Governor Mitt Romney's attitude towards women's issues forewarns of a sexist and misogynistic administration
By Calley Hair
Governor Mitt Romney’s pickup lines are doing little to sway women voters.
Romney’s approach to health care services for female citizens in the United States is unacceptably twisted. The candidate wants to end all federal funding for Planned Parenthood because he believes that, “life begins at conception and wishes that the laws of our nation reflected that view,” according to his campaign website.
It is absolutely his prerogative to believe whatever he likes about conception. But, every woman possesses that same right, and the federal government may not extend its jurisdiction to her uterus based on one man’s personal opinions.
Viewpoints on abortions aside, Planned Parenthood is a necessary and valuable facility helping to preserve the welfare of women in this country. In fact, only three percent of all Planned Parenthood services involve abortions, according to their website. STD testing, Pap tests, breast exams and pregnancy prevention make up the vast majority of expenditures, and Governor Romney is discrediting these services based on his individual beliefs.
Romney’s sexism extends past his approach to necessary healthcare. When it comes to women in the workforce he struggles with the idea of gender equality.
The media had a field day following Romney’s, “binders full of women,” comment. However it was the context in which he said these words, not the quick sound bite, that left me so disgusted.
The idea of organizing female applicants into binders isn’t nearly as offensive as his implication: Romney essentially stated that when men’s and women’s resumes are compared to one another on equal footing, the resumes of women will naturally sink to the bottom.
The comment itself, while in poor taste, came across as an accidental slip-up. But the disturbingly misogynistic attitude it reveals would endure past a onetime nervous remark and permeate a potential presidency.
Romney shares his values with the party he represents. While I agree with various aspects of the GOP’s beliefs, their degrading perspective on issues pertaining specifically to women is not one I share.
Throughout this election, it has struck me as odd how much the media, particularly the conservative-leaning Fox News, treats women as a minority group. Although females make up 52 percent of the population, issues pertaining particularly to their health and economic welfare are shoved aside.
For instance, following the second presidential debate an anchor from Fox News claimed the topics raised were, “obvious pandering to women.”
The fact a few questions related to women’s rights is referred to as “pandering” in a right-wing news source leaves me fearful of returning to the 1950’s social policies if a Republican is elected.
I cannot bring myself to support a party that considers issues pertaining to my interests too trivial to bother discussing.
This November, I cannot support Romney and his alarmingly sexist policies. While he is qualified in many arenas, the Republican Party’s platform regarding women’s rights is a deal breaker.
Calley Hair is a sophomore communication major from Redmond. She can be contacted at 335-2290 or by firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the staff of The Daily Evergreen or those of Student Publications.
Romney's focus on fixing the economy is a more important issue for women voters than abortion
By Ashley Fisher
As a member of what seems to be the rapidly dying breed of Republican women, I am constantly asked, “Why would you ever vote for Romney?”
Not only is this question offensive, but it is also ridiculous. So let me explain why I, as a woman, am voting for Governor Mitt Romney this upcoming presidential election.
First off, in a campaign that is supposedly about important and serious issues and with less than two weeks before Election Day, America continues to stumble through sideshow junk put on by the media.
Topics such as “binders full of women,” “Big Bird,"and “Paul Ryan didn't wash those dishes, they were already clean,” are simply desperate chimes of a floundering re-election campaign frantically trying to halt the Republican’s momentum. I sincerely hope the media’s binder full of blabber does not influence the way women cast their votes.
As it turns out, women voters outvote males in presidential elections. Romney and Obama are aware of this fact and have been fighting to win over the female vote. Romney, who is pro-life and holds conservative views regarding contraception, has become the target in the ‘war on women’ discussion – a fabrication of the Obama campaign.
In recent ‘war on women’ rhetoric, I am more insulted by the Democratic Party than the Republican. Democrats seem to only want to speak to women from the waist down regarding contraception, while Republicans address women from the waist up. More specifically, Republicans address women’s heads where economic concerns reside.
Yes, contraception and reproductive rights matter to female voters. However, for years women have said jobs and the economy are top issues, according to Politco. Recently, government spending has also become a main concern for voters. Yet, you would not know this by listening to today’s politicians when topics like abortion and contraception dictate the discussion.
When it comes to the economy, the belief that Democrats support women does not match up with the facts. Since Obama took office the unemployment rate for women has increased from 7 percent to 8.1 percent and the number of unemployed women has increased by 860,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, which aimed to expand jobs and create an economic stimulus, has failed to live up to its potential. When asked the classic question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” the answer is consistently the same: Americans need another option.
When Romney was governor he worked with a legislature that was 87 percent Democrat. He improved the economy, balanced the budget and introduced the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship to cover the cost of college for deserving high school students.
This presidential election I was faced with a choice between two candidates, neither of whom represent my beliefs to the fullest extent. However, Romney’s platform embodies the ideals that matter most. I am proud to cast my ballot for Romney and his running mate Ryan this election.
Ashley Fisher is an education major from Gig Harbor. She can be contacted at 335-2290 or by email@example.com. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the staff of The Daily Evergreen or those of Student Publications.