Graham Watkins: GOP dishonors women

February 22, 2013 

GOP dishonors women

It’s strange. With all the problems facing our state in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the Republicans in our legislature can find the time to field a bill that would make it a felony for a woman to expose her chest in public. A felony, with all that implies – possible prison time, loss of rights and a record that’ll likely haunt the woman for the rest of her life – for a nonviolent act that may be nothing more than a youthful prank.

Bobby Jindal has urged Republicans to stop being “the stupid party,” but evidently that message hasn’t reached North Carolina yet. I suppose the next step is to mandate public floggings for failing to wear a head scarf and a veil.

I sometimes hear Republicans wondering why they are losing women’s votes, more and more every election, and how they can reverse this trend. Passing laws targeting them isn’t likely to help.

Graham Watkins, Durham

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