Women belong in the kitchen!

24 Apr


When Republicans use sexism to go after Democratic women, there are varying degrees of subtly. Late last year, for example, the National Republican Congressional Committee suggested House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should be “put her in her place” for disagreeing with an Army general about Afghanistan policy. The subtext seemed pretty obvious.

But in northeast Ohio this week, the Republican Executive Committee in Medina County dropped the pretense altogether while going after Rep. Betty Sutton (D).

A recent Medina GOP mailer that urges voters to “take Betty Sutton out of the House and put her back in the kitchen,” has angered the Emily’s List political action committee, which raises money for female Democratic candidates.

“They’re set on defeating Cong. Betty Sutton (OH-13), whom we helped elect in 2006, and filling her spot with a conservative loyalist. And how will they go about doing that? By sending her right where they think she (and all women) belong: the kitchen,” says a posting on the group’s website, which links to a fundraising page for Sutton. “I wish I could say I were shocked, but I can’t. I can, however, say I’m appalled, annoyed, and ready to do something about it.”

It’s not just Emily’s List that finds this offensive. It’s the 21st century, for crying out loud. For Republicans to still talk about forcing women “back in the kitchen” should be insulting to anyone who takes equality seriously.

For the record, Betty Sutton is an accomplished lawmaker and respected attorney — and does not have a background as a professional chef. In other words, there’s nothing about the congresswoman’s background that makes “back in the kitchen” appropriate. The Republicans’ rhetoric seems predicated entirely on gender.

Medina County GOP Chairman Bill Heck said the mailing was sent to roughly 15,000 Republican households in Ohio, and he “had not received any complaints.”

He might think that makes this better. It actually makes it worse — why don’t those GOP households have a problem with this blatant misogyny?


The sick thing is that nobody is going to raise a stink over this. The republicans can say the most insane shit and it’s normal. Undo a century of progress for women’s rights? Sure. I just can’t understand for the life of me why conservative women exist. Brainwashing from childhood is the only answer that sounds plausible. I mean, seriously, how can you be part of a party that wants to force you into servitude? A party that, if they had their way, would make you nothing more than an incubator for men’s babies. You would have no control over your body, you’d have to have as many children as your husband wanted, and you’d be stuck in the house cleaning up after his mess. Have some fucking self respect.

3 Responses to “Women belong in the kitchen!”

  1. Poker Face April 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    As bad as she is, I wouldn’t even tell Sarah Palin that.

    • godlesspaladin April 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

      Ditto. I despise her with a passion but she still has the right to be out there. I wonder though, if she paired up with Huckabee to form “god’s dream team ticket”, would she run for VP again, after all:

      “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” (I Corinthians 11:8-9)

      “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (I Corinthians 11:3)

      “Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (I Timothy 2:11-14)

      I could go on…

  2. The Fence July 20, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    [sarcasm]But of course no male ever cleans up after a female. That would be simply insane, wouldn’t it? No female ever wants to have a male’s child. That’s just a complete lack of self-respect, right?[/sarcasm]

    Try to be a little less implicative. I was with you up to there. Although, I will state that both parties are guilty of going overboard. Liberals, by supporting their party as a whole, encourage murder and an inequality that represents itself in greater allowances for minorities than majorities. Conservatives, by supporting their party as a whole, encourage greed and social ignorances that represent themselves in racism, sexism, ageism and (dare I say it) “religism” as coined by the online Urban Dictionary.
    You can’t be specific as soon as you don that Liberal/Conservative mantle so proudly. Supporting your party means to support ALL of your party. I’m not saying it’s best not to choose. I’m saying it’s wise to know everything about what you choose before you do so. It’s wise to know what you’re supporting, in full, before raising your flags and your voices… and your “blogs”. There’s nothing wrong with supporting your rights, or discouraging your stereotypes, until you become equally as sexist as those you’r fighting for independence and respect from.

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