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Thursday, February 26, 2015

GOP thinks pills migrate to vagina

Women's bodies are a mystery to the GOP. (image: Sebastian Kaulitzki/Alamy)
Women's bodies are a mystery to the GOP. (image: Sebastian Kaulitzki/Alamy)

Women's Bodies Can't Perform Magic. Someone Please Tell Republicans

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian UK
 
o Republican men think women are mythical creatures, like unicorns or fairies? It’s the only explanation I can come up with to make sense of the party’s continued insistence that women’s bodies can perform feats of absolute magic.

On Monday, during testimony on a state bill that would ban doctors from using telemedicine to prescribe abortion pills, Idaho Republican Rep Vito Barbieri asked a testifying physician if pregnant women could swallow small cameras so that doctors could “determine what the situation is”.

Dr Julie Madsen – who I imagine must have been suppressing the eyeroll of a lifetime – responded that it couldn’t be done because “when you swallow a pill it would not end up in the vagina.”

Barbieri now says the question was a rhetorical one (that’s the ticket!) but his gaffe reminds us all about just how little Republicans understand about women’s bodies.

Though, again, I’m honored that they think we hold such awesome abilities. After all, who could forget then-Rep Todd Akin’s assertion that women who were “legitimately” raped would not get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Like a superpower! Or Rush Limbaugh’s belief that women’s bodies are so all-powerful that we actually require a birth control pill every time we have sex to keep from getting pregnant. But it doesn’t stop there.

Conservatives apparently also think that women are so magic as to almost be immortal - you see, they don’t believe that abortion are ever necessary to save a woman’s life or protect her health. They’re so sure of this, in fact, that they’ve been willing to bet our lives on it. It was just four years ago that House Republicans proposed to pass a bill that would have made it legal for hospitals to deny life-saving abortions to women who needed them and even deny them transfer to another hospital willing to perform the procedure. Maybe they just think we have nine lives? 

Republicans must think we’re magic – how else do they think we can possibly have all these kids (since we’re not supposed to need or want or get abortions) with no paid maternity leave, no subsidized child care, no livable minimum wage and a culture that thinks we’re supposed to grin and bear it?

Shockingly, all the fairy tale tales conservatives have told themselves about women’s bodies and abilities hasn’t done the Republicans any favors around election time.

And despite trainings for Republican candidates to learn how to talk about gender without saying something idiotic about rape or vaginas, Republican men continue to think stupid things about women and women continue to not vote for them.

So please, keep it up, guys. Talk more about what our vaginas can do, or how getting pregnant after rape is a “gift from god”. The more we watch as men who lack basic knowledge of biology and the human reproductive system make laws about what we can do with our own bodies, the more I believe that maybe women really are magic. We take care of our families as Republicans insist we’re “strong” enough to do with less. We battle back against archaic laws and dinosaur politicians. We do things a lot more impressive than swallowing a pill and having it migrate to our vaginas. That’s just weird. 

Comments
+15 # CAMUS1111 2015-02-25 17:18
People generally are f'ing stupid; gop'ers are even more stupid than the average; gop'er males are the stupidest because their females allow them to be or because they are even stupider...let' s not go there. Abort all gop'ers? Hmmm???
 
