Kaili Joy Gray – LikeTheDew.com https://likethedew.com A journal of progressive Southern culture and politics Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:51:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 https://likethedew.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-DewLogoSquare825-32x32.png Kaili Joy Gray – LikeTheDew.com https://likethedew.com 32 32 This week in the War on Women: Shut your stupid ladyhole, no one cares what you think https://likethedew.com/2012/06/03/this-week-in-the-war-on-women-shut-your-stupid-ladyhole-no-one-cares-what-you-think/ https://likethedew.com/2012/06/03/this-week-in-the-war-on-women-shut-your-stupid-ladyhole-no-one-cares-what-you-think/#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2012 01:19:18 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=39732 Are you a lady with lady opinions on issues that affect ladies?

Then shut your stupid ladyhole, stupid lady, because no one cares what you think about that lady stuff. At least, that's what the traditional media thinks, according to an analysis by The 4th Estate and shown in the infographic above.

The numbers are stark, but not exactly surprising. When it comes to coverage of issues that directly affect women, the beacons of traditional journalism—the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Sunday talk shows—clearly subscribe to the Darrell Issa school of thought: that the people best qualified to talk about women are, in fact, men.

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Silenced: Gender Gap in Election CoverageAre you a lady with lady opinions on issues that affect ladies?

Then shut your stupid ladyhole, stupid lady, because no one cares what you think about that lady stuff. At least, that’s what the traditional media thinks, according to an analysis by The 4th Estate and shown in the infographic above.

The numbers are stark, but not exactly surprising. When it comes to coverage of issues that directly affect women, the beacons of traditional journalism—the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Sunday talk shows—clearly subscribe to the Darrell Issa school of thought: that the people best qualified to talk about women are, in fact, men.

Rep. Issa, you may recall, held a congressional hearing in February about the president’s new policy mandating that health insurance providers cover birth control without copays. This, as we know, made Issa and his fellow Republican men in Congress, as well as his friends at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (aka, the Catholic wing of the Republican Party), have a very sad sadness of sad. So sad that they needed to have an all-male hearing to share their sad feelings and console one another about how women’s access to affordable birth control will simultaneously destroy the republic and bring forth armageddon. And, most importantly, make them very sad.

The No Girls Allowed rule at the Issa hearing was so shocking, given the subject, that even some in the traditional media tsk-tsked it. But the following Sunday, when the Very Serious People of the beltway sounded off on the morning shows on this very subject, none saw fit to feature women as guests, though some were allowed to join the menfolk in roundtable discussions:

Additionally, of the five women included in roundtable discussions, four were non-partisan, allegedly unbiased reporters, while the men across the table from them included former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie, on Meet the Press, and conservative columnist George Will and conservative television commentator Lou Dobbs, both on This Week. Only former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers could be considered an opinionated counterpart to those three partisan voices.

Even when the media is talking about women, and about issues and policies that directly affect women, and even about the absence of women from the discussion, they still don’t think women should actually be included in that discussion.

Take the New York Times, for example. The editors of our newspaper of record have published editorial after editorial decrying the Republicans’ War on Women, but they’re still turning to men most of the time for their opinions and expertise. Not that it’s breaking news that the Times has its own woman problem. It’s just further evidence that even when an outlet acknowledges that there is an assault on women, it doesn’t make the connection between the legislative assault and the absence of women’s voices in the media to address that assault.

Two years ago, Meteor Blades spent an agonizing 16 months analyzing the Sunday morning shows and found them to be “dominated by men, whites and Republicans, particularly right-wing Republicans[.]” Since then, nothing has changed—except for the first time in a long time, maybe ever, women (or “caterpillars,” as the nice Republican menfolk call them) have been front and center in political discourse for several months, which you would think just might be an opportunity for the guardians of the fourth estate to seek out women to see what they think about all that. But alas, no. The fact that the national discussion has turned to women does not mean the media feels compelled or obligated to expand its pool of commentators and experts. Should we invade Iraq? Ask the menfolk. Should women have access to birth control? Ask the menfolk. Are women’s rights under attack? Ask the menfolk. Regardless of topic, regardless of the carefully measured outrage of the editorial pages, it is still He Who Has The Penis Who Has The Answers.

