The War On Women

The phrase War On Women is starting to crop up on some of the internets. I recommend using the phrase as much as possible. I’ve made it a tag.

We’ll know we’re winning when Politifact rates it as “false”.

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    Dave says:

    The sad thing is that it is an accurate phrase. Why a political party would go out of its way to antagonize outright marginalize a majority of the national population is beyond me.

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    Darryl says:

    You need to add Republican. This is the Republican War on Women. That needs to be stated over and over again.

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    Brachiator says:

    By the way, a bit of sad history on a past war on women.

    A Senate committee in Australia has called for a national apology to thousands of women who were forced to give up their children for adoption from the 1950s to 1970s.
    The Community Affairs References Committee released its report on forced adoption practices based on submissions from hundreds of women
    Many women said they were coerced into signing away their children.
    Many did so because of stigma attached to unmarried motherhood at the time….
    Many said they signed consent forms allowing adoption only after being coerced. Some said they were drugged, while others said their signatures were forged.

    Conservatives want women to be forced to give birth, but sometimes they want to be able to sit in judgment about whether they are suitable mothers.

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    PeakVT says:

    I hope the outrage doesn’t peak too early. We’re still eight months away from the election.

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    boobpoop says:

    until they physically drop a literal bomb on more than one woman…

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    lamh35 says:

    Hey DougJ, as much as you FPer’s like Charles Pierce, I’m shocked no one’s posted this lovely bit by Mr Pierce:

    Obama Is the President of the United States Again

    …. After several months of watching the Republican primary process, I can’t tell you what a cool breeze it was to watch a politician who looks at a crowd and doesn’t see a group of potential marks (Romney), a collection of your fellow Elect marching with you through the dystopic Sinai that is America (Santorum), a gaggle of goldbugs (Paul), or the class of half-bright sophomores that N. Leroy Gingrich sees every time he looks anywhere but into the mirror.

    Barack Obama is not stiff. He is not bristling with unbridled id. He grins. He kids people, even the people who faint at the beginning of his speeches …. He is relaxed about the job of politics. He is the only president of the United States – real or prospective – that I’ve seen in months.

    …. He talks about the challenges Americans face, but he doesn’t do it in the gloom-ridden, stalactite-festooned, minor-key funeral mass context that the Republicans talk about them. He talks in terms of “boundless ingenuity” and “unbridled optimism.”….

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    Dave says:

    @PeakVT: I don’t think the Republicans are smart enough to let it lie. They genuinely believe this is going to help them in November.

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    geg6 says:

    Hell, Doug, I’ve using that phrasing for decades. However, perhaps we’ve finally reached the point where I not the only shrill one on this subject.

    The War Against Women is, literally, the oldest and longest running war on this planet. I am not at all afraid to keep fighting the good fight. This is why we couldn’t get the ERA passed.

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    pragmatism says:

    Zombie Reagan: Hao! Dai ye! We won again! This is good, but what is best in life?
    Wingnuts: The free market, Jesus riding a dinosaur, specific parts of the Constitution, and white evangelical Christians.
    Zombie Reagan: Wrong! el Rushbo! What is best in life?
    Rush: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women and young dominican boys.
    Zombie Reagan: That is good! That is good.

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    Billy Beane says:


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    One of the most unexpected human rights advances of the past few decades is to eradicate the ridiculous distinction of illegitimacy. So many have suffered for this.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Kind of funny watching the media portray this as one of those “50/50” issues. Some say it’s about religious liberty… I think the Tweeties and the Cokies are gonna be confused how this plays out. Even the estimable Pierce got a little concern trolly on this

    The fact that this nonsense failed by an extraordinarily narrow 51-48 reinforces my belief that this issue is not the gold-plated sure winner that White House partisans think it is.

    He then of course goes on to say that if it isn’t a winning issue, it’s Obama’s fault

    Said it before, will say it again. This is only a winning issue if the Democratic party chooses to try to win with it. My guess? The ladies are going to be told to shut their delicate pieholes and talk about the reviving economy and green jobs.

    I don’t imagine that Manchin or Casey is in trouble, but Susan Collins (or her staff) is in for a rough couple of weeks I’m guessing, and if her class was up, she would have voted with Snowe. I don’t think this issue is going away, and for every goober who thinks Obama is trying to ram Shari’a birth control down his (used advisedly) throat, a lo-info woman with a tote bag who thinks Romney ins’t one of those Repbulicans is going to think twice about her vote.

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    dedc79 says:

    It’s a fight women routinely used to lose, you know, back when they didn’t have the right to vote.

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    BGinCHI says:

    I thought Bobby Riggs lost the War on Women in the ’70s.

    Man, I need to catch up.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @PeakVT: Tweety played an ad that’s being run against Claire McCaskill “FIrst they took over the banks, then they took over health care, now Claire McCaskill and Barack Obama want to tell churches they can’t follow their own beliefs” — or pretty close to that, and definitely Obama “took over” the banks. No mention of taking over the auto industry. This whole folderol is orchestrated to run that ad against McCaskill, Kaine, Sherrod Brown and a few others.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Also, too, from a sign in my office:

    Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

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    Egg Berry says:

    Partly True – Politihack.

