Henry Rollins on the GOP: 'Misogynist Is as Misogynist Does'


Henry Rollins, a man of many talents, is now penning a column for LA Weekly about, well, whatever the fuck Henry Rollins wants to talk about, YOU GOT A PROBLEM?

This week, he’s opining on women and the GOP. And boyfriend is talking sense.

He writes:

The GOP grows more and more unpopular with female voters seemingly every time one of its leaders gets in front of a microphone. Misogynist is as misogynist does. The GOP and its bloviating pundits don’t like women and they are unable to hide it, nor do they seem to make much attempt to do so. Repeated use of the word “slut,” the parsing of the word “rape” and their insistence that the vaginal canal has the amazing ability to play good sperm-bad sperm did them serious damage.
To anger female voters in America is to tread on the tiger’s tail. Women turn out in huge numbers, and they are well aware of how their bodies work and what they need. Any politician worth his or her weight in re-election would be absolutely insane to mess with them.

Treading on the tiger’s tail! Bloviating pundits! Preach!

He goes on:

Retooling [the GOP’s] not-so-endearing adversarial divide will take a lot of work. It would be like trying to get Ted Bundy elected as president of the Audubon Society. If the GOP really is looking to bring voters to its side, it will have to make some sweeping changes in how it communicates to women in America. I don’t think its leaders have what it takes.

Which is exactly what’s on everyone’s nerd wonks minds — do the sane members of the GOP have what it takes to wrestle back their party from the crazies? They have to deal with the tea partiers, the legitimate rape loonies, and the fact that 2011 and 2012 saw a record number of anti-abortion bills rearing their ugly heads in State and Federal legislative branches. (And 2013 is looking even scarier.)

With more Americans wanting women to make their own decisions about their reproductive health, the tide is turning. We’re becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of same-sex marriage. We will win.

These confined state legislators can live in their little Republican hate-bubbles, but they will eventually die off. The only thing the non-insane GOP should be thinking about is whether they want these dummies to take the relevance and clout of their entire political party with them.

[LA Weekly]

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