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The Republican war on women shows no sign of abating. Why should it? It's a core belief of Conservatives that women are inferior, just as it's a core belief that non-whites are inferior. To respect women goes against this fundamental Republican belief.

A recent article in The New Yorker will hit you hard in the solar plexus, and could bring a compassionate person to tears. It's a short but powerful story.

Women have gotten the short end of the stick through most of history, and the treatment of women is a good measurement of a society's level of advancement. Brutal, ignorant and primitive societies treat women different and worse than those societies treat men. Advanced societies are movements for the equality of women.

To even have to say that we stand for decency is in itself bewildering. Of course we stand for decency. But the need to say it arises from seeing such a large group on the other side promoting the subjugation, humiliation, and belittling of women.

Te book "What's the Matter with Kansas?" by Thomas Frank caused quite a stir. It said that Conservatives such as those from Frank's home state, voted against themselves (for Republicans), and it proposed reasons why this was so.

Conservative women, and especially religious Conservative women, have been voting against themselves since they got the vote in the 1920s. (They got the vote thanks to the activism of Liberal women and men.) All the advancements of women have been the result of the work of Liberal women and men.

Though someone could still write a book with the title "What's the Matter with Women?" it looks like Conservative women are starting to catch on. Those I know have changed their beliefs on certain individual issues, and more and more I see a drift toward Liberalism. This isn't happening a lot in the religious right, at least in my experience, but it is happening elsewhere.

This seems like a Golden Moment for Liberalism and the Democratic Party.

Take a moment to read the on-line posting of the Lapore article. If the words of Ben Franklin's sister don't hit you in the gut I don't know what to say.

A Southerner in Yankeeland

Originally posted to A Southerner in Yankeeland on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM PDT.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism and RaceGender DiscrimiNATION.

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