Tuesday, February 14, 2012

14 February 2012 Anything but Hallmark

Santorum's stone-age view of women
By Stephanie Coontz, Special to CNN
updated 11:15 AM EST, Tue February 14, 2012
 it is worth revisiting a couple of its points. Take, for instance, the book's dismissal of programs to help impoverished single mothers improve their job prospects by returning to school: "The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong." Or its claim that unnamed "surveys" have shown that educated professional women find it "easier, more 'professionally' gratifying, and certainly more socially affirming, to work outside the home than to give up their careers to take care of their children."
The Santorums' apparent hostility to women's educational and professional advancement is insulting and out of touch with today's world. But it is also odd in light of their purported interest in the welfare of children. It turns out that the most powerful single influence on a child's educational success is not the mother's marital status but her own level of education and her educational aspirations for her children, according to education researcher W. Norton Grub.”

Fox Commentator: Military Rape, "What Did They Expect?"
By Andy Newbold, Media Matters for America
13 February 12
 Fox's Liz Trotta on sexual assault in military: "What did they expect? These people are in close contact."
http://readersupportednews.org/images/stories/alphabet/rsn-D.jpgduring a segment about new rules regarding women in the military, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta attacked the Department of Defense for increasing spending on support programs for victims of sexual assault. Trotta also reacted to a Pentagon report showing a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults since 2006 by stating: "Well, what did they expect? These people are in close contact."
Trotta began by claiming "we have women once more, the feminist, going, wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time" and later added that feminists "have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims' advocates, sexual response coordinators.... you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much."
When Fox News anchor Eric Shawn said that "many would say that they need to be protected," Trotta replied: "That's funny, I thought the mission of the" armed forces "was to defend and protect us, not the people who were fighting the war."
From the February 12 edition of Fox News' America's News HQ:”

Cassi Creek:
          It is readily apparent that the GOP\teavangelist\Fox News triad of repression is primed to repeal all the social, cultural, and political gains made by women since the American colonies were established. 
          Santorum, accompanied by the males-only Catholic Bishops organization is frothing at the mouth in his intent to prevent any and all access to birth control and any other method of family planning than Vatican roulette.  History documents a long period, around 2000 years or so, when priests, bishops, cardinals, and popes saw no reason to suffer celibacy their selves while still denying any sexual activity to their captive congregations. 
          Trotta, expressing the Fox News approach to women’s rights, must have some terrific columns on the spike.  She’s an apologist for every rapist, for every wife beater, for all the actions overlooked in today’s America because they happen primarily to women. 
          It doesn’t surprise me to see this sort of stupidity and bigotry expressed by Fox News and its medieval viewpoint for life.  We all know that it supports the suppression of women right along with the suppression of intellect, equality, and truth.  This is the sort of comment that is going to show up later in speeches by Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann as they try to blame rape and murder on the victims while using religious arguments to convince the victims that they are at fault. 
          I don’t see it that way, never have, never will.  My mother brought me up to know better than that.  
          Still, the triad of repression will spend hours talking about the economic impact of today, Valentine’s Day.  They’ll push roses, chocolate, and expensive meals, all proffered in hopes of being compensated by the recipient with some sexual favors. 
          On this day of commercial celebration, sex is fine as long as the financial component is disguised expensively.  Hallmark generates large returns and lobbyists have an easy sell.  Two people, in love, making love, without benefit of commercial assistance – obviously sinful, forbidden, and should be banned by Bishops in Boston.


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