It’s been an amazing week for misogyny. Between the attacks on contraception, complete with women being kept from testifying before Congress to personhood ammendments and mandates for invasive ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, and comments suggesting that female soldiers should expect to be raped by their comrades in arms, it would seem that the Republican Party is going out of its way to show a complete lack of regard for women. It’s no longer enough to be against abortion. Now, the Grand Old Party is trying to take away contraception under the guise of protecting religious freedom, even though religious organizations are no longer being required to pay for contraceptives for their employees. I understand that they are trying to create a wedge issue to separate some voting bloc (Catholics?) from Obama. I just don’t see it working. In fact, it’s bound to backfire. It’s really rather stunning, but it’s happening.
Still, what’s a guy to do in this climate? Well, what he, that is we men, must not do is stand to the side and define the debate as a “women’s” issue and just let it play out. It is not a “women’s” issue. It’s an issue about which we must step up and make ourselves heard.
This is not because women need us to stand up for them. Women are more than capable of making the GOP pay dearly for every bit of misogynist filth that they spew. It’s because we, as men, need to do the right thing and stand up, not for, but alongside our wives and daughters and mothers and sisters and friends and colleagues. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder with the women we love and respect and let the misogynists know that they are not winning our votes as men by attacking women. We need to let them know that the united chorus of voices opposing them is made up of not only sopranos and altos, but also tenors and basses, and that chorus will be neither divided nor silenced.