The Violence Against Women Act — VAWA — has had a rough time in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. It needed to be “reauthorized” for some reason — Congress probably needs decide every five years or so whether throwing a bone at abused women will win them votes — and, brace yourself for a huge shock, every single Republican on the committee said “no way, José.”
Addressing the human rights crisis of violence against women in the US literally required an Act of Congress. Hence, 1994’s VAWA, which, you’ll fondly recall, enhanced judicial, law enforcement, and social programs to deal with stuff like domestic violence, rape, stalking, etc.
Obviously VAWA hasn’t eliminated violence against women; the National Domestic Abuse Hotline gets 21,000 calls a month. But apparently the Act has resulted in some improvements. In addition to the creation of the aforementioned hotline, there are now VAWA-funded rape crisis centers and shelters, stalking is now considered a boney-fide crime (at least on paper) and date and spousal rape is now supposedly considered just as rapey as rape rape (again, on paper).
So why would a bunch of pink-faced Christian legislators* go on the record as being against a bill that seeks to eliminate violence against women?
Because they’re xenophobic gayophobic transophobic pod people from the Delta Quadrant.
See, there are provisions in VAWA 2011 that would extend services and protections to marginalized groups like undocumented women, gay women, and transwomen. That’s a lotta women. Nevertheless, Republican Senator pod-people are fully prepared to endure the suffering of those women, as well as to throw under the bus the straight, white American victims of abuse. Anything to get their jacknut constituents to vote for’em again.
These dipshit misogynist godbags hate dykes and undocumented women so much that the faintest suggestion of exhibiting human decency toward them causes their limbic systems to secrete holy water. And as you know, holy water on the brain is a very serious condition. It nearly always portends that a bunch of women and kids, especially brown women and kids, are about to get the short end of some pointy, honky dude stick.
* Here, for your blaming convenience, are the usual suspects, so you can drop’em a line. The Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans: Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Michael S. Lee (R-Utah), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma
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