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Editorial: Women have come a long way, but may be losing ground




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April 11, 2012 | 1,919 views | 10 comments

Some from my generation will remember the old commercial for Virginia Slims.

The cigarette was marketed to women with the slogan: “You’ve come a long way, baby!”

Women have come a long way, but now may be risking their progress by playing the victim whenever it’s expedient. By joining the politically correct crowd, they often look foolish and helpless, as when they demand free contraceptives.

A 30-year-old law student at Georgetown University named Sandra Fluke testified before a congressional committee that she and others like her could not afford to pay for their own contraceptives. Rush Limbaugh made some disparaging remarks about her and her testimony and a national firestorm erupted in the media.

Even the president called Ms. Fluke to apologize for Limbaugh’s hurtful remarks, as if she were some poor, helpless little victim that needed defending. Chris Matthews compared the president’s call to another call by another president. President Kennedy (then a senator) called Coretta Scott King to offer his support. What a putdown to brave women everywhere, and Ms. King certainly is among the brave.

But, as Ed Schultz of MSNBC said, if ever there was a time to push to get Limbaugh off the air, now was the time. The push, of course, did not work. It turns out that women are interested in more than free contraceptives; they are concerned about things such as the economy.

This is the plight of women in 2012. Liberal women are so thin-skinned that the president calls to apologize for remarks about a political hack (Fluke) who passed herself off as an innocent student.

Conservative women, on the other hand, have had to develop a thick skin, as there are no calls from the president, even when denigrating remarks are aimed at their children. This was the case when Bristol Palin, then a mere teenager, was the butt of jokes from Bill Maher. Bristol is rightfully awaiting the president’s call, but I’m afraid it will be a long wait.

She wrote in an open letter to the president on her blog: “Your $1million donor Bill Maher has ... made fun of my brother because of his Down’s Syndrome. He said I was f---d so hard a baby fell out. ...

“If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money ... I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your [own] mom was a teenager.”

Bristol is far from the only conservative woman to receive such insults. The same treatment was experienced by Laura Ingraham, Michele Bachmann, Michelle Malkin, and just about any other conservative woman who has attained political power, because the liberals do not understand political conservatism.

Another recent example came when Karen Finney expressed her frustration over Rick Santorum’s victory in several Southern primaries. She could not explain why women would possibly support a conservative candidate unless, perhaps, they are just “angry, ignorant, and racist.”

“It’s a little painful,” she said, “because I’m wondering if those women really heard the full message.”

Well, Ms. Finney, I happen to be one of “those women,” and we understand what you do not. As Bristol proved by speaking out, we are not going to take it anymore.

Women have made significant gains, and we don’t want those gains trivialized by demanding that someone else pay for our contraceptives. Women’s rights are about so much more than allowing ourselves to be portrayed as victims.

Note: A version of this column ran in the La Vernia News on March 22, 2012.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
April 23, 2012 8:50am
 
"Viagara is a "TREATMENT" for a medical condition not a 'fun time drug'" Nobody ever died from ED. It is not a disease. You might not be as "happy" with ED, but it won't kill you. Get ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 21, 2012 9:22pm
 
"Senior"...Viagara is a "TREATMENT" for a medical condition not a 'fun time drug'. I don't feel particularly good about paying for viagara either even though it is used for a real health problem. ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
April 21, 2012 4:59pm
 
4th ... same goes for men. Read the Bible! And viagra should not be paid for by us taxpayers. In fact, people should buy their own medication. Insurance should be for catastrophic illnesses. Period!

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 21, 2012 2:25pm
 
All you women out there that are not married and harping about not getting your contraceptives paid for by the government ought to turn red with embarrassment, humiliation. You don't seem to know that sex without marriage is ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 21, 2012 2:21pm
 
"My Opinio"...you need to take some smart pills. Viagra is for erectile dysfunction which is a medical condition (DUH!)...Birth control pills ARE NOT! You really must stop listening to all those old liberal, left ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
April 21, 2012 9:51am
 
My Opinion, Are you talking about the brilliant, genius liberal minds like Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Barbara Boxer, and and the like? Conservative women such as Condi Rice, Michelle Bachman, Michelle Malkam, and others ... More ›

 
Super Conservative  
San Antonio  
April 20, 2012 6:33pm
 
MyOpinions opinion is definitely of the liberal mindset. She seems to think it is okay to join the constitution crushing rhetoric from the demagogues in Washington and the main stream media. 1. Freedom of Religion- why would ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
April 20, 2012 5:53pm
 
There are plenty of brilliant conservative woman. Condi Rice, Fiona, whitman- i actually found myself liking Michelle Bachmann during her campaign. I havent liked her posturing in the past, but she ran a decent campaign and ... More ›

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
April 20, 2012 5:26pm
 
People like Bristol Palin? You mean teen mothers? I though you folks were quick to defend those types, MyOpic. And men don't get government subsidized Viagra either. That's almost theist ridiculous thing you've written ... More ›

 
MyOpinion  
Floresville  
April 20, 2012 5:11pm
 
Oh Elaine, really. Sandra Fluke was talking about health care for women. Why is it that we can supply men with Viagra but we can not supply women with contraceptives? Have you not ever heard of contraceptives being used for ... More ›

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