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Doonesbury Comic Series Highlights Virginia’s Attack on Women

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Today the comic strip Doonesbury kicks off a series lampooning attacks on women that started in Virginia and have spread to states like Georgia and Texas. The series will call out a state-mandated transvaginal ultrasound before pregnancy termination for what it is – a “10-inch shaming wand.” I can only hope ringleaders like Gov. Bob McDonnell are called out by name.

As the Washington Post reports, several newspapers like The Oregonian, the Gainesville Sun and the Ocala Star-Banner have decided not to carry the strip. Well, even if their readers won’t be exposed to the absurdity of Republican attacks on women, they’ll learn that if you want someone to stand up for the First Amendment, you can’t trust corporate media giants like Oregonian owner Advance Publications to do it for you.

UPDATE: OrangeDem reports the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star has also refused to run this cartoon.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Virginia also made Kathleen Parker’s column today, where she notes that Democrats have been handed a gift-wrapped issue by Republican overreach and the stupidity of people like Rush Limbaugh:

    “Virginia’s pre-abortion sonogram law that could have included a transvaginal probe; the religious liberty versus contraception mandate…Rush Limbaugh’s commentary about a female law student in which he called her a slut, a prostitute and…suggested she provide him sex tapes so he could watch her…Individually, these anecdotes would have been problematic, but combined they’ve had the effect on women voters of a Tyrannosaurus Rex approaching a Gallimimus herd.” (Stampede away)

    We need to keep in mind that she’s a conservative columnist and Republican. What irony that women’s issues and male insistence on controlling women may cost the GOP big time this election. I sure hope so.

  • ir003436

    I thought “No Jobs Bob” was a shoo-in for VP — did I miss something?!?!?!?

  • OrangeDem

    They claim some of the language is inappropriate for a family newspaper. What a steaming pile. It’s the same language in the daily front page stories they publish featuring Virginian Republicans attacks on women.

    They also refer the reader to doonesbury.com for the strip. Now there’s a brilliant business model. You have a willing paying customer like me who still prefers seeing the comics in print then you stop showing the content and refer the user to a free source.

    No wonder newspapers are failing.

  • kindler

    …on the one hand, conservatives (including Gov. McVaginal) are desperate to push this and other legislation through, but on the other hand, they want to squelch all discussion about it.  It’s a thoroughly undemocratic instinct — impose oppressive rules, hope nobody notices, and call the SWAT teams if any ladies protest.