Friday, April 13, 2012

Rant of the Day: Mommy Wars by Alex Snider

Well, now this is happening:
The so-called war on women escalated Thursday onto a new front, after a Democratic strategist and cable-television pundit declared that Ann Romney, the stay-at-home, mother-of-five wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, had “never worked a day in her life.”
“This administration would do well to stop disrespecting stay-at-home moms and listen to them,” said Penny Nance, president of the conservative organization Concerned Women for America. But when pressed by reporters for examples of the president or his administration showing disrespect for mothers who work at home, the Romney surrogates did not provide any specific examples."
“Other women make other choices, to have a career and raise family, which I think Hilary Rosen has actually done herself. I respect that, that’s wonderful,” she said Thursday on Fox News. “But, you know, there are other people that have a choice. We have to respect women and all those choices that they make. And, by the way, let me give a shout out to all the dads that are at home raising kids.”
What a fucking joke; I am laughing my goddamn face off. An organization called "Concerned Women for America" chastising Obama? Ann Romney talking about choice? While her husband and his ilk are inching closer and closer to going full on Handmaid's Tale? And the Republicans are trying to limit women's autonomy in any possible way they can but they get pissed when one Democrat pundit doesn't qualify a statement about Ann Romney? 

Of course they would only give two shits about a millionaire stay-at-home mother. It's all other women whom they denigrate and oppress (WOC, queer women, single mothers, unmarried women who want to use fucking birth control, women with jobs, rape survivors, poor women, women who believe their own bodily autonomy); the women who dare to make decisions outside of what a bunch of old crusty White dudes demand of them. 

The only thing Republicans wish for women is that they stay pregnant in the kitchen but not barefoot, no, wearing sensible fucking $1000 Jimmy Choos. 

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