Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee says Dems think women are helpless and “cannot control their libidos”

I tried and failed to come up with any commentary to add to this quote from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s speech today at the Republican National Committee. But I’m pretty sure it doesn’t need any.

Women I know are outraged that Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication. Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anyone else can do. Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war on them, that’s a war for them. And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government then so be it! Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be. And women across America have to stand up and say enough of that nonsense.

I agree on one thing, Mr. Huckabee: Let’s definitely take this discussion across the country and see how many outraged women rise up against the tyranny of being able to get affordable birth control. How dare they!

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/akbright/ sb

    Looking for some good arguments, to give my teenage son, as to why birth control should be covered by health insurance. He says it shouldn’t be, since having sex is a choice.

    • http://feministing.com/members/remmegade/ emm

      I am shocked that his argument has stumped you. Perhaps it is easier for me because of my situation. the clearest reason that many young girls and low risk women (such as abstinent or lesbian) take birth control is for health benefits. Finding the right birth control can reduce the symptoms of hemorrhagia, endometriosis, and severe cramping. I know people who have passed out, gotten fevers, lost their hearing, all due to their menstrual cycle. Throw in the benefits for people with acne, and multiple other hormone problems and there is no case to say that it is not a health issue.
      Additionally, let’s talk about the systemic privileging of men’s bodies vs women’s. Men have viagra, a pill ONLY for sex, covered by health insurance, and no one is complaining about their libidos. Men have access to vasectomies, where as tubal ligation for women is much more invasive and has a lower success rate for reversal.
      That should keep him occupied. The core problem is the sexual regulation of female bodies and women identified people. If men do not support birth control, they shouldn’t have sex with women who take it.

    • http://feministing.com/members/norman6661/ Norman Schwartz

      Let him know it will protect him from becoming a father before he is ready if his hormones get the best of him.

    • http://feministing.com/members/norman6661/ Norman Schwartz

      Also that giving women easy access to birth control is an investment that saves the country money compared to former situation on many levels.

  • http://feministing.com/members/xclvet/ John Deere

    The Huckster is trying to ape Newt Gingrich’s bomb-throwing tactics. Due to his lack of insight, he only manages to project his own dysfunctional ideology (transference) onto the hated ‘others’ in his unresolved inner c.o.n.flicts.

  • http://feministing.com/members/xclvet/ GloriouStyNum

    Republican tactic : demonizing your political opponents ; i.e., Democrats are doing this (insert bad thing here.)