Jeff Ward: Disdain for Women Is GOP's Death Knell

This new tactic marks the official end of the ultra-conservative movement.

If I had a daughter and she gave me just two choices, I’d advise her to take up stripping before seeing her become a member of the Republican Party.

I cannot understand why any self-respecting woman would willingly join the GOP—or the Catholic Church, for that matter. Though I will defend anyone’s God-given right to make bad decisions to my death, the GOP's unofficial war on women baffles me.

When I previously wrote about , and , I was trying to tackle the more-subtle ways our culture demeans women by reducing them to the sum of their body parts.

But yikes! Having lived through the Women’s Lib and ERA era, I never thought I’d see the day when conservatives would wage an outright war on women. And it all started with the presidential contender whose highest aspiration is to impose Catholic Sharia Law.

So much for that GOP mantra of less government!

“It’s (contraception) not OK because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” Rick Santorum is quoted on the ABC News website and about a billion other sources. “They’re supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal, but also procreative.”

Ah yes! The Barefoot and Pregnant Baby Factory argument. I don’t know what’s more shocking, the bizarre things that come out of Santorum’s mouth or that a woman was actually willing to marry him.

And don’t try to defend him by claiming he’s clinging to his Catholic faith, because religious opposition to contraception isn’t rooted in any moral truth so much as it’s rooted in a centuries-old disdain for women that starts with the Christian creation story.

Some silly woman had the temerity to eat from the tree of knowledge, and that sent the whole thing to hell in a hand basket. How do you come back from that one?

The Catholic Church’s opposition to contraception is nothing more than a bunch of single old men intent on telling women what’s best for them. Should there be consequences for having sex? You bet—for women!

This whole birth control comedy came to a head when our Anti-Christ President issued a mandate forcing religious institutions to cover contraceptives in their employee health plans, despite the Religious Right's obvious objection.

While I can understand the conservative desire to defend the unborn fetus, protecting the unconceived child? Republicans are willing to take care of you until you’re born—then you’re on your own!

Which brings us to the story of 30-year-old Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who tried to testify before a Republican congressional hearing on the birth control mandate, but was barred from doing so.

In fact, no woman was granted the privilege of speaking at that hearing. Who needs to hear from some silly female student attending the nation’s 14th-ranked law school, anyway?

After she was invited to address Democratic House members, Fluke underscored the need for equal treatment of women’s health issues, especially for low-income women, and argued in favor of the President’s contraceptive policy.

Enter the misogynistic master of mayhem who makes Rick Santorum look like Mr. Rogers. Conservative radio talk show host opened his tirade by chiding Fluke for wanting to have sex at the taxpayers’ expense.

The first problem with Rushbo’s argument is that Georgetown is a private university, which means we’d never be on the hook for any student’s extracurricular activities.

Second, if you doubt that the oldest of all double standards still exists, we do pay for old men to have sex, at least on a technicality, because Medicare covers Viagra if it's prescribed for non-ED purposes. Just be sure to call your doctor for an erection lasting more than four hours.

I’m sure Rush remembers Viagra. It’s the drug they found in his luggage prescribed under someone else’s name.

Please don’t even try to tell me that all that Viagra doled out under Medicare Part D in 2007 and 2008 was some sort of health panacea while preventing pregnancy isn’t a health issue. God forbid a woman should have control over her own body. Which would you rather pay for, the pill or the child?

Continuing with his “impeccable” logic, Rush went on to conclude that anyone who wants to be paid to have sex must be a “slut” and a “prostitute,” and they should recompense the taxpayers by posting online videos of their sexual encounters. Say, what?

I don’t know what scares me more. The fact that this blowhard has a forum or that four separate women agreed to marry him.

Though it was fun to watch Rush fold like a cheap suit when faced with the ensuing advertiser and affiliate fallout, I think we have got to give him credit for so clearly stating what some Republicans were already thinking but too smart to say out loud.

