You go girl!

May 15, 2009 at 2:46 pm 5 comments

<——- Joan Bray gets my vote for this week’s ‘Bitchslappiest Badass In All Of Creation’ award PLUS ten trillion ‘Attagirls’ for giving a big ol’ verbal backhand to a bunch of Missouri buffoons.

See, on one side, there are these folks (Retardlicans, old white men and general religious whackjobs) who can’t get over the fact that waaaayyyy back in 1973 a bunch of people we call the United States Supreme Court put their heads together (well 7 of the 9, anyway) and decided that it was probably a good idea for women to have the last word on what happens with their vajayjays when it comes to having baybays and so they legalized that shit 20 says to Sunday.

On the other side, there’s this other group of folks (everyone else) who believe the Supremes’ decision was a slammin’ piece of justice.

Joan Bray is in that group.

bitch_slap-13115And this week, during debate on Missouri’s [now passed] ‘compromise’ abortion legislation, the University City Democrat got fired up and unleashed some furious speechification on her Senate brethren, basically calling bullshit on the blatant sexism behind abortion bills year after year and, at one point, lambasting lawmakers who are “pro-life” with their wives and “pro-choice” with their girlfriends.
::: BOO-YA!! Suckit hypocrites! :::

At the time she said it, none of the peens on the Senate floor had the cajones to respond … but 12 hours later Republican Senator Jack Goodman labeled her comments “highly offensive” and “slanderous.”
::: Ooo – way harsh, Jackster! :::

So what, exactly, did she say that was sooooo outrageous?!?

Behold the glory of articulate outrage!

“After multiple years on this issue, I’m sick of it. I’m totally sick of it.

I’m sick of women being treated like they are so stupid that they can’t make their own decisions regarding their reproductive rights and their bodies.

I’m sick of women having no options, and being coerced to give birth.

I’m sick of a bunch of men around here, year after year after year, piling up restriction after restriction after restriction on women who found themselves in a very unhappy, unpleasant circumstance of an unwanted pregnancy.

Missouri has the most restrictive abortion laws in the country and, as a result, Missouri’s women are put in danger when they finally do ever get to have an abortion — they’re later and they’re tougher abortions to have because there are so many barriers to Missouri women getting to have a safe and legal abortion.

I am sick of the disrespect for women who come to the Capitol defending a woman’s legal right to choose an abortion.

I am sick that they’re being treated dismissively and rudely.

I’m sick of the ethic around here that men are pro-life for their wives and pro-choice for their girlfriends.

I’m sick of the failure to take steps that would, in fact, reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, through sex education, contraception, family planning and emergency contraception.

No man in this body will ever have an unwanted pregnancy.

But, mark my word, your daughters, your wives, your sisters, your granddaughters, your nieces will.

And your actions here tonight will disrespect and diminish them.”

Joan? Girlfriend??




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  • 1. Davis  |  May 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    that’s a really great post — thanks for sharing that speech

  • 2. lifeisacookie  |  May 15, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    is she not awesome?!?

  • 3. Ponchita  |  May 15, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    holy cow! that was not articulate outrage…that was like the fucking hurricane katrina of verbal ….geezus i can’t even think of a word strong enough to describe what she did. my gawd…this woman needs her own word.
    they got their asses joanificated..that does no justice to her either. find her her own DAYUM word cookie! that speech deserves its own word as well.
    she kicks ass…i think i love her too.

  • 4. Noni  |  May 15, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Ponchita’s right — Bray needs her own word! — I do like joanificated though 🙂

  • 5. Beth Griffin  |  May 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I was there. She was astounding. I’m still shaking in my boots. Thanks, Joan, for your courage.

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