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    Martin says:


    I don’t think the Republicans are smart enough to let it lie. They genuinely believe this is going to help them in November.

    Well, I give them a bit more credit than that. Remember that scene in Hunt for Red October when the captain orders the sub to be turned into the approaching torpedo in order to strike it before it activates? That’s what the GOP is trying to do here – how to run up the vote count by energizing the base faster than they lose moderates. They’re counting on most people not voting. They’re counting on women not turning out. They’re counting on minorities not turning out. And poor people. They rely on that and they know that they can piss off a TON of people and lose no ground on election day.

    The sad fact is that this WILL help them on election day, but it will also hurt them. But will they get the balance right? The only cure to it is to get everyone to vote. Everyone.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Wait, they took over the banks? Funny, thought they saved those motherfuckers and let them keep their jobs and their freedoms.

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    MonkeyBoy says:

    I don’t know what it is about a certain segment of the right that likes to pick targets they think are weak and then beat up on them. Racism etc. often has a large component of bullyism.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @geg6: In case you didn’t see this thing of beauty from Comrade Mary on an earlier thread, I will repeat it for you here:

    Poor bishops. Can’t fuck, can’t count, can only move diagonally. But they do have awesome vestments.

    When I read that, for some reason I thought you might really enjoy seeing that.

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    Egg Berry says:


    can only move diagonally


    Too bad for them, Obama has an 11-dimensional chess board.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    He (Pierce) then of course goes on to say that if it isn’t a winning issue, it’s Obama’s fault.

    Yeah, but it’s Pierce, so this is a surprise.?

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    Catsy says:

    Congress has not declared that a state of war exists between the United States of America and the female sex. Nor have any American troops been deployed against women. An argument can be made that some members of both parties have cast votes that in a metaphorical sense could be likened to a “war”, but when evaluated on a factual basis we have to rate the unqualified phrase “war on women” as Mostly False.

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    piratedan says:

    @Billy Beane: they were gonna change their names from “PolitiFact” to “Some Disingenuous Fuckers” but I guess the latter was too close to violating their “Truth in Advertising” standards….

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    scav says:

    @Catsy: Furthermore, it should be remembered that no true woman would think or behave in such a way as to draw our fire. Only sluts were harmed in the making of this religious freedom.

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    lamh35 says:

    any resident law buffs know if the Georgetown student has any course of action that involves ramming Rushbo’s word down his throat and maybe hurting his pocket a hell of a lot?

    BTW, Miss Fluke put out a statement on Rushbo

    Sandra Fluke Issues Statement On Limbaugh’s Comments And Public Support

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    stevestory says:

    I urge twitterers to send politifact spoofs to #politifact.

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    Judas Escargot, Your Postmodern Neighbor says:


    I don’t think the Republicans are smart enough to let it lie. They genuinely believe this is going to help them in November.

    Which implies that they’ve seen poll data that tells them that it will. “The” math, so to speak. Who is selling them those polls, I wonder?

    BTW, alleged bomb threat at Casa de Rushbo this evening.

    How conveniently timed for them.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Tonight’s network evening news (not sure which one) had a segment on the War on Women, featuring that pile of pig shit Rush Limbaugh.

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    Cassidy says:

    @lamh35: C’mon Mr. Grim. Take a friend for Breitbart so he isn’t lonely.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Judas Escargot, Your Postmodern Neighbor: Yep. Republicans have pollsters, too. I would not doubt that they have been read.

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    KG says:

    @Judas Escargot, Your Postmodern Neighbor: they get their polls from Rassmussen, who doesn’t include cell phones, and doesn’t do call backs, and has a whole host of other problems that tends to skew their polling toward people who are old, white, and with too much free time on their hands… you know, the GOP base… and, shockingly, you get these results.

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    BarbCat says:

    I’m also organizing this virtual event: Hoyas & Harlots March On Stupid. The acronym is almost a winner too.

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    pluege says:

    I’d be careful to make that REPUBLICAN War on Women, lest our unbiased corporate media apply their standard equivalence deception.

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    Violet says:

    She’s a class act.

    Rule of threes. Davy Jones, Andrew Breitbart and…?

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    makewi says:

    Of course. Instead of focusing on the merits of the actual arguments being made – you simply lie that it’s a “war on women”. It’s dishonest, but it is sort of your thing.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Darryl: Second this.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @makewi: Go ahead and lay out those arguments. And please be specific.

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    gex says:

    @geg6: I like to point out that homophobia is ultimately rooted in misogyny. They are outraged about gay men and use images of gay men to scare people. They are not so upset about lesbians. The reason being, it is an unimaginable humiliation for a man to be like a woman in any way.

    ETA: While war on gays might appear to be turning, the fact is almost all the major victories are theirs so far. They felt comfortable enough to move on to reemphasize the war on women.

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    General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero) says:

    The phrase War On Women

    Lemme predict how this war pans out. One of the least known reasons of the fall of the Soviet Union, was not Reagan, or even internal collapse of the massive bureaucracy the communist system . It was mothers pissed off at all their sons coming home in body bags from Afghanistan, and the government lying to them that most died in agricultural accidents, and other military mistreatment of their sons.

