Salon’s Traister: Republican policies reflect ‘profound lack of thought’ about women

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, November 3, 2012 20:14 EDT
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Salon senior writer Rebecca Traister said Saturday Republican policy and rhetoric this election season speaks to a “profound lack of thought” about women’s lives.

Traister linked a recent ad that painted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as being a moderate on reproductive issues while seeking to minimize them with the “scientifically imprecise” extreme remarks by Republican candidates like Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and Indiana senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock, among others.

“One of the things that has come through in this language is a profound lack of thought toward what women’s lives are actually like,” Traister told MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry. “Not just girl stuff — life stuff. How you take care of yourself — thus, how you take care of your family. How you get your job and go to your job and do your job and earn your money and spend it. That stuff — clearly, the basics of female life in this country — are not understood or considered by a lot of these guys we’ve heard talking. And that’s part of why you see the minimization of it and, in a sense, trying to push women away from caring about it, like ‘Don’t be so girly.’”

Traister’s analysis were part of a panel discussion aired Saturday on MSNBC, and can be seen below.

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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