Another study released this week by the OpEd Project found that even the editorial pages are dominated by men, and while women have slightly more prominence in digital media—you know, in the great meritocracy that is the gender-blind, color-blind internet—those lady bylines are largely restricted to lady subjects. As Erika Fry at Columbia Journalism Review reported:

But while women’s opinions were better represented in digital media, they were more than twice as likely to focus on “pink topics”—the “four F’s” (family, food, furniture, fashion), plus women’s and gender issues—than in the traditional media, where about 14 percent of women’s op-eds were “pink.” These statistics suggest a silo effect online, with writers speaking more frequently to like-minded (or like-bodied) individuals—a concern that has been much lamented within the political media landscape, but less so with regards to gender, race, and class. This development would seem to hark back to the days of the “ladies pages”; while there is nothing wrong with women writing on “pink topics,” it’s the relative lack of women’s voices on non-pink topics like the economy and politics online that is problematic.

In other words, women are occasionally allowed to offer their opinion, as long as they keep it to unimportant “pink” topics like the latest fad diet or what’s new in window treatments or how to empower yourself with a pair of $500 stilettos. And those pink topics are narrowly defined. Abortion, birth control, women’s rights—these, apparently, are not pink topics. Family planning, it seems, does not qualify as a “family” topic suitable for women to discuss. You may be permitted to offer your thoughts on where to take your family for a summer vacation or which lunch box is right for your child, but more serious family matters—like whether you should be allowed to plan your family and under what circumstances and how much it should cost? Nah. That is far too important a topic of too much “general” interest to leave to the ladies of the pink ghetto. Better to leave such conversation to the Very Serious Men Whose Opinions Matter.

Yes, yes, as the lady haters are quick to point out, we’ve come a long way, baby. But we’re still underrepresented in our government, in boardrooms across America, in the economic recovery hecovery, and in the national meta conversations about why all of that might be. It’s a shameful stain on traditional media that even conversations about women are still being held mostly by men. We can’t possibly hope to eradicate institutional discrimination, not to mention cultural misogyny, if we can’t even get our voices heard. But that’s the lesson from this week’s reports: Shut up, little ladies, and stick to not-of-general-interest pink subjects, so Very Serious Men can tell us what we should think about ourselves.

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Bishop of Sioux City calls on Christians to ‘violently oppose’ birth control https://likethedew.com/2012/02/15/bishop-of-sioux-city-calls-on-christians-to-violently-oppose-birth-control/ https://likethedew.com/2012/02/15/bishop-of-sioux-city-calls-on-christians-to-violently-oppose-birth-control/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:04:48 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=36869 Remember that part of the Bible where Jesus says, "Blessed are the people who use violence to oppose health care policies they don't like"? No? Well, obviously, you haven't being paying attention, sinner.

Via Right Wing Watch, meet Bishop R. Walker Nickless, of the Sioux City, Iowa diocese, who's here to set you straight:

You know, the power of evil is going to try any way that it can to get a hook into our world and the values that we hold as so dear and so important to us believing people. And the power of evil—the devil—can certainly look—is looking everywhere to find places where they can—where the power of evil can make a difference...

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Remember that part of the Bible where Jesus says, “Blessed are the people who use violence to oppose health care policies they don’t like”? No? Well, obviously, you haven’t being paying attention, sinner.

Via Right Wing Watch, meet Bishop R. Walker Nickless, of the Sioux City, Iowa diocese, who’s here to set you straight:

You know, the power of evil is going to try any way that it can to get a hook into our world and the values that we hold as so dear and so important to us believing people. And the power of evil—the devil—can certainly look—is looking everywhere to find places where they can—where the power of evil can make a difference. To tear us apart, to get us to just look at the worldly values and forget about—you know, that there’s something more important than the values of the world. And that’s why we’ve got to stand up and violently oppose this. We cannot let darkness overshadow us. We’ve got to be men and women who proclaim the light, and we’ve got to tell the truth, and we’ve got to be transparent, and we’ve got to say that government cannot do this to us.

So, church-goers, while you may have been under the mistaken impression that Jesus was all about peace and caring for the least among us and touchy-feely hippy stuff like that, turns out what he meant was that if you don’t want other people doing things that you think are icky—like, you know, having sex with other consenting adults, as opposed to children—lock and load in the name of the lord!

Amen.

