Texas’s New Voter ID law– Something Fishy

It may just be me but I find something rather fishy about Texas’s new voter ID law being passed after Wendy Davis became rather popular among women voters.

Some back story. Wendy Davis got on the national stage when she filibustered a bill that put extreme restrictions on women’s reproductive rights and health. Her filibuster brought not only national attention, but attention from the women in the state of Texas, who began protesting during her filibuster and afterwards at the Texas capital building. The bill was passed despite the filibuster, and currently the bill is being heard by Texas courts on its legitimacy.

Because of her rise to fame, due to the filibuster, and her growing popularity, Wendy decided to run for governor. This is a huge deal because first, she’s a woman and second, she’s a Democrat, both are demographics that don’t always jive with Texas’ overall beliefs. In a poll, Wendy was trailing the Republican candidate by 8%.

Now, enter in this new voter ID law. Texas made a new voter ID law, that says your name on your photo ID has to match the name on your name on your voter ID card. This disproportionately affects women because women traditionally change their name when they marry, making is much easier for women being unable to vote in the upcoming elections as well as women who divorce and choose to change their last name to back to their maiden name. It even affects people who have their middle name on their drivers license but they don’t have their middle name on their voter ID card. The other part of the law is that your photo ID has to be one of the photo IDs on the list, so college students cannot use their school ID as voter identification (another way to disenfranchise Democrat voters). I don’t know about you but I think it’s pretty fishy that this law that mainly affects women voting but also affects other Democrat voters would be put in to effect when a popular woman gubernatorial candidate becomes a threat.

Let me know if you agree or disagree.

Sam

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Wendy Davis: A Baller Female Politician

Here’s an article about Wendy Davis, she’s a kick-ass female politician. He made national headlines when she filibustered in the Texas state Congress against one of the most anti-women health laws that was proposed. Check her out, I’ll be doing a few more posts on her in the next couple days.

Hilary: Political Cartoons

 

Just a few political cartoons about my post yesterday, let me know what you think!

Sam

 

 

Why its tough to be a woman in politics: Part 2

Women in politics are categorized into stereotypes: the most popular are the Ditz (ie Sarah Palin) and the Bitch (ie Hilary Clinton). While I’m not going to dispute that there will be women politicians who will fall into this category, I will say that you should not demean or trash women candidate on whether or not the fit into their category, you should criticize them on their ideology and political beliefs.

During Sarah Palin’s election run with John McCain, a man moved into the house next door to her and wrote a book called “Rogue” depicting lies of extramarital affairs and drug use. Throughout the campaign, Palin was objectified for how she looked being seen as a sex symbol instead of a politician. She was framed as a bad mother because her daughter was pregnant during the campaign and she wanted to run for national office while having a young child with Down’s Syndrome. Most of her criticism was focused on how she measured up as a women, not on her ideology or political beliefs and let’s be real people, there’s plenty of things to criticize Sarah Palin on when considering her stance on policies.


 

Hilary has been portrayed as the cold-hearted bitch of American politics. Even people who advocate for a change in how people dipict women, still say thing such as Hilary “finally has permission to be a bitch” and “As a post-menopausal woman, she no longer needs to concern herself with the armies of attackers who for years have ceaselessly found her insufficiently girlish, womanly, or sexually desirable.” I think its important to note that Hilary is perceived as a bitch because she’s taking on the role as the firm leader in order to “fit” better in the patriarchal and man-centered culture that is our political system.

Again, there will be women who fit into the general stereotypes of the “Bitch” and the “Ditz” but I think that it’s important that we as a society try and move ourselves away from the mind set of classifying women in this way to a point where it hinders their success. I think instead we should solely focus on the ideologies and the political beliefs of the women who run for office and maybe we no longer will be the developed nation with the lowest amount of women in our governmental offices.

Sam

Gender Roles: Cartoon Version

Let me know if you have any thoughts on this cartoon! I think it applies to the post I did yesterday!

Sam

Why it’s tough to be a woman politician: Part 1

It’s tough to be a woman politician in America. There’s a few reason for it. This is going to be a two to three part series on why women have a much more difficult time in politics:

The first is gender norms. When you think of what a woman or a girl should be, you tend to think of a woman as kind, gentle, and passive. Girls are socialized from a young as to be feminine. We should play with dolls, do ballet, and wear everything that is pink. We are taught to accept things and not to be put up a fight (or else we’re being bad). This is somewhat of how we think women should be in the public sphere. A woman should stay at home and should be passive next to males (or risk being a bitch). However, we consider leaders to be assertive, authoritative, and headstrong. Women who try to be leader reach this dichotomy: either break gender norms and be a leader (and be ridiculed in the process being labeled a bitch) or choose not to get involved in politics and follow established norms.

A poll from the National Journal surveyed members of Congress on whether or not they believe that it is harder for women in politics. 81% of Democrats (out of 90 votes) believe it is harder to be a woman in politics. When asked why they believed such some congress members were cited as saying:

“Depends on which office she is running for. It’s usually a challenge for women to break into power-broker networks to raise money.”

“Old prejudices die very hard.”

“It’s still, ‘You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.’ Very few strong assertive females are treated the same as their male counterparts. They are labeled if they are outspoken.”

3% of Democrats surveyed believe it is easier to be a woman in politics and 16% of Democrats surveyed believe there is no difference in difficulty between men and women.

In that same poll, 44% of Republicans (out of 80 votes) believe it is harder to be a woman in politics. When asked why they believed such, some members were quoted saying:

“More to prove, and women usually get a later start or derailed because of kids and family.”

