3.18.2010

Who Wants To Consider Women's Voices on Women's Lives? Not Bart Stupak!

So you're making a big decision that will affect millions of lives.  Two groups are offering you conflicting advice, ostensibly working under the same belief structure.  One group, a small group of old men who spend their time pushing papers and playing politics, advises you to decide one way.  The other group, a thousands-strong group of women who are in frequent and close contact with the people who will be most affected by your decision, advises you to decide the other way.  To whom do you listen?


If you're an anti-choice Blue Dog fake-Dem like Bart Stupak, you listen to the old men pontificating, and dismiss the women's views in disdainful, contemptuous terms ("When I'm drafting right-to-life language, I don't call up the nuns.").  Because after all, they're just women who actually work with the affected populations.  What the hell could they possibly know that the Important Men At The Top don't?


Thanks, Stupak, for making it abundantly clear yet again what the anti-choice, pro-forced birth assholes really think of women's lived experiences and the value of our voices.  Fuck you very much.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Above all of that, shouldn't he be listening to his constituents since they are the ones that put him in office? Oh wait! He doesn't have to because the idiots keep re-electing him and WE DON'T HAVE TERM LIMITS ON THESE JERKS YET!

WitchWords said...

Indeed. Y'know, maybe this guy should be listening to the people who put him where he is? No, he thinks he's above that. Ugh. I hope he goes down in flames come reelection time.

Anonymous said...

Well I'm personally of the opinion that they all need to go, instate term limits on the yahoos and start over again... I'm tired of lame excuses, fake promises, and general disdain for the people who elected them...

WitchWords said...

@Anon - I'm cautious about espousing term limits, because if they're too short you end up with a constant cycle of newbies coming through, who don't really know how to run things, so they end up turning to the lobbyists for help because the lobbyists sure as hell don't have term limits - and I think most everyone can agree that lobbyists are the WORST people to turn to for advice if you want a functioning, less-biased legislative system.

But I would agree with you on the disdain for their constituencies. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

true but having them there for 15years or more is just as bad as too many newbs

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