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Congressman bites on Onion’s Planned Parenthood story https://likethedew.com/2012/02/07/congressman-gets-angry-about-planned-parenthood-news-story-from-the-onion/ https://likethedew.com/2012/02/07/congressman-gets-angry-about-planned-parenthood-news-story-from-the-onion/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 09:24:24 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=36565 This just in: Louisiana Republican Rep. John C. Fleming, M.D. is tossing his hat in the ring for Dumbest Member of Congress.

Dino Grandoni at The Atlantic reports that "pro-life" Rep. Fleming M.D. posted a story from The Onion on his Facebook page, offering it as proof that Planned Parenthood offers "abortion by the wholesale."

The satirical story from May 2011 "reported":

Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday the grand opening of its long-planned $8 billion Abortionplex, a sprawling abortion facility that will allow the organization to terminate unborn lives with an efficiency never before thought possible ...

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This just in: Louisiana Republican Rep. John C. Fleming, M.D. is tossing his hat in the ring for Dumbest Member of Congress.

john flemingDino Grandoni at The Atlantic reports that “pro-life” Rep. Fleming M.D. posted a story from The Onion on his Facebook page, offering it as proof that Planned Parenthood offers “abortion by the wholesale.”

The satirical story from May 2011 “reported“:

Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday the grand opening of its long-planned $8 billion Abortionplex, a sprawling abortion facility that will allow the organization to terminate unborn lives with an efficiency never before thought possible. […]The 900,000-square-foot facility has more than 2,000 rooms dedicated to the abortion procedure. The abundance of surgical space, Richards said, will ensure that women visiting the facility can be quickly fitted into stirrups without pausing to second-guess their decision or consider alternatives such as adoption. Hundreds of on-site counselors are also available to meet with clients free of charge and go over the many ways that carrying a child to term will burden them and very likely ruin their lives.

The remaining space is dedicated to amenities such as coffee shops, bars, dozens of restaurants and retail outlets, a three-story nightclub, and a 10-screen multiplex theater—features intended not only to help clients relax, but to foster a sense of community and make abortion more of a social event.

It really takes a special kind of stupid to believe that (a) Planned Parenthood has $8 billion to spend on anything; (b) it would use the word “Abortionplex” to describe its health clinics where abortion only comprises 3 percent of its services (and some clinics don’t offer abortion at all); and (c) it would use its money to build, among other things, a movie theater, a nightclub and retail outlets. Oh yeah, and (d) that The Onion is an actual news source.

Apparently, Rep. Fleming M.D. possesses just that kind of special stupid.

What the story really demonstrates is just how much Republicans like Fleming hate Planned Parenthood. They hate it so much that they’re willing to believe anything, anything at all, to make the case that the nation’s largest provider of women’s health care should be put out of business. In fact, a Daily Kos-Public Policy Polling survey released Monday found that a majority of conservatives even oppose women receiving cancer screening at Planned Parenthood. Because the “pro-life” position that is a requirement for conservatives and Republicans is that all life is sacred—except for the lives of women who go to Planned Parenthood for their medical care. Those lives aren’t so sacred after all.

The Dumbest Member of Congress contest has a lot of stiff competition, but with his inability to distinguish between news and satire, it looks like Rep. Fleming M.D. is definitely a contender.

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Komen Foundation in damage control mode https://likethedew.com/2012/02/04/komen-foundation-in-damage-control-mode-over-decision-to-defund-planned-parenthood/ https://likethedew.com/2012/02/04/komen-foundation-in-damage-control-mode-over-decision-to-defund-planned-parenthood/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2012 07:17:34 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=36468 Since the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced its decision to stop funding cancer screening and prevention programs at Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of health care to low-income women, the foundation's founder and CEO Nancy Brinker has been trying her best to control the damage done to the foundation's reputation.

So far, it's not going very well. Brinker posted a "Straight Talk" video on the foundation's website in an attempt to defend the foundation's decision by insisting that "some have regrettably mischaracterized" the decision, that the "scurrilous accusations being hurled at this organization are profoundly hurtful" and a "dangerous distraction" from the foundation's mission.

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Since the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced its decision to stop funding cancer screening and prevention programs at Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of health care to low-income women, the foundation’s founder and CEO Nancy Brinker has been trying her best to control the damage done to the foundation’s reputation.

