Response to “More than just a set of reproductive organs…”

Outrage Over Sexist Remarks Turns Into a Political Fund-Raising Tool

“I’m more than just a set of reproductive organs and I’d like someone to talk to me about how they’ll help my pocketbook and keep my health care plan that I like, and Democrats don’t have a good response to that,” said Katie Packer Gage, deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney in 2012 who recently started a consultancy to advise Republican candidates about outreach to women.

I certainly hold more beliefs and concerns, than those you might consider directly related to so-called women’s issues. I care about the economy, I care about the environment, I care about international politics, I care about maintaining a fair, democratic process. I also care to remain part of the great conversation that is this nation. I care to be a full, participating citizen. When a candidate shows me he or she does not believe women are equal to men, they show me that they do not believe I have the right to participating in the democratic process, that they believe my voice does not belong to the national dialogue and that they will not protect my right to express any of beliefs or concerns, “women’s issue” or not.

(I hate calling things like birth control a women’s issue, but that’s a whole other rant.)


  1. says

    The Republican party has allowed itself to become defined by not just sexism, but a sexism that demands an impossible return to the 1950s. They want rid of abortion and birth control, and they’ve started chattering about women putting careers ahead of family… but the big problem is that due entirely to the radically skyrocketing income inequality Republicans have helped foster, relatively few households have a “choice” about mom working.

    They can’t have it both ways. If you go back to single earner households, the Koch Brothers & Friends will either have to give up some of their money so one earner can support a family, or they’ll have to create more government handouts, or everyone will have to get into drugs, prostitution and porn to make ends meet. And when that’s where your platform is directly headed, no one can take you seriously. You’re a clown, not a policy maker. You’re just a comedian on the wrong stage, and you’re going to get heckled right off it.

  2. SunlessNick says

    I’m more than just a set of reproductive organs and I’d like someone to talk to me about how they’ll help my pocketbook

    Thereby obfuscating the fact that the pocketbook is one of the biggest reasons why women need access to reproductive health care, including abortion when they decide they need one. Both for their own sake, and for that of their existing kids.

  3. Jean Lamb says

    Wasn’t in Wisconsin where they raised the barrier of trying to prove unequal pay to the extent that paying women less than men for the same job is pretty much legal now? I’d sure call that a pocketbook issue.

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