Phyllis Schlafly, Asshole of the Day for September 2, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Every now and then the GOP will try to hide their war on women by pushing front and center a woman who is also happy to do so. Last summer during Rick Perry’s push to restrict abortion under the guise of protecting women’s health (despite there being no exception to save the life of the mother), they trotted out Rep. Jody Laubenberg who justified the lack of exception for rape by claiming “rape kits prevent pregnancy”, instead of that they are merely to gather evidence of the crime of rape. Last week I satirized this as
And of course one woman has relished her role in trying to keep women oppressed for almost 40 years— Phyllis Schlafly. And over the weekend, she spoke out and claimed that rape and domestic violence are the fault of single, career women:
We all know that married men can still be violent to their families, but they are far less likely to be violent against women than are live-in boyfriends.
Why is this? It’s true that women who have found men who are already better partners are more likely to marry them, but it’s also true that marriage settles men down. Being married makes a man care more about his family’s expectations and future because he sees his family as enduring. It also makes him more faithful and committed to his partner. Marriage makes men directly protective of their wives, and living in a home with their daughters gives them the opportunity to be directly protective of them as well. Marriage also creates indirect protection for wives and daughters, because married women and their children tend to live in safer neighborhoods.
So what’s the answer for women who worry about male violence? It’s not to fear all men. It’s to reject the lifestyle of frequent “hookups,” which is so much promoted on college campuses today, while the women pursue a career and avoid marriage.
She starts by identifying that women are less likely to marry men who commit violence against them, which should adequately explain why domestic violence is more common among unmarried women. That makes sense and we can all agree on that. I’ve even made that exact same argument in June when Bradford Wilcox blamed single moms for the sexual abuse of their daughters.
But rather than stick with the wisdom of women to explain these differences, she goes the other direction and assumes that in marriage women calm men down so that they are no longer interested in hurting women. Thus women who haven’t married are the real culprits here. It’s important to note how ridiculous this is— where many conservatives will blame a woman for her own rape because of what she was wearing, etc., Schlafly is blaming all single women (and especially career women) for all the rapes and domestic violence in the world.
Another point here is that she assumes that domestic violence and rape are part of the nature of single men. To her men are all monsters, but that’s OK, because that’s how God made them. It’s not their fault— women are supposed to fix that, and if not, well, that’s the woman’s fault.
So, for blaming single women for domestic violence and rape, Phyllis Schlafly is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Phyllis Schlafly’s second time as Asshole of the Day. Her previous win was for saying the best way to help women is to pay men even more or women will never get married.
Full story: Right Wing Watch.
I heard her being interviewed by Thom Hartmann today and it was great hearing him call her out on stupid things.