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When Politics Stage a War on Women, Where are the Ladies?

Why are women silent on these issues?

I love being a woman, but not a woman in today's media.  

Today's woman is either silent, quiet, loud or crazy. Politicians have been staging a war on women, and I'm surprised to hear the responses from the ladies: SILENCE. Our government has been assaulting our bodies by legislating abortions, ultrasounds, birth control and our sexual preference. And on all of my friends' Facebook walls and Tweets, there is virtually no discussion about these acts (but I can tell you about all sorts of Pinterest-y ideas). 

I am angry.

'Legitimate rape'

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Missouri GOP's Senate candidate, Todd Akin, recently went on the record saying that “If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." According to research, 32,101 pregnancies a year are from rape victims. Since those women's bodies didn't terminate the pregnancy, does this make their experiences less legitimate?  

Try explaining THAT to the new mother coming out of the hospital.  

But really, do we need research and statistics to show that this guy made a huge mistake in front of that camera? Hopefully Missouri will show up in November and vote against this man; when you are in power, you are held to a higher standard. And just because you can say something doesn't mean you should. Hopefully Akin will learn his lesson with Missouri women getting out and exercising their beautiful right to vote — for the other side, and ironically, a woman.

I said, 'vagina'

In June, Michigan Representative Lisa Brown was barred from speaking on the House floor after she used the word "vagina" after a passionate debate in regards to abortion.  She was no longer allowed to share opinions on any other issues because the House leaders found her word to be uncomfortable and inappropriate.

The technical term, inappropriate?  I know for a fact that this word comes up in local fifth-grade curriculum. But in a House discussion, it is off-limits, thankyouverymuch.  

What was that about birth control?

Back in March, Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" because she believed birth control should be covered under insurance plans. This infuriates me for two reasons: The obvious ones are the harsh, ugly, hateful words that Mr. Limbaugh used on record towards someone he had never encountered, and the fact that these men DO NOT UNDERSTAND BIRTH CONTROL.  

A women could probably lose count as to how many friends have used birth control to regulate cycles and such because of hormonal issues, NOT because they are promiscuous. But do men really know this?  

These are OUR bodies, ladies

I am infuriated that a group of men who have no idea how the women's body works can legislate my vagina and silence our opinions, but today I was thankful for a tweet from President Obama, "Politicians shouldn't be making health care decisions on behalf of woman."

And that, I can stand behind.

This isn't about political sides or lines, this is about our bodies being pawns in campaigns and debates to get the votes.  Call me whatever name you will, but I DO have a voice and I won't be silenced.  I will fight for equal rights for EVERYBODY.  

Where are the other women voices?

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Erin August 29, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Just saw Ann Romney at RNC. Love her, she's great. Unfortunately, she's not on the ticket, and a nice speech from her (and Christie talking about his wonderful, tough as nails, Irish mom) won't make up for for the current sins of GOP and their policies toward women. Not to mention, they've WASTED the last 2 years writing women's health bills instead of working on the economy, jobs and debt reduction. Kind of speaks to their priorities - making Obama a one term president. Just run out the clock, don't let the other team score. Also, watching tonight - it struck me - that R's only let a great woman like that speak once every 4 years at the RNC. We need women's voices and experiences heard - and respected - EVERY DAY.
Sarah Franklin August 29, 2012 at 04:03 AM
FH Voice.... Whatever my personal stance on abortion, it sure in the hell is not going to cloud my decision on who I vote for to be the next President and Congressional Representatives. The issues facing this country are far bigger than Abortion. And as far as your comment about Democrats are moving this country forward, I just sit here shaking my head. Like what planet do you live on? Democrats and their lust for spending other people's money are driving this country off the fiscal cliff with larger government, more regulations and handouts to anyone that says they don't want to work. Do you realize it took this country 206 years to accumulate the first $2 trillion in national debt. Now, our great Democratic spender of other people's money has increased the deficit $6 trillion in only 3 1/2 years with his own budget numbers adding another 6-8 trillion over the next four years. Obama wants this country to fail and to revert to a Socialist state and is well on his way towards that goal. I am not going to be one of the sheep to sit back and let that happen and will support this message wherever I can.
Geoff Hoffman August 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Time to shut down comments on this article. They've gotten off topic and the usual "anonymous" posters are just trying to strike a nerve with others. Being confrontational for no other purpose than their own kicks. The Patch should require posters to use their real names and not hide behind fake monikers.
Johnny123 August 29, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Sarah, Wars are really, really, really expensive. The endgame of America's current path, in which fewer and fewer people own more and more, will be very similar to socialism. When 10 people own all of America in the not too distant future, when advanced robotics have eliminated every last production job, when there are no postman, no banks (it'll all be electric, no currency), no restaurant employees, no taxi drivers, no translators, no teachers, etc. etc. When this day comes, the .0000000000000000001% who own the country will be happy to institute some form of socialism to prevent uprisings.
Michiganmom August 30, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Why is it a crime to live in a safe community? I'll take comfortable, heterosexual, safe middle class any day over being neighbors with someone as ignorant as you.

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