Thursday, March 7, 2013
The "Undeserving" Women of the Violence Against Women Act
I am glad that the Congress finally passed, and the POTUS has signed, an extension of the Violence Against Women Act. It was long overdue, and it should have been a "no-brainer" for everyone involved. But I cannot get over the fact that the people who voted against the bill, particularly on the final vote, essentially gave a big "fuck you" to lesbians, undocumented immigrant women and Native American women. I think that Rep. Marsha Blackburn came closest to telling the truth, when she explained her decision to vote against it. She didn't like the groups that the latest iteration of the law included. I take that to mean that she has no problem with violence against lesbians, undocumented immigrant women and/or Native American women. That is an incredible admission, and it's one that I think can be attributed to every single member of Congress who voted against the bill. Some women, apparently, are more deserving of federal protection than others, at least in the minds of scores of Republicans. It's probably too much to hope that her constituents who know people in any of those "undeserving" categories will remember that, when she is up for re-election in '14. Then again, I have a sneaking suspicion that the vast majority of her constituency feels exactly the same way. And that's the real shame here.
Posted by hscfree at 11:47 AM