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12:35 PM on 04/27/2012
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This is more than a war on women, it is a war on reason.
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04:30 PM on 04/27/2012
I'm sure 50 to 60 people will show up, the amount of people who actually believe there is a war on women.
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12:30 PM on 04/27/2012
Great article!
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andvoodoo2
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12:10 PM on 04/27/2012
I will be marching in Baton Rouge, LA and I will be joined by my two DAUGHTERS!

I can't believe it's 2012 and we are still having to carry signs about equal rights for women. This country is going backwards, not forward.
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04:31 PM on 04/27/2012
No, your protest is going backwards, simply making up a war on women and then carrying signs doesn't make it true.
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andvoodoo2
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07:00 PM on 04/27/2012
Over 1100 Bills introduced in 2011 alone that were designed to limit rights for women. That's not made up - it's a FACT.
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jessjesskk
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12:05 PM on 04/27/2012
I support fully and entirely full rights for women about their body without intervention from anyone.

Nobody should have anything to say.
01:28 PM on 04/27/2012
I 75% agree. But we do have something to say in some cases.

Once the child is actually a child (meaning it can think, feel pain, etc..) then we do have a say. So extremely late term abortions are not such a black and white issue.

Second, if you drink or do drugs and cause harm to your child through that you should be thrown in prison.
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02:28 PM on 04/27/2012
In the early 70s when my dad had a vasectomy, my mom had to sign her consent as his wife: she did so writing “WITH OBJECTION” not to his vasectomy but because it was his body and he should not be required to get his wife’s permission. Things have changed for men but for women we have a very long way to go.
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knocklindquist
I still like the term compassionate conservative
12:02 PM on 04/27/2012
War on Ketchup!
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maxmama212
May you get what you wish for ~Old Chinese Curse
12:00 PM on 04/27/2012
To me it's very irritating the way some pit stay at home mothers against working mothers! I don't see why there is any issue between the two. I have been at home with my son since he was born (he's 3 now) and i plan to stay home until he starts school. However, i have no negative views of women who decide to work either because financially they have to or because they feel like their spirit needs it. It's a personal choice and just because some women stay home and others work doesn't mean one is a better or more caring mother than the other. This argument has been given new life through politics suddenly and I believe it is outdated and mothers should be above this type of dispute.

--I would just like to say that I opt out of this farce of a debate! Just because I stay home doesn't mean I have any moral superiority as a mother. I'm educated and plan to go back to work and when I do it will not make me less of a mother either!
01:53 PM on 04/27/2012
max, there is no issue between the two! You have been able to arrange your life so you can stay home. However some moms have to earn money. If you consider that, you'll understand why women are insulted that someone like Romney's wife who doesn't need to earn money and has nannies to raise her children decides that she knows what's going on with all other women in this country. Simply put she is not a representative for the majority of women in this country. No matter how she spins it. That's all.
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01:58 PM on 04/27/2012
Working in or outside of the home is not the issue. The issue is women having the respect of others to make the choices that they need to make in their lives and in their bodies. That is the bottom line.
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Chickadee FemBot
It's an optical illusion
11:55 AM on 04/27/2012
Awesome. One of the best pieces that I have read on this issue. You rock Soraya! I will be marching tomorrow.
11:51 AM on 04/27/2012
Why would women want equality as opposed to the superiority that they currently enjoy?
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JShankel
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02:06 PM on 04/27/2012
Oh, keep it up. Keep talking.
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Kara Kramer
02:06 PM on 04/27/2012
Women enjoy superiority? Which planet are you on?
Planet tell a lie a day?
11:51 AM on 04/27/2012
Very well said. I agree with the author's statements about the terminology "War on Women," I'm not really wild about it myself. But I completely agree with the goals. I also really appreciate the reference to complementarianism because it baffles me how so many women cannot see that these anti-women laws are wrong and giant steps backward.

Anyway, I'll be marching in Harrisburg, PA with my mom tomorrow!
11:30 AM on 04/27/2012
One of the problems with gaining equality--whether gender,race, ethnicity, or religion based--is that people in power think of life as a pie, and if they give to others equally, they will have less.

Actually, it isn't a pie, and history shows that the more equally people are treated, the more there is for all. It is true that often the immediate aftermath of gaining a freedom is very difficult--live after the Civil War--but the ultimate outcome is greater progress and greater wealth for the nation.

