Can Any Self-Respecting Woman Vote Republican? Yes, If She’s Ultraconservative

Posted on October 23, 2012


Denny Friedenrich, writing on The Hill online, enumerates some recent examples demonstrating the reality of the GOP “War on Women.”   The cutting of funds to Planned Parenthood.  Republican lawmakers making idiotic remarks associating the Girl Scouts with Planned Parenthood.  Claiming that you can’t get pregnant from rape.  Claiming that abortions are never necessary to save the life of the mother.

Mr. Friedenrich is right, I think, that the “GOP War on Women” is real – and he didn’t even mention the 135 laws passed in the past year requiring invasive vaginal ultrasounds before an abortion, and constituting other attacks on reproductive rights; or the struggle to include ordinary contraception in employee health-care plans (hmm, yet no one complains about paying for Viagra); or the way Republicans stacked up an all-male, all-conservative panel of witnesses  to testify on contraception and religious freedom in front of Congress, while denying entry to invited female witnesses (Sandra Fluke did testify at the second panel, and was roundly and extensively mocked and vilified for doing so).   Or the snarky way Paul Ryan dismissed even the notion that there was anything like a “War on Women,” invalidating and mocking the legitimate concerns of millions of women nationwide.

But Friedenrich offers this  rather optimistic conclusion, predicting that the Republicans’ chickens will soon come home to roost:

Women make up more than 50% of the electorate. When you consider how close the race for the White House is right now, the GOP clearly needs them to vote Nov. 6. Given all that’s happened in 2012, I’m pretty sure women will. Only trouble is, I don’t think they will vote Republican. Why should they?

Oh, Denny, Denny, Denny.  I’m sorry to break this to you, but there are an awful lot of uber-conservative women out there.  Aside from the obvious Michele Bachmanns and Sarah Palins of the political scene, there are many ordinary women in this country who think that women were meant to be subservient to men.  Women who think that reproductive planning is wrong.  Women who think that a woman’s only true path in life is that of wife and mother.  And women who think that their ideas of what’s right for them should be imposed by law on all others.  I think these women are scary as hell, and a big part of what makes them scary is that they almost… almost… lend credence to some of the more extremist views among Republicans, just by virtue of their gender.

Almost, but not quite.  Because they have the freedom of their own choice, but would take those same choices away from all others.  That’s not democracy.  It’s tyranny, and since many of these ultra-conservative views are driven by religion – in essence, a drive to outlaw “sinful” behavior – I would even argue that it’s not so different from a theocracy.  A tyrannical theocracy.  Ultra-conservatives don’t even see these issues as choices, or open to discussion or compromise; they see them as “right” and “wrong.”

Well, the frightening thing is, these women are going to the polls on 6 November.  And yes, they are going to vote Republican.  So all you women who value your choices, your dignity, your careers, your equality, and having control over your own body… get out there and cast your vote, too.