Pennsylvania State Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Philadelphia, picked up the political hand grenade that is the state’s ultrasound bill today when she wondered aloud at a Capitol rally if Republican women who had co-sponsored the bill are “men with breasts.”
Josephs’ remarks came in a speech about what she perceived as a series of Republican-led attacks on a woman’s right to have an abortion, in the guise of a new law tightening regulations on clinics that perform abortions; the bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion; and a proposal to bar health care exchanges from providing insurance coverage for abortions.
During her remarks, she blasted women lawmakers who co-sponsored the ultrasound bill, asking rhetorically, “What are they? Women, or are they men with breasts?” according to supporters of the bill who watched the rally.
Coming just two weeks after Gov. Tom Corbett was flogged in the national media echo chamber for his own “you just have to close your eyes” comment about the ultrasound bill, which he said he could support, Corbett supporters seized on Josephs’ remarks as insensitive to those who consider abortion murder.
Josephs stood by her words after the rally, arguing that the women lawmakers on the bill – sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp of Warren County – are acting like women only in the sense “that they will do what the men tell them.”
“They must believe that they are not capable of making their own health care choices, but they are capable of voting on bills that control all of our behavior,” Josephs continued. “I don’t understand it …
“I don’t believe they’re really women. … I believe they’re men with breasts.”
Gosh – where have we heard this before? Oh yeah.
This is just one more in a long line of classic examples of the so-called “tolerance” routinely exhibited by “feminist” politicos (and other liberal female public figures) who think conservative women either can’t think for themselves because they’ve been brainwashed into being “subservient to the patriarchy”, “aren’t really women” – or are both. They know challenging a woman on her womanhood is probably the most insulting thing you can do to a fellow woman. Of course, these days most of us conservative gals just laugh about it — because we know that oftentimes these “feminists” do us a favor by so openly declaring what we’ve known they’ve thought about average American women for a long time.
What a fascinating way to promote the “respectful dialogue” Democrats so often claim is lost in our national discourse as a result (allegedly) of “hateful Republicans.” And isn’t it extremely interesting that many of the same females who so often fly the flag of “feminism and freedom!!!” have completely forgotten – willfully or otherwise – that a core goal of early (real) US feminists was to fight for a woman’s right to have an equal voice at the table? Yet these days there are female voices that are apparently more “equal and worthy” than others in FeministaLand. Those who aren’t worthy don’t even count. How very regressive, especially for women like Rep. Babette Josephs (contact info) who openly & proudly claim to be “progressive.”