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Tea Party Leader Dick Armey’s Piggish Ways With Women

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 30, 2013

I was reading the first page of this article on Poor Widdle Rich Boy Dick Armey’s being booted as chief mouthpiece for the FreedomWorks piece of the Big-Business-financed Astroturf called “the Tea Party” when this passage stopped me cold:

It was 1983, and Dick Armey needed a new job. He had once been happy at North Texas State University, whose faculty he had joined in 1972. He began economics classes by reciting: “Armey’s Axiom Number One: The market’s rational; the government’s dumb.” He spun dry academic concepts into engaging lessons—using, for example, Al Capone’s crime syndicate to explain market-sharing cartels. Students voted Armey their favorite professor.

By the early 1980s, though, North Texas State’s campus in Denton was growing increasingly liberal and politically correct, and Armey felt out of place. “I had to get out of there,” he says.

So Dick Armey says “political correctness” drove him from academia to politics. Is that his euphemism for the fact that a growing number of female students were complaining about what they considered his grabassery and the fear that he would not grade their papers fairly if they didn’t submit to his advances?

From Miriam Rozen’s 1995 Dallas Observer article on the subject (h/t Salon):

Susan Aileen White, who earned her master’s in economics from North Texas in 1976, says she took offense at what she regarded as Armey’s inappropriate behavior with female students. Armey often flirted with undergraduate women before and after class, she says. Two other economics graduate students at the time, Anna Weniger, now an economist for the New Mexico legislature, and Anne Marie Best, now an economics professor at Lamar
University, echo those complaints.

Weniger is now the mother of two. But at the time she studied at North Texas, she was an attractive single woman in her early 20s. She had contact with Armey as a graduate student in the economics department. She recalls that Armey’s behavior toward her was “inappropriate.” She says she does not remember the details of what Armey said or did. But she left the university for several months beginning in the spring of 1976, partly because of Armey’s behavior. (She also says she was distraught because her father was ill and her parents were going through a divorce.) Her mother confirms that her daughter left school abruptly, citing problems she had with a “Professor
Armey,” and considered not going back. Weniger recalls she complained to a fellow student about Armey. The colleague conferred with a professor in the economics department, Bullock Hyder, now deceased. Weniger recalls speaking to Hyder on her telephone from her mother’s home in New Jersey and that when she told him about what had happened, he said, “Oh, is that Dick Armey bird-dogging again?”

Armey’s marital history hints that he doesn’t think of women as anything other than objects put on earth for man’s (and especially his) personal use and pleasure. Again, from the Observer article:

Dick and Jeanine Gael Armey had met in college in North Dakota, and married the day he earned his bachelors degree. (She declined to talk about her ex-husband for this story.) She filed first for divorce, citing “discord and conflict of personalities…”

Armey’s brother Charley, who has stayed close with his first wife, says Jeanine Gale, who had a master’s in education and taught school, was “a women’s libber” who didn’t put Armey’s needs first. Armey’s second wife, Susan,
his brother says, is nearly the opposite.

Just in case this wasn’t entirely clear, the article provides the following information:

[E]conomists, including the well-known liberal Harvard professor John Kenneth Galbraith, had referred to housewives as “crypto-slaves,” whose work was undervalued in American society.

In a paper entitled “A Realistic View of the Relative Income Shares of Male and Female Homemakers,” Armey offered a contrarian point of view: that a housewife was overpaid.

The notion that housewives are slave labor is “a complete misrepresentation,” Armey wrote. Because a housewife, in
theory, receives half her husband’s income, she makes out like a bandit, he concluded. After all, half the median income of married couples amounted to more than the “market value” of the hours a homemaker logged as a nursemaid, cook, dishwasher, and laundress, he concluded. Because the theoretical housewife’s husband probably chipped in and performed 25 percent of the household chores, Armey wrote, there was even more reason to believe the woman was overpaid by the measures of the outside world.

