Friday, November 9, 2012

Who Remembered in November?

So, how's that War on Women thing working out as a political strategy?

Maybe, not so much with demonizing women for wanting to control their own bodies.

Is that message getting through to you, Rush?

In case the video link isn't working, here's Rush Limbaugh waking up November 7 to tell us that "Obama treats them like Vaginas, and they say, 'He's my man.'" He also blames Hispanics for Republican losses. Obviously, his insulting Sandra Fluke had nothing whatsoever to do with it.

Okay, then.

There will be five new women in the Senate come January. Tammy Baldwin, Heidi Heitkamp, Elizabeth Warren, Mazie Hirono and Deb Fischer will bring the number of female Senators to 20; women made huge gains in the House of Representatives; and women swept New Hampshire, where the Governor, Senators and Representatives will all be female.

Obviously, I'm not suggesting that women are inherently better at governing. I know Sheryl Crow thinks, "We could use a little female common sense on Pennsylvania Avenue." But really, isn't the point that women are keenly aware of the way that equal pay and women's health issues play out in the real world? It's a little harder to pretend that access to birth control isn't an issue effecting women's full participation in society, when you've been navigating between career and family your entire adult life.

I know that holding only 20% of the Senate won't end the nonsense about defunding Planned Parenthood. Yes, the House is full of nutjobs guaranteed re-election by gerrymandered districts. But we're finally getting to a point where women don't win because they're women, or in spite of the fact that they're women. They win because they run a better campaign. What else could a feminist ask for?

Today's $5 is for Emily's List, which works to elect progressive candidates who support issues relevant to women.

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