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.