There’s is nothing more contradictory than a Female Republican in Congress. Keep in mind, the standard dogma of the right wing is that women are inherently inferior to men and should get their asses back in the kitchen and back to work pumping out babies. You’d think that Republican women would push back at the sexism just a teeny tiny little bit.
But you’d be wrong.
Michelle Bachmann, one time contender for the presidency, gave an interview to WND.com (where tinfoil hats are standard issue) in which she slobbered over Phyllis Schlafly, a woman whose entire life’s work has been dedicated to undermining the progress women have made over the last 100 years.
Here’s a few quotes from this paragon of conservatism:
- Sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for virtuous women.
- People think that child-support enforcement benefits children, but it doesn’t.
- Putting women in military combat is the cutting edge of the feminist goal to force us into an androgynous society.
- When will American men learn how to stand up to the nagging by the intolerant, uncivil feminists whose sport is to humiliate men?
And my personal favorite that perfectly sums up the right wing’s view of women:
By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape.
As far as Schlafly is concerned, women should submit to the 1950s Father Knows Best fantasy narrative where women are just silly little creatures that need a strong man to guide them. If you insist on having a career of your own and that your husband share parenting responsibilities, you’re a terrible person not fit to be a mother.
No woman will ever surpass what Schlafly has accomplished, Bachmann declared, and “if the true story of America’s greatness is written, there will be more than a chapter written on Phyllis Schlafly.”
“As far as I am concerned,” she concluded, “Phyllis Schlafly truly is the epitome of womanhood and she is a woman that every young girl can pattern their life after and should choose to emulate.”
I think I just vomited in my mouth a little.