“It’s still a man’s world generally in politics at all levels for a variety of reasons, including women having more family responsibilities than men and conservative women less likely to run, and tradition. However, the world is changing, and if Hillary runs in 2016 and wins, that could change the paradigm.”

“The times they are a-changin’ but it takes time. It’s harder for GOP women than Dem women.”

25% of Republicans surveyed believe it is easier to be a woman in politics and 31% of Republicans surveyed believe there is no difference in difficulty between men and women. 

While there are great differences in how each party views women in politics, still a majority of each party sees and recognizes the difficulties women in our political system face. 

A 2010 study by Loyola Marymount University surveys women and how they view themselves as qualified when deciding to run for political office. Of the men and women surveyed, 33% of women and 35% of men had conducted extensive policy research; 65% of women and 69% of men regularly engaged in public speaking; and 69% of women and 64% of men had fundraising experience. So the men and women who were surveyed were relatively equal in the experience they have. Despite the equality in experience, women were found to be substantially less likely than men to see themselves as qualified to run for office. Women were found to be 29% less likely than men to see themselves as highly qualified and were 80% more likely to consider themselves not qualified at all. Women also have a stronger sense of the inequality that women politicians face: 78% of women believe it is more difficult to be a woman in politics compared to 57% of men believing the same.

Let me know what you think of these statistics and keep a look out for the next parts in this series!

Sam

The VA Governors Race is important to women

I’ve been following bits and pieces of the VA governor’s race. I’m going to just lay everything out on the table- I despise Ken Cuccinelli. While I understand that Virginia is obviously a conservative state, I think that Ken Cuccinelli is far to conservative to be part of the 21st century, and the main reason I believe this is his stance on women during his campaign.

First, Cuccinelli wants to ban all forms of birth control, not just abortion, but the pill too, as well as remove funding for women’s clinics like Planned Parenthood. He wants to ban abortion in all cases, including times of rape, incest and when a pregnancy threatens a women’s health. I’m sorry but I have this radical belief that if you don’t have lady parts you probably should keep your nose out of legislation that doesn’t even concern you. My biggest problem with the Republican Party, which is dominated by wealthy, white men, is that they try to tell me what I can and can’t do with my body. I think that concept that a man can rule of a women’s body, telling her what she can and can’t do because maybe it violates his beliefs, is a huge problem. It just continues the patriarchal concept that women can’t make their own decisions. That they need their white knight to protect her and make a decision for her because she’s completely incapable to do so on her own. I’m a women, who can make an educated decision on her own and I don’t need rich male bureaucrats telling me what I can and can’t do with my reproductive rights. Ladies, I’m not sure if you heard of the Virginia abortion bill that was passed in 2012. This bill requires that when you receive an ultrasound before you have an abortion. This ultrasound has no medical necessity– it’s only purpose is to try and deter women from receiving an abortion. Ken Cuccinelli was one of the state legislators that supported this bill and got it to pass.

In the most recent debate, Terry McAuliffe as usual brought up Cuccinelli’s view on women and his track record for hurting women through his legislation choices. Cuccinelli’s response was “no one has helped women more than me”. He said he created an organization while he was at UVA to help rape victims and that he has helped provide domestic violence campaigns through the attorney general’s office. Cool story bro. You did a few good things. Do you think that counteracts the numerous things you have proposed and continue to advocate that squash any and all rights for the women of Virginia? You were one of three attorney generals in the United States who didn’t sign a letter to help reauthorize Violence Against Women Act. You have condoned Republican’s in the state legislature to ratify several bills to shut down women’s clinics. You introduced a bill to provide criminal penalties to doctors who preform abortions despite abortion being held up by the Supreme Court. You proposed a person-hood bill that would make interfere with women’s reproductive rights, even in cases of fertility treatments and managing a miscarriage by making conception be the starting point of life. You call idea of birth control as a preventative measure a “sterilization mandate” ignoring the horrors that women and men of Virginia suffered due to the fact they had mental disorders they were forced by the state to give up their reproductive rights and were forcefully sterilized (a program that only ended 34 years ago). So please, understand why I don’t believe that you don’t do shit for the women of this state just because you did two nice things for women in your political career.

Now ladies if that alone didn’t make your blood boil, here’s something that will. Second, Cuccinelli wants to make change divorce laws. A little background for my followers who don’t live in Virginia, while there are some grounds for divorce (ie adultery, abuse, felony convictions) most people in Virginia get divorces on the grounds  of no-fault divorce, where they separate for 6 months if there are no minor children or 12 months if there are minor children. Cuccinelli proposed a bill in 2008 that would make it impossible for a couple with children to get a no fault divorce. His reasoning it that divorce has a bad influence on children. As a child of divorce, while my parent’s divorce wasn’t the ideal situation for anyone involved. My parents didn’t get married thinking they were going to get divorced. Shit happens. That being said, I’m absolutely glad my parents got divorced. My house was a war-zone. My parents were yelling at each other all the time. So while divorce isn’t a great option, it’s a better option than a child learning that’s what a marriage is supposed to be and being under perpetual stress because they’re parents are always fighting.

So sorry not sorry Cuccinelli, I hope you lose. I think the fact that you want to impose your personal and religious beliefs upon every one is a problem. I think the fact that you think that you can govern a woman’s body just because your in a place of power is sickening. I think that you want to tell women how she should act on her reproductive system is a problem because guess what, you don’t have lady parts and none of that legislation concerns you.

Sam