Gary is taking a break from blogging. Our guest blogger is Joyce Fitzpatrick.
The war on women continues.
Cokie Roberts spoke Tuesday evening at the Kenan- Flagler School at UNC Chapel Hill about how inhospitable the Romney/Ryan ticket had been to women and immigrants. They responded in huge numbers to give President Obama his November victory. When the smoke cleared, there were 20 women in the US Senate and 80 in the House.
In North Carolina, women have endured a week when things ratcheted up as the NC General Assembly convened and almost immediately bills targeting women flew. Threats to Medicaid, unemployment benefits and education were first up.
Governor McCrory slammed gender studies, “If you want to take gender studies that’s fine, go to a private school and take it.” But, his sharp language did not stop there, as he went on to rail against “butts in seats not butts in jobs” and then to question why women make up a majority of community college students. Earth to McCrory. Do not bite the hand that feeds you. In today’s News and Observer, Rick Martinez doubles down: “Has the scholarship in (women’s studies) progressed beyond the perpetuation of victimhood?” Please.
At the Lillian’s List legislative breakfast on Wednesday morning, Rep. Deborah Ross proclaimed, “Sixty-five percent of the North Carolinians who don’t have photo IDs are female seniors. Why don’t they want Grandma to vote?” The newly elected and incumbent pro-choice women in the NC General Assembly ended the breakfast with a raucous Fired Up. Ready to Go chant. Watch out boys, you best not mess with mothers and grandmothers.
And, adding insult to injury, Rep. Rayne Brown, a Republican from Lexington and Rep. Tim Moffitt, a Republican from Asheville introduced House Bill 34 which would make it illegal for women to bare their nipples in public. Time for a topless revolt.
It is a war out there. Good thing Raleigh’s new police chief is a woman. We might need some help keeping the peace on Jones Street.