I know that Tourette’s syndrome is not contagious, but you really have to wonder about the Republicans these days. They can’t seem to engage their brains before opening their mouths.
Wisconsin Assemblyman Don Pridemore has come out against divorce, for any reason whatsoever. In his view, when a husband has just beaten the crap out of his wife, she should think about all the reasons she fell in love with him in the first place. “If they can re-find those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place, it might help.” Pridemore told a local news station that while single women may be capable of caring for a family “in certain situations,” fathers are absolutely vital for providing structure and discipline in a family. In Pridemore’s view, children who don’t have their biological fathers present “tend to go astray.”
Pridemore is a co-sponsor of Senator Glenn Grothman’s bill that would punish single mothers and of the voter ID bill that has been shot down by two Wisconsin judges as being in violation of the Wisconsin Constitution.
Grothman, has doubled down on his view that being a single mother is child abuse and women get pregnant out of wedlock to take advantage of the welfare system. Now, he’s claiming that we are responsible for all the ills of society. “There’s been a huge change over the last 30 years, and a lot of that change has been the choice of women.”
Well, he’s right. There have been huge changes. Women are no longer willing to be blamed for being raped. We are no longer willing to have our babies taken from us if we are unmarried. We are no longer willing to stay in marriages where we are used and abused, beaten senseless if dinner is a minute late, kept isolated from families and friends. We are no longer willing to stay in the kitchen and let men make all our decisions for us. We are not longer willing to be abandoned when our husbands decide we are too old, or be infested with sexually transmitted diseases because they are getting their kinks from prostitutes. We are no longer accepting of being pushed to the fringes of society, denied educations and jobs if we are single mothers. We are no longer willing to be less than equal.
Yeah, there have been a lot of changes in society in the last thirty years and we women are responsible for a lot of them. You conservatives need to get over it. We will not back down just so you can live in your little fantasy world, because in the real world, none of what you believe about life in America in the glorious past was the truth. We will not go back. We will not give up what we have fought for. We will not give way on those rights that some of us have died for.
Just a thought here, all you free and equal women in Wisconsin…how about flooding the e-mails of these two jerks with photos of abuse victims? It probably won’t change their puny minds, but it might make you feel better.