No married woman should use contraceptives because their only purpose in life is to produce children, and any single woman who uses birth control has to be a “slut.” Even after his on-air non-apology, Rush rambled on ad nauseam about Fluke wanting to have sex “all the time.”

And this, folks, officially marks the end of the Karl Rove inspired conservative movement. It’s all over but the shouting. They lost the presidency to a black man. They lost the battle against gay marriage. The occupy movement scares the heck out them and their obstructionist legislative strategy has failed.

With nowhere left to turn, conservatives went after women and, as we all know, any political group that takes up that pastime is doomed to extinction.

Oh! They’ll hang on kicking and screaming for some time, but with these concerted and bizarre attacks on contraception, all the Right Wingers did was prove what we’ve known all along—it’s all about wealthy old white men.

Thanks, Rush! I couldn’t have written a better script myself.

JD March 10, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Agree with you completely Kevin. In the spirit of the Federalist Papers, pseudonyms allow for people to say things they later regret, wisdom and correction showing them they were wrong, and spare the family the humiliation of the behavior of their imperfect relation. Pseudonyms also allow for personal attacks to lose effect thereby being more easily ignored and the points being asserted to more easily rise to the top. Still, there are times we are called to stand up and be named. No matter how embarrassing for our family. Cheers
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 06:02 PM
@JD who posted <snipped > re "third point": Jeff's claims regarding women and the Catholic Church are factually false. Of all the Christian Faiths, the Catholic Church is the only one to hold a woman above all men. Mary is the greatest human in the history of mankind; that is a dogma of the Catholic Faith. Jeff is extremely ignorant of what the Catholic Faith teaches regarding men and women. <end snip> ~~~ again, this is your belief and dogma to which you are entitled to. As for my belief, Genisis 1:1 says " in the beginning God made the heaven and earth " Noticably missing are the words " in the beginning Mary made the heavens and earth " We are entitled to our beliefs but not entitled to turn them into a theocracy.
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
@JD who posted <snipped> Sandra freely walked into the middle of the public square and made even greater demands for her sexual promiscuity and loose sexual morals. She demanded I pay for them <end snip> ~~~~ you are a liar. this never happened. doesn't your religion teach you anything about .."..bearing false witness..thou shal not lie..."
JD March 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM
@ Colin Yes, it would be nice if men were Vulcan's. What is wrong with America today is not trouble finding reasonable approaches, it is the principals and spirit that define America are being fought over. Jefferson, in a 1787 letter to William Smith, in reference to Shay's rebellion: "Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it's motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." Colin, please step back from the hysterical girl cliff. All will not be lost. Cheers
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 06:16 PM
@Billy: Please give me a few reason why I should for for the GOP. Is it their foreign policy that I should be enamored with or perhaps their non-existent jobs programs. The GOP has no policies except to attack women and poor folks while acting as obstructionists to anything that would help struggling Americans. I guess the GOP is too distracted acting as waterboys for the rich and powerful 1% to be bothered with anything else.
Lisle, Greg March 10, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Jeff Ward, What is "Catholic Sharia Law"? This so called debate about Sandra Fluke was all orchestrated by the far left Democratic Party and others. You and many others fell for it hook, line and sinker. Sandra Fluke speaking on Capitol Hill was a complete waste of time and a well orchestrated diversion. This country has way to many problems much more important than birth control. This whole ordeal is about our freedoms, our way of life in America. Some very powerful people want to change the way we live in The United States of America and many other countries. My concern is my country The United States of America. These people want to challenge our separation of church and state. Once they set precedent with any religion in this case the Catholic Church then we no longer have separation of Church and State. Then the court can recognize other religous rules/laws such as Sharia Law. So you are either one of them or one of us. Being one of them means you live without freedoms being one of us you get to choose the way you want to live your life (within reason). If we lived under Sharia Law Sandra Fluke would never have been addressing Capitol Hill she wouldn't even been able to be a student at Georgetown or anywhere else. Start getting the facts correct before you take sides. Your opinion is one thing. Our freedoms are going to be taken away if people don't understand how nice it is and start appreciating what we have and how important U.S. Constitution is.
