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‘War against women’ lurks everywhere

Women protest GOP candidate Rick Santorum. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

These days, it’s absolutely au courant for Democrats to say that GOP proposals are “bad for women.” This, of course, squares neatly with the current Dem talking points. Rep. Paul Ryan’s new budget? Bad for women! Opposition to the Violence Against Women Act? Bad for women! (OK, some arguments are easier to make than others.)

But Democrats clearly missed some opportunities this week in pointing out how Republican-sponsored measures were injurious to the XX chromosomes amongst us. Here’s how two bills the House adopted this week were secretly harmful to all of ladykind:

— The Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act, or H.R. 665, is aimed at selling off unused government buildings and land. But what Republicans didn’t tell you is that inside each of these federal buildings are ... women’s restrooms.

So basically, the new law reduces the number of bathroom facilities for women, even as women become an even larger part of the federal workforce. Why, that’s a strike against potty parity!

— The Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act, H.R. 4086, is designed to make it easier for foreign countries to loan American museums artwork or other pieces.

This is clearly just terrible for women artists abroad, who are struggling to make a name for themselves in their home countries, and can hardly afford to have their work shipped to the U.S. Again, bad for women!

And we suppose we don’t even need to point out that all the bills the House approved this week were sponsored by men.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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