Because we wouldn’t want to shame the people who want to shame women

12 Mar 2012 06:41 pm
Posted by: Donna

Judging from all the papers who had announced they weren’t going to run this week’s Doonesbury cartoons, I expected the first one to be a lot more abrasive than it was. The strip isn’t saying anything that lots of people aren’t already saying about intrusive and offensive anti-choice bills being introduced in several states. And the scarlet A was a nice touch. What’s going on here is the usual MSM squeamishness around the “controversial” topics of female reproduction and sexuality plus maybe buying into the right wing false equivalence b.s. around the Limbaugh debacle, where any liberal anywhere who ever said a bad thing was equated with Rush spending 3 days impugning a woman’s character (and that of the vast majority of American women) on the public airwaves.

The Arizona Republic was among the papers declining to run the Doonesbury strips. A Facebook friend of mine sent several inquiries around to reporters at the paper and TV news reporters about it. Columnist Laurie Roberts got the question to the top editor, Randy Lovely. His response: “I reviewed the Doonesbury cartoons and did not feel they were appropriate for publication.” Which is taking the path of least resistance, basically. Far easier to do that than to put out any message that describes the anti-choice movement accurately. It’s worth noting that the Republic hasn’t done any editorials on all the anti-abortion, anti-contraception, and anti-sex ed CAP legislation this year. Not that I’d expect anything more honest than some vacuous barf about the “extremism” of “both sides” of the issue but it would at least be nice if they’d stop avoiding the subject entirely so as to mollycoddle the tender feelings of sex-obsessed authoritarians.


  1. Comment by Weapons Grade Stupid on March 13, 2012 5:43 am

    Thanks to the Arizona Republic for avoiding any controversy or accidentally putting anything interesting or of value in the paper this week. By treating us like children and forcing us to go online to view the issue for ourselves and get our Doonesbury, you prove exactly why newspapers have become irrelevant in the 21st century. Say hi to the buggy-whip manufacturers for us.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on March 13, 2012 2:16 pm

    I also too and wonder if they aren’t wimping out from another squirm factor. By bringing in a middle aged male sponsor of anti legislation face to face with a woman who it will effect and putting into words what this crap is really about, Trudeau puts faces to what the Republic and many people want to keep at the political theory level. To me it brings into focus the bullying and harrasment of people who are daughters, mothers, sisters and aunts for wanting medical care. Kind of uncomfortable to realize your daughter could be thought of as a slut for a medical procedure.

  3. Comment by Timmys Cat on March 13, 2012 3:58 pm

    Men should be required to have a mandatory prostate exam before they can get a prescription for Viagra. Gotta make sure they’re not too far along, so to speak.

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