The names being tossed around as possibilities for Mitt Romney’s running mate are many and varied.
Actually, they’re really not … everyone under consideration holds pretty hard-core right wing views, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering that Romney himself has a past history of being fairly liberal on social issues, and the Republican machine obviously wants to keep that under the radar.
But what does Romney’s potential veep have to do with feminism?
There is this impression, see, that Romney needs to strongly consider a female running mate because he is woefully behind Barack Obama in the vagina-sporting demographic (unlike the House floor, we at Zelda Lily are very comfortable with the word “vagina”). In other words, if they want to pump up Romney’s support among women, let’s get a woman up there with him.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley went on the few and made the claim that “women don’t care about contraception.” Um, the hell we don’t! I’ve written odes and sonnets to birth control—I care very deeply about birth control. I’d build an altar and worship it daily if I was into that kind of thing. Here’s what Haley said:
HALEY: Women don’t care about contraception, they care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all those other things–
BEHAR: Well, they care about contraception too.
HALEY: But, that’s not the only thing they care about. The media wants to talk about contraception.
BEHAR: But when someone like Rick Santorum says he’s going to take it away, we care. [Applause]
HALEY: Well, while we care about contraception, let’s be clear. All we’re saying is we don’t want government to mandate when we have to have it or when we don’t. We want to be able to make that decision. We don’t government making that decision for us.
Okay, she got that last part right, we certainly don’t want that. But there’s something that Nikki doesn’t get there is no government mandate that dictates when women have to have birth control or when we don’t. That’s not the concern, though—the concern is that insurances don’t have to cover it. Some officials are trying to make it so that employer can ask for medical proof that you need it for something other than contraceptive. That’s what we care about!
Now, most insurance companies do cover birth control. It’s good economics to do so at no additional cost because it’s good public health policy. But they do not force them down anyone’s throat. If you need or want them you can have them, to insinuate that Obamacare is forcing women on the pill (which might not be a bad thing) is insane.
The fact that Haley brought up the idea that the media just wants to talk about contraception is laughable as well. Studies show that the majority of Americans (all races, genders, religions and political parties) are for a mandate that covers birth control. Of course we want to talk about it—it’s an important issue—but let’s be clear: Haley’s party made it an issue to begin with! You made your bed, Governor, and I hope you have protection when you lay in it.
Here’s the problem with Dan Savage: he gives you the good advice you don’t want to hear. But. Is it really a problem?
Savage writes Savage Love, a weekly sex and relationship advice column that runs in a number of newspapers around North America. I love his column and find his advice, for the most part, to be incredibly funny and incredibly honest.
Savage’s real strength is his ability to handle even the most taboo sexual topics with the same reason and frankness that he applies to his most “vanilla” cases. Are you a feminist who enjoys being spanked but worries that S&M play threatens your relationship’s sense of equality? Get a necklace to figure out who’s in charge and when.
He’s gotten in a bit of trouble in the past for some of his more controversial or less sensitive views — like his belief that the female genitalia looks like …
Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle on Friday denounced Majority Leader Harry Reid as a “desperate man” who was distorting her conservative record while ignoring a state that leads the nation in joblessness, foreclosures and bankruptcies.
She called for repeal of the health care overhaul, lower taxes and disbanding federal agencies, including the Education Department, that she said had responsibilities that can be handled at the state level.
Ouch. The thing is, Angle seems to be of the mindset that liberals want to pay higher taxes and have everything from health care to the production of breakfast cereal be controlled at the highest level of government. This is patently ridiculous, and Barack Obama called her out on it.