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Right-Wing War on Women: Rick Perry and the Texas Taliban (“This is pure evil”)

Rick Perry, woman-hating leader of the Texas Taliban

Woman-hating leader of the Texas Taliban, Rick Perry

The Texas Taliban, otherwise known as the right-wingnut theocratic regime of Texas governor Rick Perry, have this torture of a woman laid solely at their doors. No doubt they would chuckle in glee when they read this, because that’s what the Taliban does.

A triumph for the Texas Taliban:

From the moment he was born, my doctor told us, our son would suffer greatly.

But did the state of Texas, under the godly, merciful regime of Rick Perry, care one whit? No.

My counselor said that the law required me to have another ultrasound that day, and that I was legally obligated to hear a doctor describe my baby.

The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.

But did the state of Texas, under the godly, merciful regime of Rick Perry, care one whit? No.

“I’m so sorry that I have to do this,” the doctor told us, “but if I don’t, I can lose my license.”

When the description was finally over, the doctor held up a script and said he was legally obliged to read me information provided by the state.

As Ophelia Benson, author of this blog post, says, “This is pure evil.”

This is gleeful, wanton torture of a woman, by the godly, merciful, theocracy-based regime of Rick Perry, to badger and force her to have a baby whose future will be nothing but suffering — a baby that Rick Perry’s state will abandon and refuse to help from the moment they force it to be born.

This is — this is — this IS — pure evil.


March 16, 2012 Posted by | * Religious violence, * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Four

Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Four.

“By the authority vested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape…”


March 15, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Three

Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Three.

“On behalf of Governor Rick Perry, welcome to your complimentary transvaginal exam…”

March 14, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Women Respond to Republicans – “We’re Women. We Vote.”


March 14, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Georgia Republican compares Women to Chickens and Pigs

…demonstrating just how high an opinion these right-wing men who can’t think of anything but women’s genitals and reproduction really have of us.

Rep. Terry England compares women to cows, pigs and chickens. from Bryan Long on Vimeo.


March 10, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , | Leave a comment

Peas in a Pod

Guess what these three things have in common:

Honor Killing – “An honor killing is the murder of a victim (almost always a female) by, or at the behest of, close family members with the aim of undoing the loss, or perceived loss, of wider family status owing to the actions or status of the victim. Victims are usually killed for actions seen to be sexually immodest.”

Would you pledge your virginity to your father? – “The event’s purpose is, in part, to celebrate dad-daughter bonding, but the main agenda is for fathers to vow to protect the girls’ chastity until they marry and for the daughters to promise to stay pure. Pastor Randy Wilson, host of the event and cofounder of the ball, strides to the front of the room, takes the microphone and asks the men, “Are you ready to war for your daughters’ purity?” ”

Teen died of strangulation – “Aqsa Parvez was strangled to death in her Mississauga home, Peel police said today. An autopsy revealed the cause of death as “neck compression.” The 16-year-old was taken to hospital Monday morning after a man called police and said he killed his daughter. She died later that night. Friends told reporters that Aqsa fought with her Muslim family over whether or not to wear the hijab. She often stayed overnight with friends, afraid to go home, they said.”

Do you sense the common denominator here?? It’s all about MEN CONTROLLING WOMEN. Period. Especially, especially controlling who gets between their legs. (The women, apparently, don’t get to decide that.)

Men have always insisted that they should control women, of course. It’s an old, evil illness they just can’t seem to shake. There have been men controlling women (violently or not) for millenia, in every organization, group, political party, or philosophy in history.

But in the case of most of the “Purity Balls,” “honor” killings, and in the case of Aqsa Pervez two days ago — that crime was compounded, as it has been throughout history — by religion.

Religious men have really created a perfect scenario for themselves. Not only do they crave to exert control over women — but in their religion, they get to be told that it’s compulsory. And the women, damn them, have to submit and obey these gloriously self-righteous men or risk eternal damnation.

As I’ve listened to CBC news over the past couple of days, I can tell they’re so worried about not offending religious and other groups that they’re trying to portray this as a matter of parent-child cultural conflict. A typical generation gap issue, though in Aqsa’s case, taken to extremes because “culture” was involved.

IT IS NOT PARENT-CHILD CULTURAL CONFLICT. If that were the case, the news would be just as full of stories about fathers killing their SONS.

It. is. not.

This is about the War Against Women, and in the above cases, religion is being lassoed by the men to justify what they wanted to do all along anyway — control women. Show what big, powerful men they are.

Tell these uppity women just exactly what they can wear, and, by god, who is and is not allowed between their legs!

And if these men can’t control these uppity women who want to be, you know, mature, self-determining human beings whose lives and bodies belong to themselves — why, the women must be killed. Men must NOT be disobeyed or crossed. Or else.

The macho, warring men taking their daughters to the Purity Balls (looking them in the eyes, putting rings on their fingers, and pledging to guard these girls’ virginity till they hand it over to another man — can there be anything more incestuous??) — these guys haven’t (so far) killed any of their little darlings who, it turns out, decide to have sex before marriage after all.

But it’s coming. It’s just a matter of time.

Because this is all about men controlling women, and religion giving them all the excuse they could ever want, to do it.

December 12, 2007 Posted by | * War against women | , , | Leave a comment