    When these woman organized and took to the streets for some of the first public protests in that police state, the powers that be threw in the towel. It wasn’t the biggest reason that brought down that system, but it was one of the last straws with moms putting their feet down on the permanent culture of war.

    We have our own example of how these things turn out when male idiots go to far with the sense of ownership of the female population. But I always thought what happened in the late 80’s within a brutal police state, was particularly brave.

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    Chyron HR says:


    I’ve been around so long I remember back when you used to pretend to be a woman (because you thought it would give you a free pass to post bullshit).

    Pretty hilarious now that you’ve joined Rush on his “STRIP FOR US YOU SLUT BITCHES” crusade.

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    scav says:

    OT Reading the Leveson inquiry notes today and golly the Met isn’t covering itself with glory today. Been quite a week so far there too. Is it something to do with speaking English? If only. Apoptosis also seemed a solid plan C or D. (ETA: Right now Yates is my prime Doofus but I’m not done yet.)

    Oh, and makewi? Love how you worship that pair of crossed beams jammed in your eye. Suits you.

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    General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero) says:


    Well, it’s not exactly a “war of christmas” or a “war on religion”, and all the other Frank luntz borne Orwellian bullshit you wingnuts have put up over the years. Turnabout and fair play. American as apple pie, hey, Scarlett?

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    gex says:

    House Republicans are asserting the right of religious groups to decide whether individuals have access to birth control. Their policy goal is which of the following:

    1) People only ever have sex when they want a baby.
    2) People have a baby every time they have sex.
    3) Homosexuality for men alongside abstinence for women.
    4) Rape and adoption.
    5) All of the above.

    ETA: Dammit. Forgot the altar boy option.

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    gex says:

    Or: “listen you guys. If you want to have sex without having a baby you can just ass rape a child like we like to do.”

    I like to speak pretty bluntly about how I think about our moral superiors and the standards they put forth.

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    quannlace says:

    The new slogan of the GOP: “There’s nothing we don’t do to punish women for having sex.”

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    Violet says:

    Has no Democratic lawmaker or pundit put forth the observation that their religious beliefs forbid them supporting medical care for men? I’m sure some religion out there has that kind of thing as a core tenet. The Blunt amendment would allow business owners who follow that religion to be true to their religious beliefs when providing health insurance for their employees.

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    AnneW says:

    FYI, there’s a book called The Republican War against Women, which came out in 1996.

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    scav says:

    Found my religions first commandment on a scrap of paper lying about. Am willing to share, because, well, the burning text reads “You can’t have any unless you share.”

    OT continued. John Yates is not only weapons grade doofus, he’s practically troll-grade. But Andy Hayman is making it a race.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    OK, I’ll try:

    The Republicans escalated the Republican War on Women again yesterday, when Republican War on Women General “Chickenhawk” Limbaugh said that women who want their health plans to cover contraceptives are “prostitute[s]”. The Republicans have been waging the Republican War on Women ever since Reagan teamed up with Jerry “Jesus Hates You But Loves Me” Falwell during the 1980 campaign. Further escalation of the Republican War on Women is expected as the wingnuts running under the Republican banner battle each other to attempt to appeal to an ever-crazier Republican base.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Instead of focusing on the merits of the actual arguments being made – you simply lie that it’s a “war on women”.

    Perhaps you should try to develop some arguments that have actual merit since you still haven’t managed to convince anyone that a hospital and a church are so indistinguishable that you had your appendix taken out on the altar of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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    SBJules says:

    Why do Republicans hate women? Were they the dorky guys in school?

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    geg6 says:


    That is a ton of awesomeness. Heh. Can only move diagonally. Heh heh.

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    chopper says:


    well first, there are some basic facts that need to be laid out. 1). there are sluts 2). those sluts need shamin’ 3). somebody needs to shame those sluts.

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    rikyrah says:


    very very accurate

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    kay says:

    I heard Fluke on the radio. I was proud of her, to the point where I teared up listening to her.

    If she gives more interviews, El
    Rushbo’s got big problems.

    Does John Boehner have grown daughters? One wonders how conservatives live with worshipping this scumbag, and kissing his ass.

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    kay says:

    We need some clips of all the conservative leading lights appearing on Limbaugh’s show, and kissing his ass, with Rush’s voice played in between, calling this woman a slut and a prostitute.
    The part where he fantasizes about watching video of her would qualify her for a protection order from him in this rural, conservative county.

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    Betsy says:

    @WaterGirl: Wait, bishops can’t count — how’zat?

    Oh, you must mean as in the electorate is 52% women, 48% men.

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    shortstop says:

    Oh, BG, no! That sign dates from BEFORE Bobby Riggs.

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    TooManyJens says:


    since you still haven’t managed to convince anyone that a hospital and a church are so indistinguishable that you had your appendix taken out on the altar of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

    I’m going to have to remember that one.

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    Skip Intro says:

    I recommend using the phrase as much as possible.

    I think this is good advice. Given the current media crush on twitter, seems like it’d make a good hashtag, too.

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    dubo says:

    We’ll know we’re winning when Politifact rates it as “false”.


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