Giving women equality doesn't give her half the existing pie; it will expand the pie for everyone.
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Emereaux
Cerca trova
01:00 PM on 04/27/2012
Love your post! Very smart. F&F
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01:08 PM on 04/27/2012
Dammit, now I can't make a joke about women getting into the kitchen and making me a pie. Oh, sorry, just did.

Seriously, great post.
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sunny123
so.....it's empty
11:24 AM on 04/27/2012
Excellent post. Thank you for explaining things so well. As a 67 year old woman who has worked side by side with my husband of 50 years, raised a son and a daughter who are both strong and equal, I am proud that women are finally realizing we are strong, independent, wise and capable.
11:23 AM on 04/27/2012
Sorry. None of has control of our bodies, otherwise drugs would be legal.
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01:08 PM on 04/27/2012
Seriously? That's your post?
01:34 PM on 04/27/2012
Lol. Why, yes, it's an immutable law of physics that drugs must be illegal therefore he can use that for the basis of his "argument".

Don't you know physics?!
01:46 PM on 04/27/2012
It shows that the government isn't anti-woman.

It's anti-individual.
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Killermolls44
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07:39 PM on 04/27/2012
So you are incapable of making decisions in regards to bodily autonomy. Mmkay then...
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11:22 AM on 04/27/2012
I simply can't believe we live in a time, 40 years past "I am Woman" ( 'I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman.' ) and women are less than a fertilized egg in republican eyes. And right wing women call that "freedom".
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maxmama212
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12:05 PM on 04/27/2012
I know! I thought that my generation wouldn't have to deal with this type of assault on our rights. It never occurred to me that backwards was an option. I feel like there a bunch of old guys that have been holding a grudge for 40-50 yrs and now they're trying to exact their revenge when they feel like they have a sympathetic supreme court. The situation in the judicial branch of the gov't right now is the biggest threat to our rights as women. Ultimately that's where all of this is going to play out... I'm sure they'll decide that even though corporations are entitled to the rights of men, women are not. It's very scary...
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Olderandwiser55
getting older and wiser....
12:41 PM on 04/27/2012
So fanned- "It never occurred to me that backwards was an option." (Me too) Indeed very scary. Republican women telling us that freedom is curtailing our rights as women and losing control of our bodies. How anyone believes that, I truly don't know. You know the old adage about "would you go into a burning building to save your fertilized egg?" I think we are to the point where many people would actually, seriously say "yes". Bizzarro-world.
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01:27 PM on 04/27/2012
Very well said. I'd never thought that backwards could be an option either.
That was unthinkable. The ground had been gained, and that was history.

I feel so sorry for the women of today, and tomorrow.....
11:16 AM on 04/27/2012
Speaking of women's rights, Obama's beloved "Arab Spring" democracy, Egypt, is considering new initiatives for women. Isn't Obama's admiration for Egypt's revolution the real war on women? From the Associated Press:

Outrage as Egypt plans 'farewell intercourse law' so husbands can have sex with dead wives up to six hours after their death

PUBLISHED: 04:28 EST, 26 April 2012 | UPDATED: 06:06 EST, 27 April 2012, Associated Press

Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives for up to six hours after their death, local media is claiming.

The controversial new law is claimed to be part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women's rights of getting education and employment.
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12:22 PM on 04/27/2012
their country, their business
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01:09 PM on 04/27/2012
Sorry, no, doesn't quite work that way.
12:23 PM on 04/27/2012
part of what the article was saying was just because someone else has got it worse doesn't mean we have to settle for less than full equality.

Does it suck that Egyptian women may suffer under the new regime? Absolutely. Should we be doing something to express our concerns to our government, and theirs? Yep.

Does it mean that American women have to stop agitating for the right to have sovereignty over their own bodies fully recognized in the US? Absolutely not.
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Yvette67
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11:07 AM on 04/27/2012
We often forget, within our busy daily lives, how women are not considered equal. The most obvious is evidenced everyday by many married women who are working outside the home, go home to cook, clean and tend to all their childrens' needs.The second most obvious are the women who are abused and murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. If the reverse were true, you can gurantee there would be protests from many men. Men who are respectful of women's equality, set an example to their families, friends and co-workers. Please, honorable men everywhere, voice your objections when you witness behavior unacceptable to equality, and, at election time, select a candidate whose women and family values mimic your own.
12:23 PM on 04/28/2012
That's why you chose a man who is ready for a partnership in marriage. I cook, he cleans up. We both shuttle around the children, clean house and do laundry.