Lately, the GOP has been very good at ignoring data, science, and academics. All of us suffer for their cultish reverence of ignorance. Their ignoring evidence that contradicts their position is par for the course, as is their hiring partisan think tanks to manufacture false evidence that supports the GOP position. They have this idea that anything that contradicts their Bible based view of the world is automagically false, and so they don't have a problem of massaging evidence or research to create evidence of their own. Or maybe they believe that all evidence is equal. So if the academics produce five papers showing that homosexuality is a product of biology, then the partisans just have to produce five false papers (that have no scientific legitimacy or peer review) that says that homosexuality is a product of perversion or mental illness to combat it.
Me, I think that there's a strong misogynistic vein that runs through the GOP. That doesn't mean that all Republicans are misogynistic, or even that all elected Republicans are, but that it's there and tolerated by the leadership. I think that part of it is due to the fundamentalism that's taken root like a metastasized cancer in the party. I think that part of it is social inertia from the Bad Old Days, and that's the whole idea behind conservatism, is the resistance to change. I think that part of it is just plain ignorance because of anti-intellectualism. I think that part of it is an idealization of the 1950's which they view as being the epitome of American culture, and that I call the Bad Old Days. (Seriously - racism, sexism, segregation, lynchings, Cold War, McCarthyism, a facade of normalcy and propriety over a boiling society about to explode in a rage too long suppressed is their idea of the perfect
America? It was the bullshit of the 50's that caused American society to shred itself into a bloody mess during the 60's and 70's.)
I think that once the current wave of misogyny starts to be rejected by the party, then this streaming bile of rape apology will get shut down. We sent them a message. But as long as they refuse to sign for the package, we need to keep sending them the same message, that their misogyny WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. We only have two years before it's time to get out there and vote for Congress critters again, and we need to keep the pressure on the Republicans until they either die off as a political power in our nation, or they purge themselves of the cancer they're infected with.
I knew I could count on Oniya.
From the same site Stattick linked above: Republicans, it's time to confront your rape problem.
Thanks for posting that link. I liked it.