It's often said that men objectify women by reducing them to one (or more) of their body parts in a sexual fashion. Colorado's Democrat Senator Mark Udall, who is in deep trouble in his re-election bid, is guilty of just such objectification as he desperately tries to woo women voters to save his job.
Udall has made it clear that he intends to make women voters a centerpiece of his campaign. You might think this would mean that Udall is focusing on the record number of women who've been forced to leave the workforce due to the Obama economy, or the number of women who have lost their doctor or their health insurance due to Obamacare, or other matters that are important to women and moms like Common Core or school choice. You would, however, be wrong. To Mark Udall, apparently, women are nothing more than a set of ovaries.
If you drill down into Udall's alleged push to reach women voters, you will see that literally every one of Udall's so-called pro-women initiatives is really just a patronizing and insulting message (especially coming from a male) that real women don't want to have kids. From the LA Times:
Sen. Mark Udall strode into his new Western Slope headquarters last week with a very specific target in mind: women.
In two of the first three television ads aired by his reelection campaign, Udall has hammered his opponent's conservative positions on abortion and past support for Colorado personhood initiatives, which would have changed the state's constitution to protect a person's rights from the point of conception.
Last week, the Supreme Court handed Udall a fresh talking point to motivate female voters, particularly the single women who are so critical for Udall's fellow Democrats in presidential elections but often stay home in midterm contests. It was the first issue he raised with the crowd after walking through the door.
To keep the issue alive, Udall co-sponsored a legislative fix to the Hobby Lobby decision this week, and many of his endangered Democratic colleagues signed on.
Issues like abortion, personhood and birth control don't rank anywhere close to the top of the priority list for most female voters, but Udall and other vulnerable Democrats hope that a decisive number of women in hotly-contested states will find their arguments persuasive.
The idea that Mark Udall cares about women in general based on a series of ads and legislative pushes that are cynically designed to trumpet the idea that all women care about is not becoming mothers is patronizing, sleazy in the extreme, and indicative of someone whose sole interest in women is their reproductive organs; and even then only to make sure those reproductive organs aren't producing any pesky kids.
The women of Colorado and the country at large deserve better than these blatantly manipulative Democrat attacks that mask the fact that Democrat policies have been harmful to both the economic and physical well-being of women. If Mark Udall wants to show he cares about women, he could start by voting to repeal the President's policies that have damaged the economy and America's healthcare system.