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.