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Rick Santorum Blames Part Of His Book Criticizing Women In The Workplace On Wife

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“Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root. The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.” 

This is a passage from GOP candidate Rick Santorum‘s 2005 book It Takes A Family; it seems like he’s suggesting women shouldn’t be in the workplace. When questioned this weekend by George Stephanopolous about this passage, Santorum said that it was his wife, Karen Santorum, who wrote that part — even though his name is the only one credited as an author and she isn’t credited in the acknowledgements as someone “who assisted me in the writing of this book.” When pressed this weekend, Rick Santorum said, “I don’t know — that’s a new quote for me … the bottom line is that people should have equal opportunity to rise in the work force.” I’m not even going to address how silly it is that someone is blaming his wife for a line in his book. Instead, let’s talk about how tone deaf this guy is about women in the workplace: poor women and women of color have pretty much always worked in America. It wasn’t a choice; it was a necessity. Apparently Rick Santorum — or his wife? — are just upset when middle-class white women go to work, too? [New York Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Against Abortion, Unless It’s To Save His Own Wife’s Life

  • Interesting fact about Rick Santorum: his wife, Karen Santorum, had an abortion in 1996 during her 19th week of pregnancy (roughly the fifth month). Karen Santorum’s fetus caused an infection inside her and had to be removed to save her life. The fetus was delivered and could not survive outside the womb, as doctors had predicted. First of all, that is indescribably sad. It was brave for the couple to discuss this on NPR, as they did in 2004 with host Terry Gross. Second of all, how can Rick Santorum oppose all abortion in all cases when terminating a pregnancy saved the life of his own wife? Eh. Don’t answer that. [Jezebel]
  • MSNBC has given a weekend talk show to Melissa Harris-Perry, a Tulane University political science professor who frequently appears on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Congratulations! [The Wrap]
  • Columbia and Yale will now reimburse LGBT employees who are taxed when their same-sex partners sign on to their health insurance. The schools are located in New York and Connecticut, respectively, which both recognize same-sex marriage. However, the federal government doesn’t recognize gay marriage and so lesbian and gay employees who are legally married are still taxed as “single.” [Queerty Keep reading »
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