Guisseppe March 10, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I think Colin means we should just bend over nicely and stop struggling.
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Michael To be sure, there's money to be made by shrieking divisive rhetoric. From Rush L. on down to the lowliest local blogger. ~~~~ you mean, I could be getting paid for this ?
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM
@Jeff: Notice how the rightwing regressives are obsessed with sex, from whose doing who to birth control ? Tawanda thinks they're not getting any and it's interfering with their circulation and, as a result, they're are unable to rationalize or come up with one independent thought of their own. So they sit around thinking about sex and ways to prevent others from enjoying that which they are unable to as a result of: hangups galore being unattractive to the opposite sex misogyny oozing from every pore in their bodies an acute distrust of women performance anxiety
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 06:52 PM
@JD: what is simply mind-boggling is that the GOP regressives who want to deny poor women birth control under title 10 also want her kids to starve and be homeless. hows that compassion and logic working out for you.
Bert Jacobs March 10, 2012 at 07:08 PM
i hereby nominate Tawanda The Avenger as the next White House czar, before Jeff Ward is given the position. The Obama Train has taken over the Patch. <grin>
Jack March 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
What kind of commentary is this, in a friendly neighborhood website? Comparing members of one of our two major political parties to sex workers? Insulting a major religion? I am not even sure what the whole point of this article other than Jeff Ward hates Catholics, Republicans, and "Right Wingers." Well done, Patch. It would be better to go to TribLocal to get local news, and to DailyKos to get hatred of people who don't share political and religious beliefs.
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
@TJ: spin at best. nice try, though.
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
@Eden: glad you took notice. here's hoping you have read Tawanda's comments and that you learn a thing or 2
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 07:27 PM
@Lisle,Greg who posted <snipped> What is "Catholic Sharia Law"? This so called debate about Sandra Fluke was all orchestrated by the far left Democratic Party and others <end snip> ~~~ by " others " you must mean Rush Limbaugh, the head of the GOP. He sure managed to do the democrats a H U G E favor by opening his donut hole !
Guisseppe March 10, 2012 at 08:13 PM
That's what I don't get. It's easy to get a bunch of clicks and comments by spewing incendiary rhetoric about religion and politics, but at some point, don't they want advertisers? What business in the world wants to be associated with that?
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 08:22 PM
@Jeff & Dorothy: This is going to be even better than the many many GOP "debates " !! Tawanda has her popcorn bowl all ready !!
Tawanda The Avenger March 10, 2012 at 08:48 PM
@JD: Your post reeks of a deep-seated contempt for women. It also suggests issues you have some serious conflicts regarding women and sex which likely origionated in your family of origion and were allowed to fester over the years. My guess is that you are unmarried and have problems in your personal relationships with women, seeking to control, exploit and dominate them. CHances are, you are also financially dependent upon a woman in your life. Mommy ? Tawanda nails it ever time !
Tony Cesare March 10, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Its sad. You used to have to write intelligently or creatively about your community in order to write for Patch, now you just have to pick a politically charged topic, toss in a few strong opinions and sit back and collect your clicks.
JD March 11, 2012 at 12:17 AM
@Towanda, "The Avenger", really? Are you twelve? LoL Okay. Look Towanda, you are right. I misspoke. Sandra didnt demand such things. Sandra did worse, she demanded such things based on a contrived "right". That fact is there in the public record. That you are too ignorant to understand it doesnt change the fact. It also provides you the charity of not lying about me being a liar. re contempt for women and all the other feminist BS: sorry Tawanda, wrong again. But you do have a vivid imagination. Most twelve year old girls do, especially ones that see themselves as "avengers". Good thing you are so young, such behavior and deep-seated feminist anger is so unbecoming a woman. There's hope for you. Keep roaring kid. Hate to see people forget about the deep-spirit of avengers like yourself! ;) Cheers
