For too long, Democrats have been willing to accept the idea that protecting the lives, bodies, and futures of their constituents is an “idealistic” move. As opposed to, you know, their job.
When we want to “protect” little girls from the wrong clothing, the wrong online presence, the wrong stage of physical development, we really want to “protect” them from looking like women, and receiving the abuse that women get.
Schlafly has actively motivated more women to join the workplace, and laid the groundwork for their success. Grizzly Moms, straight shooters and anti-choicers are all, ultimately, Schlafly’s daughters.
The decision facing the Supreme Court now is not simply whether the Wal-Mart case is too large to be prosecuted as a class-action lawsuit. It is whether women constitute a class.
Charlie Sheen the tragedy, Charlie Sheen the criminal, Charlie Sheen the misogynist: they’re all easily subsumed into Charlie Sheen the Exceedingly Masculine.
What stands out here is how similar the reactions have been, in two very different cases.
When you’re dealing with elected officials who want to let your doctor kill you, the process of framing a retort is more difficult. What do we say? “Dear Congress, I don’t want to die?”