Here at Feminist Philosophers, we love Margaret and Helen, two righteous old ladies who are continually tearing strips off anti-woman asshats. Today, they take John Boehner to task for invoking sex-selective abortion, and pretending to care about women. Writes Helen, “The Republican party caring about women? Margaret, that dog just don’t hunt.”
A sex-selective abortion is just the symptom. The actual problem is a sex-selective society where men like Boehner and other Republican leaders continue to make women second-class citizens. Many of the bill’s supporters have rejected equal pay for women and have tried to slash funding for programs that serve women and children.
And, speaking of “sex selection,” it bears observing how many of the bill’s supporters (Boehner included) are men — men who are on the whole getting way more airtime than women when the media turns its attention to women’s issues, as this useful, depressing graphic from 4th Estate makes all too clear: