Women and the Art of Reason

My husband, the fisherman, sent me this story that has probably been wending its way online for a while. I share it here again in the light of the unseemly determination by too many men in power to police and diminish women’s rights.

One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.
Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman:

‘Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?’
‘Reading a book,’ she replies, (thinking, ‘Isn’t that obvious ? ‘)
‘You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,’ he informs her.

‘I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.’
‘Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.’

’For reading a book?’ she asks.

‘You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,’ he informs her again.
’I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.’
‘Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.’
’If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,’ says the woman.

‘But I haven’t even touched you,’ says the Game Warden.
’That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.’
‘Have a nice day, ma’am,’ and he left.

MORAL : Never argue with a woman who reads. It’s likely she can also think.

Yup. Politicians for whom mandated, invasive transvaginal ultrasounds are the newest instrument of domination might take their cue from this little story.  Women will fight back. No means No. At the ballot box too.

To the church leaders who have yet to find anything worthy of public reproach in the legislative assault on women’s healthcare in state after state by conspicuous Christian politicians: your silence speaks volumes. You give “consubstantial” new meaning.

More broadly: to the women who don’t want government to make healthcare for all as accessible here as it is in other developed countries: don’t take anyone’s word for it.  Check it out yourself. Yes, it’s a big, unwieldy law.

But Jonathan Gruber has made a messy subject easy to understand–in a comic book!  Read it or watch the video and see if you still hope to see the Affordable Healthcare Act dismantled and lose all the protections and access it makes possible for you and your family.

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