As a woman, I often wonder why is it that the more conservative an ideology or even religion, the more misogynistic those who practice same are towards women; sometimes even including a few women acting in a misogynistic way towards other women. I am particularly concerned that the legislation being offered and enacted by Republicans, state and federal, attacking women goes one step further; it punishes us. For what? I believe for standing up for what is right and for what we believe in. It troubles me when I see a few conservative women supporting and vigorously fighting to achieve the same goal of disparaging women (i.e. disparaging themselves) and then punishing them for standing up against that disparagement.
So am I right to call conservative men and the women who support them as being misogynistic? Look at the definition of misogyny and the insight given by two world-famous sociologists and one need not look any further:
According to sociologist [writer, public speaker] Allan G. Johnson, “misogyny is a cultural attitude of hatred for females because they are female.” Johnson argues (Johnson, Allan G (2000). The Blackwell dictionary of sociology: A user’s guide to sociological language) that:
“Misogyny …. is a central part of sexist prejudice and ideology and, as such, is an important basis for the oppression of females in male-dominated societies. Misogyny is manifested in many different ways, from jokes to pornography to violence to the self-contempt women may be taught to feel toward their own bodies.”
Michael Flood defines misogyny as the hatred of women, and notes:
“Though most common in men, misogyny also exists in and is practiced by women against other women or even themselves. Misogyny functions as an ideology or belief system that has accompanied patriarchal, or male-dominated societies for thousands of years and continues to place women in subordinate positions with limited access to power and decision-making. […] Aristotle contended that women exist as natural deformities or imperfect males […] Ever since, women in Western cultures have internalised their role as societal scapegoats, influenced in the twenty-first century by multimedia objectification of women with its culturally sanctioned self-loathing and fixations on plastic surgery, anorexia and bulimia.” [….]
I appreciate it when someone is courteous towards me, i.e., opens the door for me, or is gracious and kind in some way because I am a human being and not just because I’m a woman. It’s the care, attention, and compassion from one human being to another that is important. I believe that most women in this country are looking for this kind of compassion and humanity from their leaders for themselves and all others. We are not looking for leaders who want to run our lives, think for us or decide what’s best for us because we are perceived as being something less than, and then enact laws to punish us when we don’t acquiesce to their way of thinking. I firmly believe that’s what we all want; besides, that’s the American spirit.
This is what inspires me about President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama. They care about the lives of everyone; even those who oppose them. It’s their humanity and compassion to reach out to the richest and the poorest, to all as human beings, offering each the same consideration and dignity.
Sadly, Mitt Romney and a growing number of Republicans (Tea Party folks), offers us just the opposite. I wish it were not so. I wish we could have political parties on all sides that put compassion and humanity first, that put forth legislation with the goal of creating value in the lives of everyone; but that’s not today’s reality. That’s why we are so fortunate to have President Obama.
Just yesterday, President Obama was in Denver talking about his commitment to strengthen both economic and health security for millions of women and middle-class families by helping women have access to preventive health services like cancer screenings, contraception and well-women exams. In stark contrast, Mitt Romney would roll back women’s access to these and other critical preventive care services, turn over women’s health decisions to their bosses and defund Planned Parenthood. Obamacare is helping 47 million women across the country access preventive health services mentioned above, and more.
The President is equally committed to keep urging Congress to immediately prevent a scheduled tax hike on 98 percent of Americans while Romney and his Party is determined to not just allow the tax hike but add to it. Here’s what some folks who did the math using their personal income and household to find out whose plan is the best and offers a real tax break.
- Obama’s Birth Control Mandate Takes Effect (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Louisiana, Where Women are Chattel: The Scarlet P (leartisteboots.wordpress.com)
- August 1st Banner Day For Women’s Health Thanks To AHCA (ObamaCares) (theobamacrat.com)
- President Obama Warns Colorado Women That Romney Would Cut Health Benefits (freeinternetpress.com)
- Health care law gives women control over their care, offers free preventive services to 47 million women (scrubsandsuits.com)
- Terry O’Neill: The Romney-Ryan Budget: Taking Aim at Women’s Health Care (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rush Limbaugh’s Newest Moment of Misogyny: Women’s Vote Screwed Up The Country (crooksandliars.com)
- Obama gives big defense of ACA (politico.com)
- Republican Congressman Freaks Out, Compares Free Birth Control to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor [War On Women] (jezebel.com)
- Actress Elizabeth Banks: Romney won’t help women with ‘a heavy flow’ (rawstory.com)