Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Women's Vote

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Administration flunky On Meet the Press via Atrios:
In 1900, women did not have the right to vote. If Iraqis could develop a democracy that resembled America in the 1900s, I think we'd all be thrilled. I mean, women's social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy.
Conservative jackass Vox Day has a habit of attacking women's suffrage as the root of all evil, claiming that:

Far too many women are fascists at heart
(Infinite thanks to Orac for linking to that execrable piece so that I don't have to.)

Kansas State Senator Kay O'Connor (now a candidate for Secretary of State and recently added to the list of Republicans who can't seem to grasp campaign finance laws) famously stated:

We have a society that does tear families apart ... I think the 19th Amendment, while it's not an evil in and of itself, is a symptom of something I don't approve of."

"The 19th Amendment is around because men weren't doing their jobs, and I think that's sad. I believe the man should be the head of the family. The woman should be the heart of the family.
And don't forget our next Supreme Court justice, who wrote once upon a day:
Some might question whether encouraging homemakers to become lawyers contributes to the common good, but I suppose that is for the judges to decide.
and also said (when but a callow youth):

I would prefer to discuss Shakespeare’s double entendre and the latus rectum of conic sections without a [b]londe giggling and blushing behind me.
One could charitably read Roberts's remarks as indicating that women make men stupid, which may be true. They all can be read most easily as possessing a sad lack of interest in a society without gender stratification. Indeed, Judge Roberts's dismissal of a call for equal pay for equal work as "a radical redistributive concept" is rather jarring from that angle. (Yes, there's an argument to be made about the details, but a 2003 report shows that, after accounting for occupation, industry, race, marital status, children and job tenure, women earn 80% of what men earn, so there's still a serious problem.)

Why don't Republicans all agree that women have to be allowed to vote?