Santorum: Still bad for women

By Ryan Sims on
February 14, 2012

Would it be better for the nation’s collective mental health to just not think about Rick Santorum? Um, yes.

But this is a guy who is a serious competitor for the Republican Presidential nomination. He’s carried four states through the primary season so far and he’s polling right with Mitt Romney nationwide. Serious competitor; seriously scary.

More than a few of Santorum’s (very poorly conceived) thoughts about women and families have given us more than enough reasons to listen up -- mental health be damned -- because his views are absurdly out of line. And these views prove that he’s got exactly zero qualms with the notion of women as second-class citizens. We’ve looked through Rick’s terrifying statements before, so let’s get started on today’s installment of the saga of Santorum-induced insanity.

The Washington Post relayed some of his worst and/or most mind-boggling assertions. Some come from a book he wrote, some from recent interviews, none fail to impart the crazy.

  • A college education is not a cost-effective way to help low-income single mothers “move up the economic ladder.”
  • “Respect for stay-at-home mothers has been poisoned by a toxic combination of the village elders’ war on the traditional family and radical feminism’s misogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect.”
  • “Radical feminists have been making the pitch that justice demands that men and women be given an equal opportunity to make it to the top in the workplace.”
  • He believes that women should not be serving combat roles in the military. Because it “could be a very compromising situation.” Because they would pose a sexual distraction. Because sex is definitely the first thought of people who are being shot at.
  • And in one of the most insulting statements, well, ever, in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Santorum declared that women who have become pregnant after being raped should “make the best out of a bad situation.”
  • Just a reminder, Rick. It might be making us shudder and head to the medicine cabinet, but we’re paying attention to what you say, and these kinds of things won't get you off the hook anytime soon.

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