The GOP and The SEX

When the Iraq and Afghani wars were begun by ex-president Bush jr., I was against those wars.  Loads of automobile owners started putting small magnetic ribbon decals on their cars.  The ribbons read, “Support Our Troops.”  I’d see “Support Our Troops” signs up in people’s yards and shop windows.  The sentiment was ubiquitous, and it consistently managed to piss me off.  I’d mutter to myself like a half-deranged homeless person, “What the fuck do you think I don’t pay my taxes?  I support our troops.  Of course I do.  I’m not a tax cheat.”

Fast forward a few years, and now Republicans are actively claiming that they can’t A) raise taxes on the rich because rich people are tax cheats, and B) we shouldn’t support our women.  Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Palin, Pamela Geller and others have all spoken up in one well-orchestrated unified voice to say to sluts.  They don’t want their “hard-earned” money going to pay for anyone’s ____________. (you can fill in the blank there: sex life, extra curricular activities, contraception, irresponsibility)  This is just one part of the right wing’s distorted assault on women’s rights, and what it all boils down to is sex.

If these young women were responsible people and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” said North Carolina GOP county board chairman Ted Davis.  You see, young women having “the sex” has driven the GOP crazy.  In their world, young women having “the sex” are why they have to behave like a bunch of medieval clergy sniffing out heresy.  Maybe young men have “the sex” too, but what young men do is of no business to the GOP… as long as they’re young white men.  Okay, I’ll admit facetiousness on that last statement.  Afterall, only 29% of Mississippi GOP primary voters are against interracial marriage, but let’s not hold that against them since nearly two-thirds of all Americans believe aliens from outside our solar system have visited the Earth.  And many of those people believe those aliens are here to have “the sex.”  Alien rapists from beyond Uranus… isn’t that enough of a reason to mandate insurance companies cover female contraception?

The fact of it is,  the old white men of the GOP don’t want women to have “the sex” without punishment.  If the women want to get physical, then the GOP’s got to get biblical, and allow foreign interests (the Vatican) to dictate US legal policy.  For a bunch of geezer who fulminate over the UN, watching them actively trip over one another to bow before the Pontiff of the Holy Roman Church is hilarious.  And the expression of their faith is clear: “the sex” must result in “the impregnation.”  Then we can tie those women-folk down with children, and keep them out of the universities where they’re getting over-educated.  You’d think the GOP would be alarmed at the rates they’re shedding female support, and maybe some of their rational members even are, but this war on women’s health isn’t slowing down.  Intra-vaginal probing laws are popping up all across the country.  Any woman who requires an abortion is forced to stand before these rape panels and confess her sins.  Their end game is to overturn Roe vs. Wade – a court decision nearly as old as I am – and once again criminalize abortion, but then they want to go one further and essentially end women’s access to birth control.  They’ll never criminalize birth control, but if it’s made too expensive and difficult to obtain, then the job is essentially done anyway.  Rich women might still be prone to vote for the Republicans because they’re still reaping the windfall in tax breaks for the wealthy.  The rich woman will be able to afford her birth control.  The rich woman will be able to fly to Europe for her abortion.  It’s one thing for a woman to have to go across state lines to escape her local Taliban, and quite another to have to flee the country completely, and it is to this point back to which we are heading.  GOP, gomers of progress.

 

Update: I just came across this (bad choice of words):  A proposed bill in AZ that would allow employers to fire a woman, any woman, if they disapprove of her sex life.  This is kicking in the door to legalization of sexual harassment.

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