+11 # nancyw 2015-02-26 00:59
Camus111- are you saying stupid men are stupid because their women let them be stupid? So it's not once again ever the man's responsibility to become smart? Please. Men need to be responsible for their own stupidity. Victims again having be responsible for the perpetrator.'s education. Geez. C'mon ...
+2 # bmiluski 2015-02-26 10:11
Nancycyw, I agree with you. Men DO have to take responsibility for their actions. However, women MUST stop enabling them and allow them to grow-up.
+23 # Archie1954 2015-02-25 23:27
"Know nothing about women's bodies"? That because no decent, intelligent woman would let any Republican near her body
+13 # jsluka 2015-02-25 23:50
Actually, and quite surprisingly, millions of American women continue to vote for these Rethuglican mysoginyst idiots. If women did not support them, it would tip the balance to the Dumbocrats.
+2 # deadhead 2015-02-26 07:54
This phenomena is directly related to the effect of religion and, by extension, the long term success of Republican candidates and their supporting machinary in using social issues to win all these local and congressional elections. When we saw the Republican office holders ignore the socially divisive stances once in office, we started to believe that those issues were "manufactured" cynically just to win elections.and they were. For a time. But now so much of the electorate is so enamored of these 'social truths" that they fully expect their newly elected public servants to pursue those social agendas, just as promised. It's no shock to me that these "public servants" reflect their supporters. Women included, who for some unfathomable reason, other than their devout fundamentalist, male dominated "religion", happily and in your face, vote against their own best intetests. The real shock to me is the appalling drop off of progressive, thinking voters in these "off year" elections. The country is far more progressive than the current face of congress represents, but due to jerrymandering and our indifference to it (based on voter turnout), resulting in more of the same election after election. The intensity and tolerance of cuckoo science amounts to nothing more a type of sharia law, Christian style.
+12 # itchyvet 2015-02-26 00:42
Quote, " Idaho Republican Rep Vito Barbieri asked a testifying physician if pregnant women could swallow small cameras so that doctors could “determine what the situation is'. Unquote.
Surely this is meant to be IRONY ?
If not, Americans should be terrified, that folks with such an understanding of sexual reproduction are actually in a position of power within U.S. Government.
Incredible.
+5 # ptalady 2015-02-26 03:08
As much as I resonate with the disdain expressed in this article, the thing is...I would think it would not be to the vagina that the swallowed camera would have to migrate -- it would be more into the fallopian tubes or uterus. The abortion pill is designed for use within 5 weeks after conception. I don't think much change would be visible in the vagina at that point.
+2 # bmiluski 2015-02-26 10:14
ptalady.....I don't think Barbieri would have understood the words fallopian tubes or uterus.
+1 # bmiluski 2015-02-26 10:13
Itchyvet.....We ARE terrified that is why we vote against them. However, there are those who believe that supporting them will somehow allow them into their club.
+3 # AUCHMANNOCH 2015-02-26 05:32
Any camera you swallow will go nowhere near fallopian tubes uterus or vagina of course and therefore it would simply end up excreted. Maybe Republicans should enter into exploratory and meaningful discussions with the Old Lady that swallowed a fly? Their mental development is about at the nursery rhyme level.
+1 # cymricmorty 2015-02-26 09:20
That imbecile (Barbieri) must have still believed babies grow in their mothers' stomachs.
 
-3 # lnason@umassd.edu 2015-02-26 05:53
Of the 20 medical doctors in the 113th Congress, 16 are Republicans.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
+6 # nogardflow 2015-02-26 07:35
Not sure what your point is. Is it that even though they are doctors, they still don't know how the female body works, or is it that they are too lazy to inform their colleagues about how it works, or is it that they're just being a**holes?
+3 # cymricmorty 2015-02-26 09:10
On the subject of women's bodies and repub physicians in congress, Phil Gingrey, a former OB/GYN, said Todd Akin was "partly right" about women's bodies "shutting that thing down" after rape. Science seems to have utterly failed him. Good thing he's no longer in practice.

Scott DesJarlais: Anti-abortion, yet his wife had 2 and his mistress famously had 1 at his behest.

Then,
Rand Paul: Ophthalmologist who couldn't pass board certification exam, so made up his own, and lo!

And how could we forget: Tom Coburn's last act in office was to block a Senate vote on veterans' suicide prevention.

That's off the top of my head. There's probably more...much, much more.
+1 # bmiluski 2015-02-26 10:15
What is your point Lee?
+2 # pagrad 2015-02-26 07:27
It’s not funny, -unfortunately!
The Republican political party philosophy has been a failure for the last 100 years!
Google it. Any high school student with a credible education knows that it wouldn’t work. Unfortunately, many American voters haven’t had a good education, either, so they can’t distinguish it.
+2 # bmiluski 2015-02-26 10:17
I wouldn't say last 100 years. I thought Eisenhower was a very good president. After that though.........

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