This is sexist and also a thing that happens. And really funny. Ow, my ladyconscience.
(What makes it sexist is the implication that this kind of mentality/behavior is specific to women. There are, of course, many male versions of this. Oh boy, are there.)
So this happened today.
“She… was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.” – Todd Akin re Claire McCaskill’s debate performance
It also happened last year.
“You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!” – Allen West re a speech made on the House floor by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, July 2011
And the year before that.
“I’ll treat you like a lady. Now act like one.” Arlen Specter, re Michelle Bachman interrupting him, January 2010
I’ve decided to stop looking.
Here’s an interesting exercise. Google “not a lady” and “not a gentleman” (with the quotes.) Take note of how many results, comparatively, are personal attacks.
Please take a moment to sign this petition, asking Facebook to apply its Anti-Hate Speech policy to ‘slut-shaming’ pages.
Easy. In Virginia, first Governor Bob McDonnell signs a law that says abortion clinics will be subject to the same regulations as hospitals. (Not outpatient clinics that do things like plastic surgery or oral surgery, mind you, just abortion clinics.)
Then you pass a bunch of regulations for new hospital
construction (like minimum hallway widths and specific ventilation systems),
and remove the clause that exempts existing hospitals.
Voila! All 20 abortion providers in Virginia will have to
make costly renovations, endangering their ability to continue operating.
The Virginia Board of Health didn’t want to do it. When they
passed the regulations in June, they grandfathered in the existing clinics. But
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli threatened the Board with legal and financial
consequences if they failed to remove the exemption, and for good measure,
Governor McDonnell appointed a new Board member – Dr. John Seeds, vice chairman
of the anti-abortion group OBGYNS for Life. Lo and behold, they got what they
Google ‘Virginia’ ‘Cuccinelli’ ‘abortion’ to learn more.
Remember the law in Arizona that allows a doctor to withhold information from a patient if the doctor believes it may lead the patient to choose to have a legal abortion? Here’s Part 2.
Pending legislation in Arizona would:
1 – Repeal the standing requirement that employers who cover
prescription medication also cover birth control.
2 – Require female employees
who want covered birth control to submit a claim proving that they need it for a medical
condition, rather than for contraception.
3 – Allow employers to fire a female employee if they
discover she is taking birth control for contraceptive purposes – even if she
purchases the medication outside the employer’s health plan.
(You have to look closely to find the firing part. It’s not
explicit – rather, they REMOVED the following language:
“A religious employer shall not discriminate against an
employee who independently chooses to obtain insurance coverage or
prescriptions for contraceptives from another source.”
See what that does?)
The AZ House passed it in March. The AZ Senate rejected it,
but scheduled a revote, which as far as I can tell is still pending.
To learn more, Google some combination of:
‘arizona’ ‘hb 2625’ ‘fire’ ‘birth control’
Witness “The Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice”, a 1971 anatomical textbook that uses erotically posed models.
Per the author, “Since the majority of medical students still tend to be males, we have liberalized this text by making use of the female form…. The student will see the ordinary specimen every day. Only on rare occasions will the attractive, well-turned specimen appear before him for consultation. He should be prepared for this pleasant shock.”
Publication was short-lived, thanks to pesky feminists. (If
you want more outrage than the article provides, read the comments.)
Not only did Belvedere Vodka create this astonishing ad, it used the featured woman’s image without her permission.
If a woman is raped, and IF the attack leaves physical evidence (ie she’s conscious, no condom, etc.), and IF she reports the crime immediately and submits to a three-hour physical exam, and IF the attacker’s DNA is already in the FBI’s database, there’s a good chance he’ll be prosecuted, right?
Prosecutor Kym Worthy has been using federal grant money to
begin testing Detroit’s backlog of 11,303 rape kits. They were found in a
police warehouse in 2009. No one knows how long they’ve been there, but many
are beyond the statue of limitations for prosecuting rape.
Within the first 153 kits tested, they found 21 serial
rapists (the DNA matched multiple victims), and 38 more matched DNA already in
the FBI’s database. In one instance, five women were raped and murdered by the
same man – a convicted rapist who’d been released. Had the first kit been
tested as soon as it was entered, those women might still be alive.
More than 70% of rapists are repeat offenders. It’s
estimated that hundreds of thousands of rape kits are currently sitting on
shelves, untested, across the US. Rape kits cost up to $1500 to test, and are
often considered “low priority” by police.
To learn more, read the article below, then Google ‘Debbie
Smith Act’ and ‘SAFER Act’.
A pregnant woman gives her employer a doctor’s note saying she shouldn’t lift more than twenty pounds. Her employer refuses to accommodate her. She suffers a miscarriage following a shift doing heavy lifting, and is subsequently fired.
And the answer is… LEGAL.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 makes it illegal to discriminate against pregnant women in the workplace, meaning they can’t be treated worse than non-pregnant employees. But it does not require employers to make accommodations for pregnant employees – like avoiding strenuous work, or allowing them to carry a water bottle (pregnant women have been fired for both.)
Yesterday, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was introduced into the Senate. It would extend disability laws to pregnant women, requiring that employers make accommodations necessary to their health.
Click the link for a fact sheet about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and a letter you can send to your representative. Also, Google Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to learn more.
Speaking of schools, blue states judge not, lest ye be judged.
A study of sex ed in New York public schools from 2009-2011 found… A big fat mess. Some highlights:
- Nearly 2-in-3 districts excluded any mention or depiction of external female genitalia from anatomy lessons. One district defined the vagina as a “sperm deposit.”
– Most districts did not teach information about bullying
(63 percent), and many did not teach about sexual harassment (42 percent),
sexual assault or rape (28 percent).
– LGBTQ students are largely stigmatized or ignored
entirely. Less than half of the districts provided any instruction about sexual
– Heterocentric bias dominates. One commonly used textbook
addresses only “traditional marriage,” defined as “an emotional, spiritual, and
legal commitment a man and woman make to one another.” Same-sex marriage has
been legal in New York since July, 2011.