Caterpillar

GOP Chairman Reince Priebus compares women to caterpillars


Not a woman.

Oh, this is just too good: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus had the loveliest thing to say yesterday about the discussions around the GOP’s “war on women” that’s been dominating the political landscape as of late:

“If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing this weekend. “It’s a fiction.”

I’ll admit I’m kind of loving how these GOP tactics to try to dismiss this conversation as silly and meaningless are just further trivializing the issues that women and other folks with uteri care about, and just keep diggin’ themselves deeper and deeper into this hole of voter abandonment.

Oh and while we’re at it: A few examples of just how nonfictional this situation is.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/laynezilla/ Alayna

    Related article from the Atlantic!

    The Truth About the Republican War on Caterpillars

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/04/the-truth-about-the-republican-war-on-caterpillars/255522/

  • http://feministing.com/members/nonsequiteuse/ Nonsequiteuse

    I laughed out loud when I saw this news come across my Twitter feed. Things have gotten so ridiculous that my first thought was whether we should ask all of the knitters who’ve been crafting uteruses for all of the anti-woman legislators should switch to caterpillars for the RNC. I’ve never been able to knit, but a caterpillar seems like the perfect beginner’s project.

  • http://feministing.com/members/kaitlincrawford/ Kaitlin

    Wow. This is crazy talk. I see where he is going with this. Women issues are just not important and are silly. That would be like if people believe that the war on Iraq was silly and compared it to a war between a brother and a sister. “Oh they will get over it soon enough” would be what my mom would say. This is basically what they are saying here. These issues with women aren’t that big of a deal and they will get over them soon if we keep ignoring them and they will move on and get over it too. This is where we have to fight harder and get in their face more with these issues for women’s rights. One day they will understand but for right now they still believe that we are nothing but a small issue that can be ignored and resolved later. One day they will get it and they will understand because we will be so in their face that they have no choice but to listen and do something to help us.