Republicans version of the Vagina Monlogues

Seems most societies, including our own, see an attractive woman as a crime
waiting to happen.

Here is an article by Margaret Wente, in today’s Globe about the Republican’s
frenetic drive to make controlling the single woman the primary issue in the
next U.S. election.Here is her account of
the Republican’s own version of the
Vagina Monologues
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/margaret-wente/the-gop-is-obsessed-with-womens-bodies/article2372095/

And this,from the Huffington Post

The Republican Party has declared war on the dignity of women. This war on women
is emerging as a centerpiece of the Republicans’ 2012 election strategy. Around
the country, women are being told that they should feel shame about their
bodies, their sexuality, and the choices that they make as adults. The latest
assault is taking place in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the invasion of
women’s bodies is so literal that it would qualify as farce if it were not
chilling reality.

The Virginia legislature has passed a bill that will force women seeking an
abortion to undergo a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound. The
mandated procedure requires that a probe be inserted into the woman’s vagina and
manipulated around so as to produce a high-resolution picture of the uterus and
surrounding organs — once again, for no medically sound reason. Governor Bob
McDonnell has said that he will sign the bill. As part of the same package, the
legislature also enacted a “personhood” law that would define life to begin at
the stage of a fertilized egg, even before implantation, and hence would outlaw
many forms of contraception and all abortions.

The Republican Party of Virginia showed no apparent irony in enacting this
vaginal invasion bill on Valentine’s Day. This, apparently, is what was on their
minds.

I am a man who believes in coalition politics. The strength of a people is
measured not solely by their ability to advance their own interests but also by
their success in joining with allied communities in mutual support and
solidarity. We become better people and more effective advocates when we show up
for other people’s issues. My strong support for the rights of women is an
expression of that philosophy.

This Virginia legislation, however, is not a matter of coalition politics. Every
person who has a body should view this law as a direct assault. So, too, should
every person who believes that women are human beings.

Take a moment. Try to envision the mindset of a legislator who would enact a
bill the sole purpose of which is to mandate the forcible, medically unnecessary
invasion of a woman’s vagina as the price — the attempt at forced shame — for
terminating a pregnancy. Whatever a person’s views on abortion might be, this is
an assault of a different order. It is one thing to believe that abortion should
be restricted; it is quite another to use the law to impose humiliation and
invasion upon women who seek out the procedure. A person cannot enact such a law
without embracing a willful disregard for the personhood and dignity of all
women.

Imagine that a State were to enact a law that requires men to undergo an
invasive rectal probing and prostate exam, for no medical reason, before
obtaining a prescription for Viagra or undergoing a vasectomy. Such a law is
unthinkable, because our public policies are responsive to the priorities and
sensibilities of men. Protecting the basic dignity of women requires greater
vigilance.

And yes, there were women among the Virginia Republicans who enacted this
appalling legislation. Sometimes members of a group disregard each other’s
personhood and dignity — a cautionary tale for us all.

The rights of women are under systematic assault — in Virginia, in states
around the country that have enacted similar draconian laws, and in the
hysterical Republican response to the suggestion that women’s contraceptive care
should be included in their health insurance coverage. Simply put, the
Republican Party has declared war on women. If Virginia can enact laws that
invade a woman’s vagina in this fashion, then there is no limit to the indignity
that can be directed at “unworthy” or “undeserving” people — the category that
Virginia Republicans obviously consider women who seek abortions to occupy. If
we allow this attack to go unchallenged, then who will be next?

Republican war on women stops here, and it stops now.

from the Huffington Post

About Monist

Hi, my name is Andy Mulcahy . I consider myself a monist and I am retired from steam engineering lo,these many years ago, and the Portland Cement industry. I have evolved into a Humanist-am a member of the Victoria Secular Humanist Association and The Humanist Association of Canada.
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