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MoveOn Ad Shows the Misogyny of Republicans

Via Crooks and Liars, MoveOn.org has produced an ad that takes the words right out of the quivering jowls of Republican fetus-fetishists and has women read them.  Obama has said his campaign may use a similar strategy – "We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim" – but what's incredibly effective about this strategy is that it forces the viewer to confront the real human beings that the Santorum-slurpers are slandering.  

One thing that's depressingly common in any discussion about abortion is how easy it is to fall into the forced-birther rhetorical trap of forgetting that the woman exists.  It's even become common to argue that saying a fetus is not a person until it is born is saying that "location" determines personhood – as if my private organs should not be given any more consideration than any other public place (ironically, the same faction is generally behind laws that enshrine the so-called Castle Doctrine, where a person who comes onto the location of your private residence can be shot.  Your home can be defended with deadly force; your body? It's a PERSON, you murderous shrew!).  

It's one thing to think of the category "woman" in the abstract, to which all sorts of nasty stereotypes and lazy assumptions about their relative unimportance and comparative animality can apply.  It's quite another to hear these lines while looking in the face of a person (yes, as a feminist, I embrace the radical notion that women are people) who could be your mother, sister, daughter, or even yourself, and hear those words again.

Kudos to MoveOn.  I hope this gets played in every state that wants to mandate rape-by-instrument, and that MoveOn becomes the only advertiser left on Rush Limbaugh's show.

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Yessenia is a graduate student studying to be a speech therapist with an emphasis on traumatic brain injuries. She spends far too much time correcting the wrong people on the internet, lifting heavy things and training her cats. She's a proud internet atheist and trolls only for the greater good.


  1. March 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm —

    I was expecting it to have a larger impact on me, but frankly I'm numb to it.  I remember each of those quotes when it was said originally.  The GOP is so far off the reservation that I find it hard to believe that they have any support outside of racists and conspiracy loons.
    But then I see an interview with someone that seems to only get their news from Fox and related outlets, and I hear the crowd cheer at Santorum saying college is for elitists and I despair.
    The only hope I have is that people like that are a severe minority.  We'll see this November.  To all the readers out there, if you haven't registered to vote yet, please do.  

  2. March 23, 2012 at 4:26 am —

    That commercial was awesome, but I must say that the extended cut is even better. The quotes are that much more heinous and WAY more powerful.
    So yes, kudos to MoveOn. We need more commercials like this.

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