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    Came across a story tonight excoriating Michigan Gov. Whitmer's use of the term "menstruating people."

    Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer refers to women as 'menstruating people,' GOP gov hopefuls respond | Fox News

    Republican campaigns in the race to be Michigan's next governor are blasting Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for referring to women as "menstruating people" during a recent Zoom event put on by the state's Democratic Party.

    Whitmer made the comments after being asked a question about a proposed amendment to the Michigan state constitution protecting access to abortion for its citizens should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

    The proposal's initiative is being led by a group called Reproductive Freedom For All, and it will only appear on the ballot if a minimum number of petition signatures required by state law are obtained and certified by the board of state canvassers by July 11.

    "What should we expect — this is a scary one —what should we expect if the reproductive freedom proposal fails? Are you able to protect reproductive rights without that proposal passing if Roe v. Wade fails? What can voters do to help preserve our freedom of choice?" asked Erica Peresman, the Michigan Democratic Party's voter protection director.

    "So we saw where we thought Dobbs was going to be headed, and this was prior to the draft opinion coming out publicly," Whitmer responded. "So we looked at all the tools that I have as governor and determined a couple of unique things I can do."

    "Number one: I have the constitutional ability to bring a lawsuit to protect constitutional rights of people of Michigan. So I brought a lawsuit on behalf of all the menstruating people in Michigan — 2.2 million. And another tool I have is to go straight to our state Supreme Court," she added.
    The writer here, Brandon Gillespie, continues:
    Whitmer's comments appeared to be an attempt to further use of language many have criticized as "woke," such as when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was sharply criticized for referring to a woman as a "menstruating person" last year.
    So it occurred to me that the term "menstruating people" is not so much definitional as divisional. Are post menapausal women still women? Is there some new category like Female Emeritus we should learn?

    We've come a far distance from when the word pregnant wasn't permitted on television. Nowadays "keeping it real" means "keeping it graphic."

    But the effect of this sophistry is to diminish women. It would be interesting to hear new members of some Board of Directors introduced to stockholders in these terms.

    Brought to you by erstwhile champions of women, of course.
    • "Don't underestimate Joe's ability to fuck things up."— Barack Obama.
    • "If these governors won't help, I will use my powers as president and get them out of the way." — Joe Biden, explaining fascism.
    • "Put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy and that common enemy is the virus." — Dr. Anthony Fauci, misidentifying the common enemy.
    • "Thieves only carry weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an incentive to cooperate." — Texas State House Rep. Terry Meza, proposing to bar "castle defense" protection for victims of home invasions.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." — Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • "The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn't originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing." — Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." — CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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    So M to F transsexuals are excluded according to Whitmer along with the post-menopausal and hysterectomy patients.
    Sounds kind of exclusionary to me.
    Expect the usual suspects to hang a TERF banner around her neck in the very near future.
    We are so fucked.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by gary m View Post
      So M to F transsexuals are excluded according to Whitmer along with the post-menopausal and hysterectomy patients.
      Sounds kind of exclusionary to me.
      Expect the usual suspects to hang a TERF banner around her neck in the very near future.
      Well, it's unlikely that people from the 3 groups you mention have any urgent need for access to abortion.
      "Think as I think," said a man,
      "Or you are abominably wicked;
      You are a toad."
      And after I had thought of it,
      I said: "I will, then, be a toad." - Stephen Crane

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      • #4
        But she and the rest of the sheep bleaters frame it at different times as women's reproductive rights or women's health care choices (unless it is promoting one to be a pharmacological lab rat), so just trying to cover the myriad of gender descriptors.
        We are so fucked.

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        • #5
          Every time I read "The shelf life of women", I hear "Binders full of women".
          May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
          Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
          And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
          may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michele View Post
            Every time I read "The shelf life of women", I hear "Binders full of women".


            And rightly so. Not that Romney meant what he was accused of, but both phrases denigrate women, just as the term "menstruating people" does.
            • "Don't underestimate Joe's ability to fuck things up."— Barack Obama.
            • "If these governors won't help, I will use my powers as president and get them out of the way." — Joe Biden, explaining fascism.
            • "Put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy and that common enemy is the virus." — Dr. Anthony Fauci, misidentifying the common enemy.
            • "Thieves only carry weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an incentive to cooperate." — Texas State House Rep. Terry Meza, proposing to bar "castle defense" protection for victims of home invasions.
            • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." — Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
            • "The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn't originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing." — Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
            • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." — CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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