Did you get the memo? Apparently the thing to do this election season is to say incredibly stupid things about women. I don't have to remind you about Rush Limbagh's "slut" tirades or Santorum fundraiser Foster Friess suggesting we use aspirin for birth control. (What's that? He was joking? Oh, heh, that's a real knee-slapper!) Everyone's doing it! Mad. That's why we've compiled an album of greatest hits: People In This Election Say the Dumbest Things About Women.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on The View: "women don't care about contraception." When Joy Behar said sister, yes we do, Nikki yammered some convoluted line about "decisions" and "government mandates" making it sound like women would have less choice if insurance companies had to cover birth control. Which makes total sense in Opposite Land. Next.
Rick Santorum -- where do I even get started? "A woman impregnated through rape should accept that horribly created gift." No returns on those gifts, here that ladies? Thanks for reducing the trauma of rape into a simple lemons-into-lemonade proverb.
Rick Santorum said women don't belong in combat because it "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." Dude, are you talking about PTSD or PMS?
Florida Republican Rep. Allen West told the audience at a Women Impacting Nation meeting, "We need you to come in and lock shields and strengthen up the men that will go into the fight for you. To let these other women know, on the other side, these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient.”
M'kay... but if we really wanted to neuter men, why are we still demanding birth control? I mean, think about it.
In a 2006 Michele Bachmann said wives should be submissive to their husbands. This year when she was asked if she would be submissive to her husband if she became President Michele said that being submissive means "respect." Right. When wives submit, it's respect, but when husbands submit it's "subservient," right Allen?
Remember when Herman Cain sarcastically referred to the highest-ranking member of the Senate as "Princess Nancy?" Multiple times? That was classy.
Newt Gingrich said of his first wife, "She isn't young enough or pretty enough to be the President's wife." Yeah, there's something not quite Presidential about Newt as well, but I just can't put my finger on it... oh yes, everthing he says and does.
Ann Coulter said, "If we took away women's right to vote we'd never have to worry about another Democrat President." Super, something to piss off women across the whole political spectrum.
And now, here's someone saying something smart about women: "Let's be clear here. Women are not an interest group... They're half this country."
Do you recall any other dumb things people have said about women during this election season?
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