The choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence for Donald Trump’s vice-president is making more and more sense every day. Not only is he an openly declared bigot,is just as prone to corruption as Trump is, and shares Trump’s horrendously offensive views of women, we can now add paranoid conspiracist to their list of shared traits.
During his time as a right-wing radio host, Mike Pence decried the animated Disney film “Mulan” for being the work of some “mischievous liberal to influence the debate on women in the military.”
In case you are not familiar with the critically acclaimed film, it tells the story of a young Chinese girl who steals her father’s conscription orders and joins the Imperial Army, disguised as a man, to keep her elderly father from harm. Pence wrote in an op-ed that:
“Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts. Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military.
I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan’s story will cause a quiet change in the next generation’s attitude about women in combat and they just might be right. (Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)”
Unfortunately, this astonishing show of offensive sexism is par for the course among Republicans these days, not to mention their ridiculous penchance for seeing liberal conspiracies in every shadow.
One simply should ask the fearless women of the Kurdish YPG, who endure the same rigorous training their male peers do before taking the fight directly to Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), if their ingenuity and courage are enough for them to be capable fighters.
While a coward like Mike Pence closes his borders to women and children fleeing unimaginable violence, women in militaries across the world risk their lives every day fighting for their countries, and they deserve the same respect that their male peers do. They certainly don’t deserve to have their courage disparaged by a man so terrified of independent women and LGBT Americans that he’s spent his whole political career stripping away their rights.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.