[Rand] Paul’s challenge to Obama’s executive authority to order drone killings on U.S. soil represents a threat to the Republican Party’s monopoly on manliness — and hence part of its grip on millions of white male voters — for one simple but powerful reason: it shows that (white) men can adopt an anti-militaristic stance and not be dismissed as passive and weak.
This is a few weeks old, but it’s a good take on how Paul’s filibuster is unique for members the Republican Party who wrap up their individual sense of masculinity with the size and deployment of the U.S. military.
Read more of Jackson Katz’s piece in the Huffington Post.
In Their Own Words: 10 reminders why Republicans have no business legislating (or talking about) women’s bodies
10. “[Pregnancy from rape is] a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you…[rape victims should] make the best of a bad situation.” -Rick Santorum
9. “Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” -Foster Friess
8. On abortion after rape: “I think that two wrongs don’t make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.” -Sharron Angle
7. “[Obama is for] health for the mother. You know, that’s been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything. That’s the extreme pro-abortion position, quote, ‘health.’” -Sen. John McCain
6. “The facts show that people who are raped — who are truly raped — the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant.” -Rep. Henry Aldridge
5. ”I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician with a rape issue, that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape.” -Sen. Chuck Winder
4. “If I thought that the man’s signature was required… required, in order for a woman to have an abortion, I’d have a little more peace about it.” -Rep. Alan Dick
3. “Someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.” -Rep. Eric Turner
2. “What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.” -Rush Limbaugh
1. “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare…If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” -Rep. Todd Akin
Conservative comedian Brad Stine and his stand-up routine “Political Correctness & The Wussification Of America” at CPAC. Notice how in his eyes - and presumably in the eyes of those cheering - masculinity and toughness can’t co-exist with safety and teamwork. (h/t Mediaite).
In the end, the reason Bachmann was a frightening candidate was because she’s such a perfect product of the Christian right. As such, she believed in its doctrines about gender. She disavowed feminism, proclaimed the duty of wives to obey their husbands, and told Sean Hannity that her daughters aren’t allowed to ask boys out on dates, saying, “They have to wait for the boys to call.” Perhaps she thought if she championed such strictures passionately enough, they wouldn’t apply to her.
—From “Did Sexism Do Michele Bachmann In?” by Michelle Goldberg