June 24, 2013
Pro-life My Left Tit

This from Syrbal at Herlander-Walking:

So, all you holy-rolling-fetus-ophiles? Ignoring the pains and suffering and needs of not only living CHILDREN and their inconveniently mouthy MOTHERS is working against your “every sperm-result-is-sacred” mission. Maybe women wouldn’t reluctantly (I have yet to meet a woman choosing abortion who is happy with the choice) select to NOT be pregnant if they weren’t treated so poorly WHILE pregnant. And maybe – just maybe – if they thought they might get a reasonable amount of aid AFTER they had the helpless little thing that would attach to a kneecap within months of leaving the womb, even nasty evil liberal feminist “bitches/sluts” like me would be more inclined to select “live birth” on some survey?

Besides, wtf is your beef? After all, all those wee dead fetus-beings? They are innocent and go direct to the arms of your loving (if singularly neglectful) Jesus, right? What, heaven isn’t good enough for the wee tissue-bits? They HAVE to go through the same shit on earth as the rest of us first? Well, now …. just how loving and gentle “let the little children come unto me” is that shit? Maybe you all anti-abortion allegedly pro-life sorts are just afraid that the full measure of mean-minded ‘told you so’ suffering is being escaped by SOMEbody?

Syrbal has been pregnant at least seven times and has three living children, which gives her what lawyers call “standing” in the current anti-abortion debate. In a perfect world she’d be called before Congress to explore the issue with Tennessee Representative Marsh Blackburn, who is the GOP’s attempt to put a female face on the effort to pass what Rachel Maddow calls “the most sweeping restrictions on reproductive rights to reach the floor of Congress in a decade.”

Not that I’m suggesting a ladylike discussion of ladyparts conducted under Robert’s Rules of Order. I’m thinking more under the Rules of the Knife Fight here — “There are no rules in a knife fight.”

Congressperson Blackburn and Syrbal are pictured below. See if you can tell which is the witch and which just rhymes with it. (h/t to Nancy Reagan. But you knew that already, didn’t you?)




Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 24, 2013 09:48 PM
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Interesting post, but what does Nancy Reagan have to do with it? That "rhymes with witch" reference is to Newt Gingrich's mom in her interview with Connie Chung.

And if that last graf is a cute way of calling the Congresswoman a bitch, then no. Just no. Not cool. It's just as reductive and sexist no matter which "side" the woman is on.

Posted by: Tim on June 25, 2013 12:16 PM

According to Wikiquote we're both wrong:

"I can’t say it, but it rhymes with rich."

---Barbara Bush on her opinion of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro; it has sometimes been reported that she had said "It rhymes with "witch". The New York Times (15 October, 1984)---

But in the larger sense, you might be right and I wrong. I certainly meant bitch, and certainly it's reductive. No doubt Marsha is kind to dogs and members of her church. Sexist, though? I don't know. Her political views are mean, cruel, and they strike me as in themselves highly sexist. Just as Clarence Thomas's political views make him a racist even though he's black. He's also a prick but does saying so make me a sexist? What if I called him a bitch? What if Rachel Maddow called him one? What if she called him a prick?

Not sure I know the answer myself. These things can get confusing.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on June 25, 2013 1:29 PM
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