LETTER: Scott Brown, Ladies Man

Scott Brown's record on women's equality are enough for one Patch reader to vote for Elizabeth Warren.

Submitted by Dan Quigley, Hopkinton Resident

I’m a feminist, plain and simple. The true meaning of feminism is simply that one believes women and men should be represented and treated as equals. Who would dispute that?

But as many of us know, women are still not being paid the same as men for equal work or being offered the same opportunities to advance their careers. Of course, this is not because women dedicate less to their work, but because of discrimination and business culture. These issues cannot be left for businesses to self-correct, because after centuries of American business, women still make 77 cents to every man’s dollar.

Scott Brown, in addition to opposing multiple jobs bills, voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help to close the gender gap in wages. He claims that the current law is sufficient and that additional laws would be an unreasonable burden on businesses. But the current laws have been around for so long, we can safely assume that at this point, they aren’t doing enough. And Brown’s dismissal of women’s rights doesn’t just appear in this most recent vote.

Brown co-sponsored the (thankfully) failed “Blunt Amendment,” which would have allowed employers and insurers to deny health benefits to anyone based on “moral” opposition or beliefs. This, as Elizabeth Warren rightly pointed out, would have permitted the denial of contraception as well as other important benefits to women and families. It was written so broadly that it would have allowed for extreme flexibility in denying health coverage.

If you turn on any local channel, you are likely to see a commercial featuring Brown’s family and claims that he “understands women.” Apparently, the Brown campaign believes that simply being near women makes you their champion. I would argue that Elizabeth Warren is the real champion of not only women but all families and individuals in Massachusetts. She not only supports the rights of all groups, but also the safety of the middle class, the fair regulation of wall street, and the fundamental right of everyone to have a good education. I hope Hopkinton and Holliston will support those values, rather than Scott Brown’s appalling voting record.

Iron Mike July 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
With THAT military background you have no business being a liberal - unless you had a series of exit contacts with the jump door and a series of very bad PLFs resulting in permanent damage to you brain housing group. Please pull your head out of your 4th point of contact!
Iris July 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Iron Mike, I am not sure what lines you are refering to in Pivot of Civiliazation. I am not familiar with the quote you came up with here as I have not seen it in her work. Perhaps you could tell me what chapter you are refering to. To clarify some things about Margaret Sanger-she was admantly against abortion. She felt it was dangerous for women and harmful to babies. Remember-she lived in the early 20th century when abortion and pregnancy often ended in the death of the mother. She was anti-immigration but most of the country was when she wrote that book. And she was not advocating for sterilizing anyone except the feeble minded-Planned Parenthood today does not believe this so why bring it up? In 1920 most white americans thought that immigrants and blacks were lesser humans but we don't believe that today so I don't think it is an argument with merit. Sanger believed most of all in birth control to prevent the poverty and deprivations of the world she lived in. If you have really read any of her work then you would know that and if you had any knowledge of what the world was like in 1920 you would understand her. In 1900 over 65% of the US population was below the poverty level. 1 in 4 women died in childbirth. Sanger herself lost her mother to childbirth after too many pregnancies which caused her to crusade for birth control. Of the countries in the world that have BC versus those that don't-think about where you would really want to live.
Iris July 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Interesting that you assume I am a Liberal since I am for birthcontrol and that I support Warren. I have voted about 50/50 for both parties in my lifetime. Furthermore-did you know that Obama has raised 4 times the amount of money from active duty military than Romney? This is a fact-check it out online at CNBC. We are sick of the GOP and their stupid agends with the military, society, and obstructionist platform. So-I was not only Airborne but a parachute Rigger and commanded the Rigger Company at the 101st. You old farts don't know ____ about jumping today or what the modern military thinks so I think you need pull your head out of your 4th point of contact. The GOP thinks it has some kind of hold on the military but it only really applies to old guys who have been retired for a while. My generation is not easily bamboozled or brainwashed and we don't straight ticket vote based on party affiliations. I have no problem with MA Republicans and I probably have more in common with them than MA Democrats but like I said earlier-Southern Republicans are basically extremists who have nothing in common with the Commonwealth and do not reflect the values of this state at all. If Brown is voting with them then he is not reflecting the values of his citizens. If you affiliate with Southern GOPers-then go for it but don't assume the mliitary "votes" a certain way-that's old timer hogwash..
Dan Quigley July 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
JD Davis July 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Lizzie, 1) As a Native American, where do you stand on abolishing the celebration of Columbus? 2) How many "middle-class" families do you know, that earn over $900k a year? 3) Finally, I am redoing my family room this weekend, do you have any advice on hanging wallpaper for a regular guy like me?


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