Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) Claims Violence Against Women Is Bad Because Women Are Weak

 Ugh. Who elects these prehistoric fools? Naturally the caveboy presumes to speak for 'most men.' 

 Sign the petition demanding Rep. Duncan apologize and cosponsor VAWA.

The latest example is Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee, who dithered to the Chatanooga Times Free Press about whether or not he'd vote for VAWA and then added this: 

"Like most men, I'm more opposed to violence against women than even violence against men," Duncan said. "Because most men can handle it a little better than a lot of women can."

As noted by the newspaper, VAWA is actually a gender-neutral law, and its protections extend to all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, male and female. The name simply stems from the fact that women tend to be targeted by these crimes far more often.
But really, it's unsurprising that Rep. Duncan seems not to know or care to learn what's in the bill he claims to be so torn over voting for—that's just par for the course in Republican politics—but that his support for the bill in contingent on the claim that women are inferior, as opposed to less shaky grounds such as "crime is wrong" or "rape and domestic violence tear at our communities."