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The 11 Dumbest Things Conservatives Have Said About Women

From Rush Limbaugh to the Pope, it's been one of the worst months ever for verbalized sexism.

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She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps.


2. "Lavishly contracepted." "By any reasonable standard, we are one of the most lavishly contracepted society in the history of the planet," Rich Lowry wrote earnestly in his New York Post column. (h/t to Irin Carmon). This phrase led to a spate of online jokes about diamond-encrusted IUDs and gold-plated condoms (not to mention birth control pills spiked with designer drugs). But Lowry's words underscore the fallacy that is so common to conservative perspectives on the issue: that legality equals availability. For abortion and contraception, cost is a genuinely prohibitive barrier--as Fluke's testimony shows.

A right is a right in name only if it's not combined with access.

3. "What do you expect from a woman driver?" You know you're hearing a throwback back to another era when a complaint about those darn women drivers assaults your ears. But king of the misogynists  Rush Limbaugh (yep, him again) wasn't criticizing race car pro Danica Patrick for her driving chops, of which she has some of the world's best, but for sticking up for the president on contraception. And for the runner up, this one is just pathetic:  denying the existence of "birth control moms," as though any woman who has ever had a child would be against birth control.

4. Women in the military should "expect" to be raped. Why, exactly? This gem came from Fox News talking-head Liz Trotta, who in addition to asking "what do they expect?" when confronted with the upsurge of rapes in the military, criticized the money spent on dealing with those rapes:

And the 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... So, 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.

Trotta later refused to apologize, that class act.


Meanwhile, Rick Santorum said: "When you have men and women together in combat, I think men have emotions when you see a woman in harm’s way.’’ 

As Jon Stewart asked: which of these dueling instincts kick in, right-wing? Rape or protect?

5. In my day, "gals" used to put an "aspirin between their knees" [for contraception]. This misguided attempt at nostalgia may be one of the most egregious examples of the kind of talk that's circulating about women in right-wing circles. It came courtesy of Rick Santorum  super PAC sugar-daddy Foster Friess whose retro recommendation for contraception is pretty much in line with the candidate's. 

Here's the key transcript, with Andrea Mitchell's shocked response:

This contraceptive thing, my gosh it's such inexpensive, back in my days we used Bayer aspirin for contraception, the gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly.

Mitchell: Um, excuse me, I'm trying to catch my breath from that Mr. Friess, frankly...


6Dana Loesch: Women already consented to be penetrated when they got pregnant. When discussing the Virginia bill that would have mandated certain kinds of invasive ultrasounds for women, Loesch seemed unable to process the idea that consent is needed every single time a person's body is penetrated. "They had no problem having similar to a transvaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy," she said. Fortunately, Loesh was not alone -- her words were echoed by a legislator working on the provision.

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