When people talk about issues like the economy and health care as not particularly applicable to feminism I call bullshit. When people justify their votes for a Republican as feminist neutral because they’re voting for the Republican economic policies and the economy isn’t a feminist issue, that is equally bullshit. Not only is the Republican party racist, homophobic and misogynist, it is the party of incompetence. They drove America into the ground over the last eight years, crippling the economy. This has had a disproportionate effect on women (the effect of sub-prime mortgages on women is just one example), as it has a disproportionate effect on the poor. To have even the pretense of a fair society, at least on this planet, we have to have a functioning economy, because as soon as things get shitty, it flows downhill. Without that functioning economy people suffer, so yes, I do think the economy is a feminist issue, and that voting Republican is an anti-feminist act, just from the economic stand point alone.
Now this isn’t to say that, somewhere, somehow, a registered Republican isn’t a feminist, but cognitive dissonance much?
(Up next: A rant about how feminists don’t actually toe the left-wing or Democrat party-line.)