In June 2020, a young woman’s tweet, urging Michigan residents not to vote for Republican representative Robert Regan, went viral.
If you’re in Michigan and over 18, for god’s love please don’t vote for my dad for state representation. Tell everyone,” Stephanie Regan wrote on Twitter.
This year, Robert Regan, now poised to win a Michigan House seat, addressed his daughters in a scathing comment that not only highlighted the GOP’s blasphemous attitude to sexual violence education but also emphasizes how fathers can and do, direct the wise of their daughters.
During a Facebook live stream on Sunday, Mr. Regan argued against calls by Republican strategist Amber Harris to drop his bid to overturn the 2020 election, which is certain to fail. lose. Apparently trying to make an analogy, Regan said: “I say to my daughters, ‘Well, if rape can’t be avoided, then just lie back and enjoy it’.”
Truly the father of the daughters.
With this remark, earnestly or not, Regan is using his daughters as political tools in the most ridiculous way.
He is using the specter of sexual violence – a real and constant threat to his daughters, as well as to all women – to embarrass himself. While no one knows if this was intentional, it appears that Regan’s comment about the rape was a reaction to a woman, as if gender horror would strengthen his argument. ta. It doesn’t matter if this is real advice he gives his children.
Using images of his daughters raped to explicitly compare them to Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory is grossly sexist.
The men – often Republican men in the act of apologizing – repeatedly cited their daughters as proof of their empathy for women, as if fathers didn’t. can be sexist with their daughter; as if fatherhood itself prevents error.
The phrase “Father of daughters…” is so common that it has become a cliché. However, the parent-child relationship can be the place where deviance is felt first and most profoundly.
Authoritarian fathers who seek to control their teenage daughters’ sexuality is a pop-culture joke, while favoring boys over daughters is an ancient global tradition.
But not all daughters have the courage or the means to openly protest, as Regan’s daughters have done.
Regan tried to clarify his statement with Grand Rapids Press on Monday, said he was just trying to tell you to never stop fighting, even if the outcome seemed inevitable and he wasn’t trying to pull off a rape joke.
“Most people feel like the election has been stolen from them, which is similar to how they feel,” he said.
“And I don’t want to equate a stolen election with being raped – that’s not my point – but they feel very breached of trust at the moment. Very infringing”.
Men who do incorrect rape analogies are also not a new phenomenon.
Pennsylvania State Representative Russ Diamond compared the vaccination duty to rape.
In 2016, Donald Trump accused China of “rape” the United States.
Rush Limbaugh once gave a lengthy example of rape to protest against film reform.
What makes Regan special is that he has sought to combine two sexist games into one, using rape violence as a rhetorical tool while asserting himself as “the father of daughters.” “.
Fortunately for his daughters, they now seem to be beyond his advice or control. In his response to her 2020 tweet, Regan suggested that his daughter was indoctrinated by her “socialist” college. But in her own follow-up tweet, Stephanie said upbringing really was at home.
“This is what I was raised!!” she writes. “It’s taken years of educating yourself and feeling proud to have different beliefs, it’s still hard… ask yourself if your beliefs are really yours, or are they carried out by an authority figure?”
Regan’s deviant comments appear to be unacceptable to his daughters.
Instead, he sees his daughters as instrumental in supporting these comments – ironically, the very nature of misogyny. (© Independent News Service)
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