So far, it’s not going very well. Brinker posted a “Straight Talk” video on the foundation’s website in an attempt to defend the foundation’s decision by insisting that “some have regrettably mischaracterized” the decision, that the “scurrilous accusations being hurled at this organization are profoundly hurtful” and a “dangerous distraction” from the foundation’s mission.

Brinker took that message to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to not only chastise the foundation’s critics, but to offer an entirely new justification for decision. Earlier this week, Komen said the “key reason” it would cease its grants to Planned Parenthood is because of a congressional investigation. That would be the investigation launched by Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns, whose stated goal is to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level and ultimately, to see it put out of business for good.

That’s not what Brinker said when she spoke to Andrea Mitchell, though. She insisted the investigation “isn’t the only issue,” and besides, the foundation isn’t really pulling its funding:

It’s a mischaracterization, certainly, of our goals, our mission, and everything that we do. In fact, we haven’t defunded planned parenthood. We still have three grants that we’ve committed to, at least for another year, through the end of the grant cycle.

Right. In other words, the Komen Foundation will fulfill its already-promised grants to Planned Parenthood for this year, but after that, well, screw you, Planned Parenthood, and the millions of low-income women to whom you provide health care.

This decision has already been a disaster for the Komen Foundation. Its Facebook page has been inundated with critical comments that can’t be deleted fast enough. Former Komen Foundation supporters are encouraging others to give their dollars to other cancer research non-profits. Planned Parenthood supporters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to make up for the lost Komen grants, including a $250,000 donation from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Members of Congress are calling on the foundation to reverse its position. Komen Foundation affiliates around the country are criticizing the decision. And now the executive director of the foundation’s Los Angeles chapter has resigned in protest.

In other words, no one is buying the foundation’s explanation that its decision was not politically motivated. Forced to choose between an organization that makes politically motivated decisions in the name of caring for women, and an organization that actually provides care to women, it’s pretty clear where American women stand. And it’s not with the pink ribbons. They stand with Planned Parenthood.

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The Cainwreck ends https://likethedew.com/2011/12/04/the-cainwreck-ends/ https://likethedew.com/2011/12/04/the-cainwreck-ends/#comments Sun, 04 Dec 2011 10:35:41 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=33659 Oh, Herman, we hardly knew ye.

In the most entertaining "I'm quitting" press conference since half-term Gov. Sarah Palin quit her job because only dead fish go with the flow, Herman Cain announced he's dropping out of the race to spend more time sleeping on the couch.

It was fun while it lasted though, wasn't it? So many fond memories. Herman's "Imagine there's no pizza" video. His "joke" about electrocuting immigrants who try to cross the border.

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Oh, Herman, we hardly knew ye.

In the most entertaining “I’m quitting” press conference since half-term Gov. Sarah Palin quit her job because only dead fish go with the flow, Herman Cain announced he’s dropping out of the race to spend more time sleeping on the couch.

It was fun while it lasted though, wasn’t it? So many fond memories. Herman’s “Imagine there’s no pizza” video. His “joke” about electrocuting immigrants who try to cross the border. His insistence that we can’t invade countries that have mountains. His confusion about Libya. His confusion about China. His confusion about what language is spoken in Cuba. (Hint: It’s not Cuban.) His ever-changing stories about the women who come up to his chin. His secret friendship with his special lady friend. And, of course, his SimCity-inspired tax plan for America.

So, what was your favorite Cain moment?

10:46 AM PT (from Daily Kos senior policy editor Jed Lewison): Cain says his suspension is “Plan B.” Something tells me he’s quite familiar with Plan B…

10:47 AM PT (Jed Lewison): Cain says “Plan B” is that he will “continue to be a voice for the people. That’s why today we are launch thecainsolutions.com.” He says he “will still be promoting the biggest change and transfer of power out of” DC since America’s founding … 9-9-9.

10:49 AM PT (Jed Lewison): Cain says “I will be making an endorsement in the near future,” but doesn’t say who it will be other than that it won’t be President Obama. Duh.

10:52 AM PT (Jed Lewison): I wonder who Cain will endorse? I suspect he wants to help Romney, given his past history, but I also can’t imagine he’d endorse Romney because his supports don’t like Romney. Someone who can pull support from Newt Gingrich without taking much from Mitt Romney … maybe Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann?

 

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