(Disclaimer: I love Capaldi)
Yesterday, Politico published a leaked report commissioned by two Republican lobbying groups on how the party can better attract female voters. The report, based on a recent poll of 800 female registered voters as well as a series of focus groups, is titled “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real…
Oh yeah, you gotta read this.
Yesterday, Politico published a leaked report commissioned by two Republican lobbying groups on how the party can better attract female voters. The report, based on a recent poll of 800 female registered voters as well as a series of focus groups, is titled “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities.” The central challenge facing the Republican party is that women—particularly single women and women who have graduated from college—are “barely receptive” to its policies, and are likely to consider the party “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion,” and “stuck in the past.”
Here’s where the “real opportunity” comes in: If only the Republicans could explain to these women that they are wrong, their votes would come flooding in. The report says that it is a “lack of understanding” between women and Republicans that “closes many minds to Republican policy solutions.” Republicans can attract the female vote by attacking the Democratic claim that GOP policies do not promote “fairness” for women and dealing “honestly with any disagreement on abortion” before moving on to “other issues.”
Today, R.R. Reno, editor of First Things (a journal that promotes “economic freedom” and a “morally serious culture”), published a very helpful essay illustrating how this fresh new strategy might work in practice. Reno begins his piece with a richly-drawn portrait of a hypothetical female Democratic voter: She is a “single, 35-year-old McKinsey consultant living in suburban Chicago who thinks of herself as vulnerable and votes for enhanced social programs designed to protect against the dangers and uncertainties of life.” (Reno does not specify the number of cats she owns, but for the purposes of this discussion, let’s assume the answer is “several.”) Reno speculates that this woman (whom he has invented and preprogrammed with opinions) feels “judged” by a Republican platform that opposes gay marriage, because “she intuitively senses that being pro-traditional marriage involves asserting male-female marriage as the norm—and therefore that her life isn’t on the right path.” So she votes for the Democrat, who does not appear to be “intolerant” of her lifestyle.
Here comes the part of the exercise where Reno carefully instructs this fantasy lady liberal that she has chosen poorly, and that the Republican party is the logical choice for a woman in her circumstance. This woman is suffering from “various kinds of personal unhappiness related to the lack of clear norms for how to live,” Reno writes. She secretly “wants to get married and feels vulnerable because she isn’t and vulnerable because she’s not confident she can.” And so, actually, she should support the party that wants to force people into traditional marriages, thus improving her chances of getting married herself. (Perhaps she can marry a gay man?) If only our hypothetical cat lady could get on board, she would get a husband, the Republicans would get another married woman to add to their key demographic, and gay people would get totally screwed. (Yay?)
In short, Republicans understand women plenty—it’s women who don’t understand themselves. Sounds like a promising strategy that will work with many, many sad single ladies that Republicans have invented in their brains. Next step: Finally granting imaginary women the right to vote.
A woman can’t object to legally mandating “traditional marriage” because it’s a homophobic, misogynistic airless room from hell and/or she’s queer, no, it must be that she hasn’t had the right dicking yet/found the right man. It’s not possible for a woman to have an actual, like, ideological objection to anything.
Please ignore the long history of intellectual and ideological work done by women throughout history and all the thoughtful women talking about their diverse needs and advocating for themselves today. That’s all just hysteria!
Women are only capable of being bitter, sad, Miss Havishams with a hole in their soul only marriage to a man can fill.
Suddenly I understand very clearly how Republicans can think same-sex marriage is a threat to traditional marriage. I mean, if traditional marriage is something women have to get lured into and might break away from at any instant…’cause they’re hysterical, of course…
wow. that is some epic footbullet action right there.
She’s looking dreamy but probably thinking about winds and waves and learning things.
Just realized that the anti-abortion argument has a lot in common with anti-vaccers.
They’re both the products of ignorance, of a wealthy society that modern medicine has insulated from nature, from reality.
One that doesn’t realize anymore that pregnancy kills. Not just childbirth: that pregnancy itself damages your body. That developing fetuses will strip-mine your organs, including your brain. That pregnancy and childbirth with those large brains and skulls is so taxing that female evolution for endurance has been the rate-limiting step on human evolution for intelligence, and we still had a spectacular rate of death in childbirth and death during pregnancy because that level of exertion
was still deadly for a species
that will run hundreds of miles for fun.
