Mostly white male Republican/GOP controlled state legislatures in 45 US states introduced 944 separate ALEC model sponsored bills controlling women’s reproductive rights and freedoms between January – March 2012.
On this book’s National Equal Pay Day release date, despite there being a National Fair Pay law, women earn $0.77 on the dollar compared to their male counterparts.
You can clearly see that this War is real.
In this second book in the WTF are They Doing? series, Denis G. Campbell, editor of UK Progressive Magazine, looks in-depth at the origins of the GOP’s War on Women and its impact on the 2012 US Presidential Election.
He examines how it all started and its insidiously deep and far-reaching tentacles,
• the broader corporate-funded plan by ALEC to derail women’s workplace rights and equal pay,
• the disgusting battle for control of their reproductive system, uteruses and vaginas,
• the utter paternalistic humiliation of women via state mandated forced vaginal ultrasounds to bully and scare women at an extremely vulnerable and scarring moment when most civilised nations offer counselling and support and the sneering,
• total disregard for anything that promotes a woman’s upward mobility, striving for work-life balance and real economic growth.
As the character Sam Seaborn in ‘The West Wing’ pilot episode says, “well, this is bad on so many levels.”
As the father of three daughters, uncle to many nieces and a 1st time grandfather to a brilliant 3-year old little lady, I seethe with rage that a bunch of mostly white, ignorant Republican/GOP/Tea Party men are voting inside state legislature star chambers to exclude 52% of the population from discussion on issues affecting THEIR gender alone simply… because they can.
Having reported on and written about paternalistic societies in the Middle East, Persia, Western Asia and Northern Africa for the book Egypt Unshackled, this behaviour is every bit as loathesome as the Middle Eastern Sharia-law based societies they claim to so loathe. In those societies, they too believe that only men know what is best for women. Yet these white men in the US routinely pass silly ‘for-show’ laws to ban Sharia Law whilst practising a form of it themselves?
They then use sophisticated messaging, political SPIN, surrogate pundits and lie through their teeth to claim it is President Obama who is waging an ‘economic’ war on women to divert attention from their war?
WTF are they doing?