This ad is making Republicans Ca-RAYZEE.

A successful young woman made an ad for Obama that contains sexual double entendre.

 

Some people are very, very upset about it.

Which makes me like it even more.

They seem to fall into two basic categories:

1 – It’s inappropriate.

There are various flavors of this; Analogies between sex and politics are inappropriate, the Obama campaign should be ashamed to be associated with such an ad, it’s in poor taste, etc.

The sex & politics analogy objection is a pretty weak argument, given how much actual campaigning has been done around the various issues surrounding reproduction – and Republicans have only themselves to blame for that. You want to separate sex and politics? Stop trying to legislate reproductive issues, and for the love of all you think is holy, BACK AWAY FROM THE RAPE BABIES.

The shame and bad taste objections just boil down to people’s discomfort with a young woman talking about sex in a way that doesn’t objectify or shame her. Lena Dunham has had sex. She’s not ashamed of it, she doesn’t regret it, she’s not embarrassed if other people know it. That just squicks some people out, and to them I say TOUGH SHIT, GET USED TO IT.

2 – It panders to women.

Yes, it does. It’s a political ad. Every political ad there’s ever been has pandered to someone. So why are some people particularly bothered by an ad that panders to young women? First, it challenges what the culture tells us about young women. They might bear no resemblance to cheerleaders or sexy co-eds or uptight virgins or teen moms or the other representations of young women we usually see. They might have tattoos, they might embrace their sexuality, they might be smart at the same time, and they might have political opinions and priorities that differ from our own. There’s a generation of female voters out there who are far more progressive on “social issues” than the generation before them, they care about these issues a lot, and they don’t care whether the rest of us like it. That scares the crap out of some people. And I love it.

Fifty Shades of Infuriating

Ok, this PISSES ME OFF.

The two candidates for US Senate in
New York are women. During their debate on Wednesday night, both were asked if
they’d read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’

Kirstin Gillibrand graduated magna cum
laude from Dartmouth, speaks Mandarin Chinese, and is an attorney who clerked for
the Second US Court of Appeals. She heads the Women’s Leadership Forum for the
DNC and served as special counsel for the Secretary of HUD during the Clinton administration.

In 2006, she beat a 4-term Republican incumbent to represent her district in
the US House of Representatives, and was reelected in 2008. When Hillary
Clinton was appointed Secretary of State, Gillibrand was appointed to fill her
US Senate seat, and won the 2010 special election to keep it. She was the first
member of Congress to publish her official schedule, earmark requests, and
personal financial statement. In 2008, she became the sixth woman to have a
child while serving in Congress, and worked up until the day of her delivery.

Wendy Long has never served in public office, so there’s
less information available about her. But she studied at Dartmouth,
Northwestern, and Harvard. She’s also an attorney who worked for two Senators
and for two courts, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, and
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

So why ask these two candidates, these particular two, if
they’ve read this book? I’ll tell you what I think the answer is. Because we as
a society are still unable to de-sexualize women long enough to take them
seriously as professionals. Because we are both titillated by reminding women
of this, and ashamed of ourselves for feeling that way. We want them to say yes
so we can think of them as dirty, and we want them to say no so we can think of
them as ‘good’. We are collectively caught up in a cultural ‘madonna/whore’
fantasy that leaves us with a political process that’s about as mature as an
episode of Beavis and Butthead.

I dearly hope some renegade debate moderator in the next
week asks two male candidates somewhere if they read Penthouse, and brings this
shit up when people freak out.

http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/10/18/1043261/kristen-gillibrand-wendy-long-fifty-shades-of-grey/

“Some girls rape easy” – Wisconsin Rep. Roger Rivard (R)

I’m not going to post every time a politician says something incredibly stupid about rape, abortion, or other vagina-related issues. If I did, I’d have no time for any other posts, or… you know… life activities. It’s really a matter of what strikes me as ‘news’ vs ‘same old shit’.

So why does this strike me as ‘news’? I think it’s the
stunningly cavalier, ignorant spin on a sexist classic.

Dear friends, if there happens to be a politician near you,
please remind him (or her, but probably him) that statutory rape is illegal,
both the day of and the day after, and it’s never the tantalizing minor’s
fault.

“Lady”

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.

How do you outlaw abortion without outlawing abortion?

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
wanted.

Google ‘Virginia’ ‘Cuccinelli’ ‘abortion’ to learn more.