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On Missing the Point, and Tennessee Women

February 14, 2008

My Aunt B has an excellent explanation of how the “big” feminist blogs (especially their readers/commenters) are missing the point with regards to Sen. Doug Henry’s rape comments. In short, his comments are but one small aspect of the larger attempts in the TN legislature to screw with women and families for political gain. Or, as B puts it, “It’s not about who Henry thinks it’s okay, hypothetically, to rape. It’s about who he’s actually willing to screw over in order to advance the Democratic cause. If you’re going to inundate him with emails, inundate him with emails about that.”

Commenters who are saying things like this are not helping: “Is there a different sociological circumstance in Tennessee where women are taught to be more indifferent to these kinds of assholes?…Its like theyre [sic] in denial.” Yes, dear, all women in Tennessee are exactly the same, and they all think the same, and they all vote the same, and they all have their heads in the sand, and that’s exactly how people like Henry get into office. There are definitely no idiots in politics anywhere else in the country, because y’all are so much smarter than us. Thank you for your time and attention, and your vast understanding of the context of Henry’s statement and the political climate in Tennessee. Bless your heart.

PS-Do have a look here if you’re actually interested in what started this whole thing and what’s going on with the legislature vs. reproductive rights in Tennessee. And here

3 Comments leave one →
  1. A'Llyn permalink
    February 14, 2008 11:54 am

    Ooh, I remember your explanation of “bless your heart” from before, so this is especially sharp.

    Context is so key in so many things.

  2. February 14, 2008 12:13 pm

    A’Llyn, thanks for your comment. You know, I thought Henry’s comment was obnoxious (which is why I noted it in a post), but there is so much else going on around it… If non-constituents want to vent their outrage at TN legislators, I can give them a list of things far worse than Henry’s one remark.

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