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Ann Romney on Stay-at-Home Motherhood

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Oh, Ann Romney, you progressive thinker, you.

Wife of Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has made quite a splash in the political sphere recently. At a dinner hosted by the Connecticut Republican Party, Ann Romney spoke about trials of motherhood. As a stay-at-home mother, Ann Romney is not versed in the balance between motherhood and work that many American women must get used to.

During a speech on Tuesday night, Ann said the following:

I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

Now, this could just be chalked up to a public speaking gaffe, but I cannot condone that Ann Romney loves the fact that women don’t have a choice – this is unacceptable and embarrassing for a candidate for First Lady of this country.

ALL women have the initial choice, but choose to work because in order to support a child successfully, parents need money. Women make the choice to better their lives and the lives of their children.

This being said, I am all for choice. If a family comes to the agreement together that one of them should stay home full time, and it happens to be a woman, there is no objection from me.

What do you all think? Have people been overreacting to the quote, or do you believe this was more than a gaffe? Reply in the comments!

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Unite Against the War on Women

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You may have all seen the various posts and pictures advertising 4.28.12. There are rallies being held around the country, urging men and women alike to unite against the war on women.

The fact that we still must hold such rallies is appalling, but not surprising, to me. Women are about half of the population, yet there are still inequalities and blatant attacks on women’s rights each and every day. This presidential race alone has set women’s rights back forty years. (Let’s celebrate small victories, though. Bye, Santorum.)

UniteWomen.org provides an aggregation of rallies and marches by state here!

UniteWomen’s creed for these events are as follows:

UniteWomen.org strongly supports diversity and welcomes men and women of all ages without regard to their race, color, creed, political affiliation, disability, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, education or income level, marital status, employment status, or immigrant status. Everyone is invited to join, plan, and rally as we unite to demand that every person be granted equal opportunities, equal rights, and equal representation.

The idea of equality is not exactly a simple concept, and apparently, is damn near impossible to widely put into effect. Though I reside in a country that touts “liberty and justice for all,” not all of us see true, unadulterated equality.

These rallies are not only to represent the yearning for social and economic fairness for women, it represents the need to feel equal to your peers, which is a RIGHT, not a privilege.

By uniting in the War Against Women, I am uniting against racism, prejudices, and everything in between.

Rick Perry vs. Planned Parenthood

I should really start labeling every post XXX vs. Planned Parenthood.

I opened up an e-mail from Planned Parenthood today to find another open attack on women’s rights. Texas governor (and ex-presidential candidate) Rick Perry is trying to attach the Medicaid Women’s Health Program (WHP).  According to Planned Parenthood, over 25% of Texas women are uninsured, and have the third highest rate of cervical cancer in the country.

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The email read:

On Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry moved to effectively sabotage the state’s entire Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which provides 130,000 low-income women with basic reproductive health care services. This comes on the heels of devastating cuts to women’s health funding across the board — cuts already expected to leave 160,000 women without care this year.

In short, Perry is trying to block Medicaid funding to programs involved with abortion services. Right now, the decision is unclear whether Medicaid is to cut funding to the WHP or simply “or allow the rule blocking Planned Parenthood to go forward, allowing Texas to violate federal law and forcing nearly half of WHP clients to find new healthcare providers.” (Anna Merlin, Dallas Observer)

It’s a shame. This pie chart represents the services that Planned Parenthood provided in 2011. Only 3% of activity was abortion services. Not to mention that Medicaid funding never goes to abortion. It is just another lightly-veiled attempt to attack Planned Parenthood because of their pro-choice attitude.

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Murphy Brown vs. Dan Quayle

There used to be a show on CBS called Murphy Brown, which ran for ten seasons, beginning in 1988. Murphy Brown is portrayed as a strong woman working in the field of journalism as an investigative reporter. She is highly successful, except for her bout with alcoholism, which is how the show begins. (She returns to working for FYI after her stay at the Betty Ford Clinic.) She is always dressed in a women’s power suit, and is considered “one of the guys.” Typical.

Murphy as a character is independent, outspoken, and self-sufficient. She proved stronger than her addiction, and within the first few seasons, finds herself in hot water when she discovers that she is pregnant. It is important to note that Murphy is in her forties and is single.

I have known many single mothers, my own mother included, and though it is tough to raise children with the (possibly) limited income of one person, it is far from impossible, and does NOT mean that the mother is discounting family values. However, Dan Quayle, then vice-present, thought differently.

During a speech, due to discuss the Los Angeles riots of 1992, Quayle preached about the breakdown of values. He referenced Murphy Brown with the following statement :

“[it] doesn’t help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown — a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid, professional woman — mocking the importance of fathers, by bearing a child alone, and calling it just another ‘lifestyle choice.”

I don’t quite understand his reference after such an eye-opening event like the L.A. riots. The writers did not intend to mock the importance of fathers. In fact, the program showed the father’s unwillingness to change his lifestyle to have a child. Instead, Murphy decided to raise the child on her own. This doesn’t negate intelligent, professional women’s power. It shows her independence and courage.

Extra Credit : Not everyone believes that Murphy Brown was a purely progressive, feminist show.  Bitch Media has an article, Backlash in Action, which talks about an episode in which Murphy returns to her alma mater and sits in on a Women’s Studies class.

What are all of your thoughts on Murphy Brown?

Reproductive Issues vs. The GOP

There are some terrifying threats to reproductive freedom flying around as of late. Now, this blog isn’t to batter people with my political views, but something has to be said about the GOP views of women’s rights and reproductive issues.

Rick Santorum on the topic of rape, and in turn, pregnancy.Image

“As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn’t, it will always be her child. And she will always know that –in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you.”

What is the world?! A woman is raped, and Santorum believes that she should not have the right to choose an abortion, to carry the child which was forced on her by a violent criminal. Instead, it’s a GIFT from GOD. (Whatever happened to separation of church and state?)

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Ron Paul on rape and possible pregnancy.

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“If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would give them a shot of estrogen.”

Yeah, an honest rape. The juxtaposition of those words makes me ill. If a woman is raped, she can get the Plan B Pill this time. He believes that if you are raped, you should just get the morning after pill. Forget about going to a clinic in a month after rape. Sorry ladies, you missed your chance. Try being honest.

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Never mind the fact that some unplanned pregnancies could be avoided if birth control pills could be covered by insurance. However, people are fighting tooth and nail to allow employers to deny the right to birth control pill coverage. Isn’t it interesting that all of these people are men, who will never have to worry about becoming pregnant.

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-LHM