Wow: When Barry Met Kathy
Ah, such role models for other women, aren’t they?
As you no doubt have heard by now (unless you’ve been out of the country, living under a rock, or comatose), Virginia Republicans—and Republicans around the country—have been on a rampage in recent months with regard to telling women, as well as their doctors, what should and should not be done to/with their bodies. Is it ironic or just pathetic that many of the leaders in this effort have been men like Virginia state Sen. (and Republican Caucus Chairman) Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) ? You decide. Anyway, it appears that McDougle’s support for transvaginal ultrasound legislation has not gone over too well with at least a few folks, judging from the raunchy comments being left on his Facebook page. (Note: I presume he’ll delete these soon enough, so I’ve taken screen shots, which you can see on the “flip.”) Here are just a few “highlights” from the comments. (Note: These may not be suitable for minors, particularly squeamish people, prudes, right wingnuts, etc.) Enjoy!
*”Quick question for you-is it normal for my period to sync up with other female-bodied people? After doing the Vagina Monologues with 12 others, I got my period sooner! Gosh, ladybits are just so weird and confusing-but I don’t have to worry about stuff like that now that you’re looking out for me! …And my vagina. And cervix. And uterus. And ovaries. Thanks for keeping my pretty little head from even having to think about ‘down there’, Senator Garrett!”
*”Hey, since you’re so interested in my health, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been really horny lately because I’m ovulating. But don’t worry; I won’t engage in dangerous heterosexual sex that could result in a pregnancy. This is because I’m a really fat and hairy Lesbian and I plan on having sex with women for the rest of my life, the really butchy dykey kind. The current object of my affections, and central character in the majority of the sexual fantasies at the moment, is Alison Bechdel (pictured below). Thanks for showing me the light in regards to my own sexual health, in affirming that having sex with men in more trouble than it’s worth. The fact that women are sexier anyway, it just a happy coincidence.”
*”Hello Senator. My daughter is still young, but will one day be a woman, and before I know it she’ll be having her ‘curse,’ if ya know what I mean… it’s not easy for kids, especially females, to have to deal with this fact of life. I don’t raise my kids to be Christian, even though some of my best friends are, and they have family in Thailand, so essentially they’re half Buddhist. My question to you is, is religion aside, what should she expect from a government here in the U.S. that wants to probe her vagina? How do I explain to her the whole ‘good touch, bad touch’ thing when politicians think it’s acceptable to explore vaginas with plastic instruments? Also, is this part of a plan to create jobs somehow?”
Needless to say, this is an absolutely despicable way to address an elected official, no matter the party. It’s also a disgusting way to gloss over the real issues at hand here. But, hey, according to The Mary Sue – there were no threats issued so it’s ok to violate the New Tone code:
Well, you know, you get the idea. I had actually proposed this to the rest of the staff of The Mary Sue, so I think this is a fantastic idea. If these lawmakers really, really, really want to make this an issue, then they deserve to know the full story about what they are trying to write laws about. I know, lawmakers on every level of the government rarely read the full text of the legislation for which they cast votes. But the good thing about women’s health is that there aretons of women who can talk about their health in uncomplicated terms, as we have just seen. And if the issue is uncomfortable for these lawmakers, or if they feel like they just don’t or can’t fully understand it, then maybe they will back away from trying to force women to do things like undergo invasive procedures.
But probably not.
By the way, for anyone who might see these posts as harassment against Sen. McDougle, allow us to point out the following: There was no name-calling, no personal attacks on the senator, and no threats of violence. And that’s a lot more than what can be said for attacks we’ve seen on people representing the other side of the argument.
I’d actually call these poor-excuses-for-”womyn” and their narcissistic behavior infantile – but as it stands, I have a lot more respect for infants than that. Not only that, but seeing as their obvious disdain and disgust for anything related to “infants” – outside of kittens, puppies, whales, and trees of course – it’d be rather insulting for me to describe these “feminists” using a term for something they’d just as soon vacuum aspirate than bring into the world kicking, screaming, cooing, gurgling — and very much breathing.
Need I say more?