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Brickner: The campaign against women – even by women

Brickner writes, "When I visited the Henry Ford Museum a couple of years ago, one exhibit showed the fight for women’s suffrage. A display case included a signed card by a woman opposed to women voting. This is one of the ironies: Sometimes the worst opponents of women are women themselves."

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Joan Brickner, Forum Readers Board
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Several years ago, I considered assigning " Hillbilly Elegy " by J.D. Vance for a class. Given the past year or two, I’m glad I didn’t assign Vance’s book.

Having intelligently analyzed the poverty and dysfunction in his native Ohio, the Yale Law School graduate now makes bizarre statements as a senatorial candidate. Once, he suggested that the childless should be barred from voting. He now suggests those in abusive marriages should stay, if children are involved. Sure. Set up kids with a bad example and women, the typical victims, for potential death.

I wish Vance were an anomaly. He is not.

We have the 10-year-old rape victim that was urged to carry the baby to term, and the investigation of her female doctor. Many tried to dismiss this story to add to the cruelty of a child bearing a child.

Too many laws want the woman to bear the baby, even if she dies.

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It seems the overturning of Roe v. Wade opened the floodgates to misogyny, although it’s not new.

When I visited the Henry Ford Museum a couple of years ago, one exhibit showed the fight for women’s suffrage. A display case included a signed card by a woman opposed to women voting. This is one of the ironies: Sometimes the worst opponents of women are women themselves.

For instance, how many accusations of harassment and assault does a man have to have to be considered a threat? Despite multiple and consistent accusations, some women still supported R. Kelly, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen and Bill Cosby.

Republican Matt Gaetz, credibly accused of sex trafficking, somehow voted against protecting victims of sex trafficking. He also attacked a pro-choice woman’s appearance, to the laughter and applause of the crowd. She triumphs, however, raising over a million dollars in response.

In the January 6 investigation, Cassidy Hutchinson and Sarah Mathews, who worked in the Trump White House and testified, have been singled out for special attacks by his supporters.

As Anna Karni and Maggie Haberman pointed out in the New York Times:

Before Sarah Matthews, a former deputy White House press secretary, even opened her mouth to testify on Thursday before the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, the House Republican Conference attacked her on Twitter as a “liar” and a “pawn” of Democrats.

The group did not mention the man seated beside her, Matthew Pottinger, the former deputy national security adviser, who was also there to issue a scathing indictment of former President Donald J. Trump’s behavior on the day of the riot. Nor did Trump himself mention Pottinger when he lashed out hours later with a statement calling Matthews a fame-seeker who was “clearly lying.”

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Certainly, we have male targets, like member Republican Adam Kinzinger, whose six-month-old son has received multiple death threats. Pro life? But in general, the women, like the election workers, have been attacked more.

I’m grateful I did not choose Vance, but I’m also grateful for my upbringing. We attended a conservative, legalistic church, but women preached and pastored. My parents urged their sons AND daughters to earn college degrees.

In my bones, I know women should share equality and respect.

Interested in a broad range of issues, including social and faith issues, Brickner serves as a regular contributor to the Forum’s opinion page. She is a retired English instructor, having taught in Michigan and Minnesota.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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Brickner writes, "The economic situation is a worldwide problem, not just an American one. Take gas prices. In the Fargo area, prices hover around $5 a gallon. In the United Kingdom, however, the average price is $8.35 and in Scandinavia it’s over $10. As one economist, Steven Rattner, explained, 'We’re the best house in a bad neighborhood' – and with a much stronger dollar."

Opinion by Joan Brickner
Interested in a broad range of issues, including social and faith issues, Joan Brickner serves as a regular contributor to the Forum’s opinion page. She is a retired English instructor, having taught in Michigan and Minnesota.

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