Slut-shaming

It’s not as if I think women should have any say about their reproductive organs, so it’s perfectly okay that Darrell Issa’s committee meeting yesterday didn’t invite any women who would speak out against their slut-shaming party yesterday:

This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administration’s new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Republicans oppose the administration’s rule and have sponsored legislation that would allow employers to limit the availability of birth control to women.

Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) had asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but the Chairman refused, arguing that “As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.”

And so Cummings, along with the Democratic women on the panel, took their request to the hearing room, demanding that Issa consider the testimony of a female college student. But the California congressman insisted that the hearing should focus on the rules’ alleged infringement on “religious liberty,” not contraception coverage, and denied the request.

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of the hearing in protest of his decision, citing frustration over the fact that the first panel of witnesses consisted only of male religious leaders against the rule. Holmes Norton said she will not return, calling Issa’s chairmanship an “autocratic regime.”

7 thoughts on “Slut-shaming

  1. Oh hell, Suze, just get a Bayer aspirin, put it between your knees—like our moms and grandmoms used to do—and then just shut the fuck up! 🙂

  2. Is somebody going to explain that if women keep their legs together, guys aren’t going to get any? I think that must be a feature, not a bug.

  3. Oh God, how I so thought we’d long ago given up the ghost on this issue. As a 12th grader in Catholic school in 1964, I’ll never forget what my girlfriends/sex partners and I went through trying to make “THE NEW PILL” something that we could use and knew that it worked!

    We/they/us were NOT sluts and hos, just young, inquiring young people moving out of the drudgery of post-war obedience trying to make hay of a post-war economy: Heck, they told us to re-populate –if we felt like it, and use the “pill” if we didn’t. The Beach Boys made it clear: “Fun, Fun, Fun, till your daddy goes away”, or something like that…………………………………

    🙂

  4. Oh, btw, Suze, can you say somthin “sexy”—-sometimes in passing— to an old guy, uh, er, um, if it ain’t too much trouble…????….brings a little joy to an old fucker that don’t git non to much anymore………..
    thanx…….

  5. Let’s see, returning women to the status of chattel is “religious liberty?” Wow, really? What next? Having clean drinking water is anti-free market? Oh . . . wait . . .

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