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Women have equal rights because they can shop, Fox host claims


Emine Dilek
WVoN co-editor 

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld is known for his shallow rhetoric but the joke he cracked on last Friday’s episode, about women having all the rights they need because they can shop, was not amusing.

In particular, the Young Turks co-host Ana Kasparian, was not amused. She had two choice words for the known misogynist: “fuck you.”

Gutfeld, along with other co-hosts of the show, The Five, went on a rant about the National Organization for Women (NOW), because they had organized a boycott of Rush Limbaugh after he called the Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut and prostitute” for asking her health insurance company to cover contraception.

Kasparian said: “that’s just what Fox News is; they hire clowns to make clownish arguments.”

I agree wholeheartedly with Ms Kasparian and think that this joke might have been funny if the policies of the right-wing in the US were not so wholeheartedly anti-women.

The reason we are not laughing our hineys off to your incredibly sophisticated joke Mr Gutfeld is that the right-wing in the US, of which you are a mouthpiece, has been waging a war on women in many State congresses and the House of Representatives of the federal government.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, over 900 bills to restrict or ban women from receiving life-saving care or the right to choose to have an abortion were introduced by Republican-controlled legislatures throughout states where they hold a majority in 2011 alone.

These bills include restricting insurance coverage for abortion; forcing women to carry dead fetuses to full term; forcing women who wants abortions to undergo unnecessary, painful and degrading vaginal probe ultrasounds, which they have to pay for; giving employers the right to refuse healthcare insurance coverage for women; or giving them the right to ask why female employees are using contraception.

Currently, at the federal level, Republicans are fighting to overturn the Violence Against Women Act that is due for renewal, citing budget restraints.

They have also been fighting to stop all forms of funding for organizations that provide affordable reproductive healthcare to underprivileged women. The list goes on and on.

So when a clown like you say clownish things that are not even funny and also sexist, misogynistic, chauvinistic and improper, women do not laugh, nor even grin like your bald-faced female co-hosts, but actually shout “fuck you!”

You deserved more than this insult but I don’t think you have the capacity to get it, so I’ll leave it at that and thank you Ana Kasparian.

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