JD March 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM
@Tawanda re "what is simply mind-boggling is that the GOP regressives (sic) who want to deny poor women birth control under title 10 also want her kids to starve and be homeless" Wow, wish I had seen this earlier. Didn't realize. Sorry. Cheers
JD March 11, 2012 at 12:29 AM
@Tawanda re mistakes: uh, it's called proper English, Tawanda.... Since I didn't name the specific times and comments over the 3 day period, and was referring to Rush the person, since there's only one of them, the singular "mistake" was correct. As for your run-on sentence. If you want to be considered intelligent, you should consider going back to school and learning how to write correctly. Maybe you are from South Carolina? Cheers
JD March 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM
@Noel re cheers: .... maybe you are right.... Nope, just checked with the Oracle known as Google. Yep, that's exactly what I mean! :) Cheers (and thanks for checking my 6)
JD March 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
@Tawanda re women priests: I see, if things are not your way it means they are the way of hate. re organized religion: well, again we see not only are things not your way filled with hate, but they also use fear and guilt to control women. Right, every day I see women chained to the Catholic Faith and forced to obey. re dogma of Mary: uh, actually it's the Dogma of the Catholic Church Tawanda. And the Catholic Church was not founded until after 300 AD, but go ahead and keep believing and spouting it. re "That is why we have a separation of church and state in the constitution (sic)": uh, it's not in the Constitution, Tawanda. It was a phrase taken from a letter by Jefferson to Baptist's in CT. And was read into Constitutional Law by judges. Interesting how the writer of the Declaration of Independence, and all the framers of the Constitution, specifically talked about the separation of church and state, yet chose not to put that phrase into the Constitution..... The put "respect no establishment of religion". Totally different philosophical concept, hence the different expression in English language. re judge not: uh, no. Christ was not speaking of judgement but CONDEMNATION; totally different thing. But hey, lots of people have bought into the "judge" idea. Allows them to claim all sorts of people are evil and throw stones at people saying things they dont want to hear. By the way, what color is your cape? Cheers
JD March 11, 2012 at 12:52 AM
@Tawanda re "again, this is your belief and dogma to which you are entitled to. As for my belief, Genisis 1:1 says " in the beginning God made the heaven and earth " Noticably (sic) missing are the words " in the beginning Mary made the heavens and earth " Okay. But seriously are you medicated? Your point has nothing to do with what I said. By the way, Christ was man and God. Maybe that's the distinction in my "human" that you missed. Cheers
Jim McMahon March 11, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Stripper.....what does she look like?
Megan March 11, 2012 at 03:11 AM
If men could have cysts form on their penises along with intense pain and bleeding and the treatment was a form of birth control, would we even be having this conversation? No. Everyone would be all "Save The Penises! Do whatever it costs!"
Jack March 11, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Well said, Guisseppe and Tony. Wheaton has a large Catholic community (and of course a large Christian community), a decent amount of Republicans, and many people who would be considered "Right Wingers". It's weird that Wheaton Patch that would want their Opinion column dominated by someone who hates a good chunk of their potential readership. Whatever Jeff Ward's opinions are is fine. I would never want to be friends or have a beer with someone who hates so many people or makes his argument with so many straw men. It's sad that he spoils which would otherwise be a pleasant community news site.
K Williams March 11, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Jack, I'm not Catholic nor am I Republican but I have a lot of intelligent friends who are. I'm with you and Tony, it's a shame to see a medium with so much potential be wasted with the hateful op-ed pieces we're seeing.
Ignatius Reilly March 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
When will you selfish women who want to have a career outside the home learn that you role is to stay home and have as many white christian babies as possible. Rick Santorum/Kirk Cameron 2012


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