The female body exhibits humanity’s physical adaptations more strongly than the male body, our pelvises are different so bone spars don’t go anywhere that’ll make us bleed to death in seconds, our muscle tissue is built from the ground up to be able to power itself for hours, because it needed to be.
Deadly diseases are less common now, so people don’t see that pregnant women, already fighting to survive, have less to fight disease with. They don’t realize that reproduction has always been at the expense of the mother’s body. That it may be a price the mother considers worth paying, but it is one HELL of a price. It is not a free lunch.
And coming up short, not having the strength, means death.
M-preg is impossible because male bodies are not built to survive that shit. Running hundreds of miles sure. Pregnancy? Childbirth? Out of their league. Those adaptations are expensive: men don’t have to be built that strong, so they aren’t.
The Puritans, the Puritans, who thought that sperm had souls, would allow anyone who wanted one to get an abortion, because well duh. Masturbation was evil, abortions weren’t, because masturbation was letting souls never be born for pleasure, while abortion saved lives. None of this ‘oh, damage to every organ in your body isn’t enough medical reason’ - pregnancy was an incredible strain on the body, heavy labor was also an incredible strain on the body, and deadly diseases happened. They believed that it was a woman’s duty to be fruitful and multiply, sure, but that meant picking when it was safest to do deadly shit, otherwise you’d be too dead to reproduce.
And of course modern society ignores that once upon a time, morality meant controlling penises, not just vaginas.
Perhaps check out my Modern!Tortall fic I just posted? There are heavy doses of Kel/Neal friendship :D
Odds were that no more than a hundred girls had ever stepped foot on the Jassonian Royal Academy’s campus. Or at least Kel felt that way sometimes. As the first girl to openly be a student at JRA in more than half a century, she was usually the lone minor female population there. The only time other females her age loitered the campus was during school dances or on a game night perhaps. Most days JRA was like a boy’s sanctuary, a sanctuary Kel had apparently “somehow infiltrated” on her arrival five years ago.
Back in Tortall after six years living in the Yamani Islands, her tenth birthday had marked the minimum age requirement for the Jassonian Royal Academy’s admittance procedures. The procedure had been rougher than Kel imagined it would’ve been. She had been subjected to more interviews, tests and background checks than she was sure any boy had ever been. JRA may have been a conservative private school, but boys of noble blood were almost always admitted in hopes that their parents would look upon the school in favor. Kel’s father, Baron Piers of Mindelan, held a seat in Parliament. If she had been a boy they would have been trying to lasso her into the doors.
It’s a modern day Tortall fic that takes place 1060 H.E. in a metropolis Corus, Tortall.
I’d appreciate any interest given to it. :)
However cool you are, you will never be as cool as Disco!Pertwee.
my boyfriend saw this and told me to “stop watching porn”
dat practical armor
I love every aspect of this.
NO you guys don’t understand, the entire book is like this. They tried to cram in all sorts of representation of different races and the art is gorgeous and it’s GREAT! The picture for a spellcaster is a female human who is wearing BAGGY, NON-SEXUALIZED CLOTHING AND NO MAKEUP because she’s in a dungeon, she doesn’t have time to do her hair cmon.
You know, this makes D&D more accessible to me. I tried to play. I tried to play with a bunch of white dudes and I just couldn’t. I just couldn’t handle all the male fuckery
OMG ALL THE ABOVE COMMENTARY MAKES ME SO HAPPY
Playboy’s catcall flowchart.
I’m reblogging Playboy. Somebody stop me.
Even Playboy wants men to stop screaming at women on the street. When the pinnacle of female objectification is telling you you’re being a sexist pig, maybe for real you’re being a sexist pig. (I mean, women have been telling you you’re a sexist pig for catcalling for a long time, but then again, they’re *women* so their opinions don’t count. Now a magazine for men has acknowledged it so LISTEN UP.)
I’ve been looking for this for far too long