Armey conceded his theory ran into a problem when a couple divorced, and the husband-’employer’ abruptly left the housewife in the lurch. “Unfortunately this is the chance she takes when she elects marriage and non-pecuniary employment,” he wrote.

Dick Armey, living up to his name. Remember, this is the guy who, like Henry Hyde, Dan Burton, and Helen Chenoweth had the hypocritical effrontery to get shirty about Bill Clinton’s sex life.

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Honduras: A Deadly Country For Women, And The Coup Hasn’t Helped

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 2, 2012

Honduran murder statistics for women, from the CONADEH report

Following up on Charles’ 08/01 post on Honduras and Mexico, I thought I should mention this from TrustLaw’s Anastasia Moloney:

The number of women murdered in Honduras has more than quadrupled since 2002, the national human rights commission says, with more than 90 percent of the killings going unpunished in the country which has the world’s highest murder rate.

Forty percent of the 3,018 women murdered over the past decade were killed in the last two years, the commision said in a report. In 2010, 36 women were killed on average each month in Honduras. In the first half of this year, that figure rose to 46 – about three women every two days.

The article goes on to state that experts blame the rise on various causes, most notably drug trafficking and general anti-female attitudes, things that have long plagued Honduras. But that doesn’t explain why forty percent of the 3,018 murders of women all occurred within the past two years.

What’s interesting is that the CONADEH report cited by the article doesn’t frame it the way the article implies it did. Instead of stating that “forty percent of the 3,018 women murdered over the past decade were killed in the last two years”, the report, written in Spanish, states it as follows in a passage with the following header:

“41% de las muertes violentas de mujeres se registraron en el gobierno de Pepe Lobo”

In English, that translates as “41% of the violent deaths of women occurred under the government of Pepe Lobo“. In other words, the murders were committed after Manuel Zelaya, the last legitimately elected president of Honduras, was toppled by Lanny Davis’ paymasters and after Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo Sosa won a joke of an election in September November of 2009. This fact is made even more explicit in this passage: “En lo que va de la actual administración del Presidente Porfirio Lobo (2010 – junio 2012) se registró la muerte violenta de 1,228 mujeres, cifra que representa el 41% de los homicidios cometidos desde el 2002.”, which translates as “So far the current administration of President Porfirio Lobo (2010 – June 2012) has recorded the violent deaths of 1,228 women, representing 41% of homicides since 2002.”

One wonders why Ms. Moloney, or her TrustLaw (Thomson Reuters) editors, chose to remove all mention of what the CONADEH report references prominently — namely, the references to Pepe Lobo.

As horrifying as is the sharp rise in the murders of women, it must be noted (as the CONADEH report does) that the murder toll for men is far higher: Of the 16,643 violent deaths in Honduras between 2010 and June 2012, 15.415 (92.62%) were of men while 1,228 (7.38%) were of women.

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GOP: Ann Romney’s A Normal Housewife Whose Hubby Made His Millions Destroying Families

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 12, 2012

From TBogg, we find that conservatives are screeching at Hilary Rosen for telling the truth about Ann Romney. To wit:

“What you have is, Mitt Romney running around the country saying, ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.’ Guess what: his wife has never really worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kind of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future.”

As TBogg says:

Ann Romney came from very comfortable circumstances, married into a wealthy family, and has never had to worry about having to leave the house to work precisely because her husband made a career of purchasing businesses, stripping them of their assets, and putting the employees out of work in return for  exorbitant fees for a job well done. Ann Romney was diagnosed with MS when her sons were 28, 27, 24, 21, and 16 and she was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years later when the boys had presumably moved out and started families and careers on their own, no doubt trading on the family name and connections. And Ann Romney was afforded the best medical care available for her terrible illnesses because her husband made all of that money putting people out of work and undoubtedly many of those same people who lost their livelihoods also lost whatever meager health benefits they might have had when the plant closed down, the pensions were looted  and, in some cases, the town died.

And that is that.

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