Binders Full of Women

When I started this post a couple of days ago, I had originally intended it to be a post about ‘sexy’ Halloween costumes, but then there was this little comment made about “Binders full of women” last night and this infuriating comment stating “If we are going to allow women in the workplace…” Whoa, hold up, if  we are going to allow women in the workplace? Excuse me, Governor Romney, I believe we have been allowing women in the workplace for quite some time now. Oh and my favorite comment from last night’s debate, summed up to something like “women need to be more flexible in the workplace because they need to be home by a decent hour in order to cook dinner.” Ok, Romney, ok. What year are you living in?

Let’s start with the “Binders full of women” comment, because let’s face it, it’s still trending on Twitter and there’s an entire tumblr blog devoted to it. If you have yet to see the comment, feel free to watch both Obama and Romney answer the question regarding the pay gap (you’ll also hear the comment about women needing to be home by 5pm to cook dinner).

Now, I can let the ‘binders full of women’ comment slide. In fact, if I hadn’t been following along on Twitter during the debate, I probably would have missed the comment (yay social media!). But what I can’t let slide is the comment about women needing more flexible hours in order for them to be home in time to ‘cook dinner.’ This next fact might shock some people, but did you know that men are 100% (omg another debate reference!) equally capable of cooking a meal? (gasp!) What the heck does cooking dinner have to do with pay equality? Will this housewife gender stereotype ever go away?

Moving on, Romney also managed to insult single moms and dads everywhere. While answering a question about gun control he somehow managed to blame single parents for gun violence. (what?!)

Wherever possible the — the benefit of having two parents in the home, and that’s not always possible. A lot of great single moms, single dads. But gosh to tell our kids that before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone, that’s a great idea. Because if there’s a two parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically.

Hey wait a second, “if there’s a two parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically.” A two-parent family? Did Romney just inadvertently support same-sex couples? Because I’m pretty sure two women raising a child equals two-parent and two men raising a child equals two-parent and a man and a women raising a child equals two-parent. I mean I’m no mathematician, but apparently neither is Romney.

Enough of the Mitt, let’s get to the best response of the night (in relation to women) from President Obama…

“Millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care,” Mr. Obama said. “They rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings. That’s a pocketbook issue for women and families all across the country.”

Maybe now people will finally understand that Planned Parenthood is so much more than a place to get an abortion.

If you’re a woman and still undecided about who to vote for in this election, I hope this helps you decide, or at least gets you thinking. In the words of internet sensation, Tyler Oakley “If you wonder how Romney would treat women during his presidency, just take a look at how he treats Candy Crowley during the #HofstraDebate.”

Crowley 2016 anyone? Props to her for being the first female moderator for a presidential debate in 20 years AND she fact-checks on the spot. (Get the transcript!)

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3 thoughts on “Binders Full of Women

  1. Taylor, great comments. I love reading these. You’re oh so wise. I hope you’re still following all the rules.

  2. I really appreciated President Obama’s ability to bring attention to the fact that it is about more then abortion, about more then access to contraceptives, and about more then cervical and mammogram screenings; At the end of the day it is about practicing prevention and advocating for those who have been historically and systematically oppressed and silenced. Planned Parenthood is a preventative system that should be funded and advocated for as MUCH as possible.

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