NARAL Pro-Choice America has decided to pull its anti-Roberts ad due to all of the “controversy” (oh spare me–rolls eyes), which unfortunately with all of the reactionary shrilling over the ad, even by pro-choicers and liberals, has distracted just about everyone (including us pro-choicers and lefties) from the reality and the focus of this campaign.Which is, duh, exposing the threat Roberts’ poses to women’s reproductive rights (and at least NARAL did their job in that department as I don’t see some other pro-choice liberal bloggers who criticized the ad doing their part). Media Girl has a question or two regarding this debacle…
NARAL ad or no ad, the question remains:
Who is this John Roberts? And what are his attitudes about women?
And the broader question hangs over this all:
What kind of country are we creating by flirting so closely with the enslavement of women?
People like to call us all sorts of names for bringing this up. Some people just wish we’d go away, so the boys can get back to talking about guns and money. But this is a fundamental question. You either believe a woman’s body belongs to the woman, or to the government. No quibbling. No blowing the question off. It’s time to take a stand, or shut up, sit down and accept the consequences.
Damn straight! Also, like Media Girl, I too was disappointed by Jon Stewart’s subtle sexist comments directed towards the voiceover-woman on the NARAL ad on last night’s episode.
[...]And I have to admit, after Jon Stewart’s mocking, I couldn’t see much gain in pushing the ad further.
Stewart’s last jab was to make fun of the voiceover woman, and makes a lowbrow suggestion she hook up with “trailer voiceover man.” That was a fucking offensive joke — yeah, the uppity chick just needs to get laid, right, Jon?
Et tu, Jon? Maybe he’s a fan of the frat-boyish bloggers over at the DailyKos.Yep, sticking it to an “uppity woman with opinions” ought to shut her up with her damn “pet causes.” Gee, how many of these supposed “progressive” and “liberal” guys are nothing but over-grown frat-boys (or closet Republicans)? As for the FactCheck.org issue (here’s their analysis of the ad) see this post over at BitchPhD, and even Scott Lemieux’s posts here and here.
*Update*: Check out this post over at Bush v. Choice to see more on NARAL’s decision to change its ad campaign. Though the reason should be obvious to everyone. Focus on Roberts and quit bickering amongst ourselves! Duh.
*Second update*: See NARAL’s response letter to Senator Specter, who adamantly requested NARAL to pull the ad.