by way of Broadsheet
Phyllis Schlafly, who is set to receive an honorary degree from Washington University this week has reiterated her support of marital rape...
In an interview with Washington University's student newspaper, Schlafly held her anti-woman ground:
"Could you clarify some of the statements that you made in Maine last year about martial rape?" "I think that when you get married you have consented to sex. That's what marriage is all about, I don't know if maybe these girls missed sex ed. That doesn't mean the husband can beat you up, we have plenty of laws against assault and battery. If there is any violence or mistreatment that can be dealt with by criminal prosecution, by divorce or in various ways. When it gets down to calling it rape though, it isn't rape, it's a he said-she said where it's just too easy to lie about it.
So Phyllis Schlafly STILL doesn't believe marital rape exists... Hmmm, that line may rank with "Y'know, I was just in Hell and Hitler STILL doesn't like Jews," or Y'know Rev Dobson is STILL terrified of Gays," or "George W Bush is STILL terrified of his mother."
Long time ago, I came up with a theory women who are Fundie Theocrats, women who oppose women's reproductive rights or the E.R.A, (the ERA! Wow! -- you can find that one in the Wayback machine -- we haven't heard about THAT for many years), or women who hold the banner of "marital duty" and "obedience to husbands" high, who join their men in defiling gay people's graves and funerals, and etc...
OK, I will grudgingly admit that some may have a sincere religious belief, (not that sincerity makes it any less ridiculous)*
I think most espouse those positions because they are intimidated and understandably scared by what they see the men in their community do and what they hear them say, as in the threats they make toward women who ARE arrogant enough to belief they are actually human beings and thereby entitled to make their own decisions about how to live their own lives.
But then, those men seem to live in terror all their lives, and rather than ever have enough courage to confront their own night beasts or examine their own actions and motives, they choose to point fingers and damn well do not accept the possibility that anyone is allowed to NOT be living in constant fear, do not accept anyone saying things like "So what? Why shouldn't a woman have an equal right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (you flag-waving hypocrite)?" or "What does the relationship between two gay men or two gay women have to do with my marriage?"
Oh no -- lest the lightning bolts fly.
But somewhere, in a parallel universe, perhaps there is a book for those religious fanatics which says, among others things: "Thou shalt not suffer anyone like Phyllis Schlafly to live." **
--- In this universe, we could go so far as to prevent her EVER to be quoted for ANYTHING at all. Just -- as soon as she opens that mouth with the hideous rictus of a smile, go "Shhh" and gently escort her to her warm soft padded room.
I find it hard to believe anyone could be as terrified and miserable as Ms Schlafly, but the compassion I feel does NOT mean letting the likes of her running around loose generating as much hate and hurt as she can with her vicious inanities and sociopathic insanities.
* Or as Herman Melville said when accused of making fun of the great lord god almighty: "I would not mock anyone's religion. I would not even mock a colony of ants worshiping a toadstool."
** (I am still resisting making that "Thou shalt not suffer a bitch to live.") And in fact that line about snuffing out witches is characteristic of the last several thousand years of western civilization -- whenever society is stressed and the men get even more scaredy-cat than usual, the result is finding some women to beat up, whether it's burning young woman at a stake or hanging them or drowning them or crushing with stones (hmm, what a coincidence they're so often young sexually attractive women) or throwing things at some 16-year old girl going into a woman's clinic