host used then to squash a nincompoop who was confused about the difference between an actual woman and a cardboard cutout, a brainless frat-boy prank and a hideous crime. So I will paraphrase Mr. Cole to address another nincompoop: Do you want to know what is like rape, Perfesser Heh Indeedy? Rape, you stupid fuck.

I’ll only add that every rape is a tragedy, and the wingnut obsession with any sexual assault that occurs in the same ZIP code as an Occupy encampment is creepy. But while Perfesser Heh Indeedy’s willingness to make political hay out of that particular woman’s personal tragedy is breathtakingly craven, it may shed light on a root cause of the gender gap in US politics. Therefore, it cannot be said that the Perfesser is altogether useless as a teacher.

[H/T: Alicublog; x-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/15/12 at 05:08 PM • Permalink

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The crap the GOP is flinging at woman is breathtakingly appalling. That some of the GOP doing the flinging is other women is absolutely mind boggling. And I can’t understand how ANY woman in her right mind would support any of these morons in the upcoming elections. The whole thing just has me blown.

I suppose that this should come as no surprise considering the signals that have come from the very top of the Democratic establishment

And all he can come up with is that stoopid stunt Favreau and Company pulled by allegedly molesting cardboard what, 3, 4 years ago?

Go home Perfesser.  It’s time to give up.

Clicking through Alicu to TBogg made my head explode a little—it’s like there’s a gleeful reaction among these human horror-shows that a rape happened near an Occupy site. It’s like, “Rape is terrible—but if it happens near some leftists, it’s all good.”

Whereas, in non-horror-show reality, it’s horrible if it happens anywhere, and I shudder to think about the dynamic regarding rape and homelessness, where women might be forced for economic reason to withstand abusive, coercive relationships. If anyone could be bothered to do something about that…

Oh.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/us/politics/violen ce-against-women-act-divides-senate.html?_r=3&partner=rs s&emc=rss

it’s like there’s a gleeful reaction among these human horror

Vixen, the fact they used #Occupyfail to describe this instead of something like #scumbagassertshismanlymannessbyforcinghimselfonawoman speaks volumes.

It also dilutes the focus on domestic violence by expanding protections to new groups, like same-sex couples, they say.

If they presented a “Violence against same sex couples act” then the GOP would be all for it, right?  I do think the act is misnamed.  It should be a ‘domestic violence’ act. Including ‘new groups’ doesn’t dilute this act.  Hell in 94 men wouldn’t have been thought to be victims of domestic violence but they are.  Would they be so against this if the act was expanded to include men?  Having said that, I don’t know if men are included.

but there are matters put on that bill that almost seem to invite opposition

Any violence against somebody shouldn’t be opposed.  That’s saying ‘yeah go ahead, beat their brains out’.  It doesn’t have to be physical beating either.

Go home Perfesser.  It’s time to give up.

No one has ever made me doubt the value of tenure like the the University of Tennessee’s Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law (except, maybe, the University of Wisconsin’s Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor of Law.)

So a woman in a tent near an OWS encompment is raped. The usual suspects on the right go apeshit. The assault is found to have nothing to do with OWS as per the police report.

Back in 2010, when our very existence as a sovreign nation was challenged by evil dictator Obamas plans for, gasp, partially nationalized healthcare, we were made privvy to an assortment of photos depicting tbaggers as patriots strapped with sidearms carrying protest signs of ObamaHitler. When someone say, a mile away from these protests was shot and killed, were the baggers blamed?

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