Rick Santorum's Beliefs About Women Should Terrify You

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Rick Santorum speaks out against women in front-line combat.
When I heard that Rick Santorum appeared to have some sort of real shot at winning the Republican nomination, I thought, Ha ha. This is the homophobe whose last name had been recast by Dan Savage to define a disgusting byproduct of anal sex, right? People actually want to elect him? And by people I mean old, straight, white guys. Weellll ... as it turns out, no, it's not just old, straight, white men. It's also (likely birth control-using) WOMEN. What. The. Hell.

In Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Mississippi, the ladies came out for sex and higher education-loathing Rick. In turn, The New Yorker asked, "How could [Mitt] Romney lose out among women to a candidate that virtually the entire mainstream media regards as an enemy of women’s rights?"

GOOD QUESTION! Especially considering the following terrifying Rick Santorum quotes ... 

Every woman should know what Santorum believes before throwing themselves and American women under the bus for this dangerous candidate.

  1. Apparently, women can't go into front-line combat, because we're too "emotional." In February he said, "I do have concerns about women in front-line combat, I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission, because of other types of emotions that are involved. It already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat, and I think that's probably not in the best interest of men, women or the mission."
  2. Then, even when he clarified #1, he put his foot in his sexist mouth. "My concern is being in combat in that situation instead of being focused on the mission, [men] may be more concerned with protecting someone who may be in a vulnerable position, a woman in a vulnerable position ... And you know, there’s just, there are physical limitations."
  3. On opposing abortion, even in cases of rape or incest: "As horrible as the way that that son or daughter was created, it still is her child. ... I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. ... We have to make the best out of a bad situation," Santorum told Piers Morgan on CNN on January 20, 2012.
  4. On "evil" birth control: "One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, ‘Well, that’s okay. Contraception’s okay.’ It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be ... I’m not running for preacher, I’m not running for pastor, but these are important public policy issues." Gaaahahhh!!!!
  5. Just try to wrap your head around this one about SAHMs. In his 2005 book, It Takes a Family, Santorum writes, "Respect for stay-at-home mothers has been poisoned by a toxic combination of the village elders’ war on the traditional family and radical feminism’s misogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect.’’ Umm ...
  6. Which leads to this one, on "radical feminists" wanting equal career opportunities -- God forbid! "The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness. ... Radical feminists have been making the pitch that justice demands that men and women be given an equal opportunity to make it to the top in the workplace,” he writes in his book.

Do these quotes freak you out? Why or, especially, why not?!


Image via Mark Taylor/Flickr

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hotrd... hotrdumommy

He freaks me out in general. Just look at him. I've seen that crazy look in every Hitchcock movie. If he wins (God forbid!!!) women might as well say it's a wrap (call it Reynolds) because we will be back in the 1950's being Holly Homemakers, barefoot and pregnant. I mean if that's your bag, that's cool. To each his own, but this man is dangerous for women and for those who don't see it, I don't know what to tell them.

nonmember avatar Graciesmom

It doesn't just freak me out - it horrified me. I cannot believe he has even the slightest chance of running this country - boggles my mind. While I may personally agree with something (I.e. #3) we live in a country where we have the freedom to believe what we want to and no woman should be forced to accept a gift from santorum's god. SMH

Felip... FelipesMom

It really frightens me that he has come as far as he has. 

MrsCh... MrsChurch

He is terrifying. The women who are supporting him should be ashamed of themselves. Disgusting.

Rhaps... RhapsodyG

As a rape victim myself, if I had become pregnant (I was not on birth control at the time and he did not use a condom--what rapist does?) I would have kept the baby or given it up for adoption. As much as I hated the man who did that to me, I don't think I have it in me to hate a baby who didn't choose to be born under those circumstances. Not everyone agrees with that standpoint, but as a rape victim, I don't find his stance on #3 offensive. (Also, less than 1% of abortions are performed for reasons of rape/incest so to use that argument in a debate is kinda disingenuous.)

Rhaps... RhapsodyG

To add: I'm not a Santorum supporter because I don't trust him. I think he has built his whole political platform on what he thinks the conservative Christian voters want to hear, but his voting record contradicts what he is saying today.

nonmember avatar JenInNC

"Rick Santorum's Beliefs About Women Should Terrify You" Yes. Yes, they do.

nonmember avatar Becky Root

I hate this guy and I hate his wife, she encourages him to wage war on women. What a sicko!

Flori... Floridamom96

Right on, Santorum! He's got my vote.

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