[Content Note: Domestic violence; cis- and heterocentrism; white privilege.]
"When you start to make this about other things it becomes an 'against violence act' and not a targeted focus act… I didn't like the way it was expanded to include other different groups."—Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn, on why she voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, explicitly stating what we already knew—that her garbage party objects to extending protections to people other than white cis female citizens in different-sex relationships.
Blackburn further noted: "What you need is something that is focused specifically to help the shelters and to help out law enforcement, who is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women and helping them to stand up." Ha ha is that what anti-violence advocates do? Help victims of violence to "stand up," because the reason we've been victimized is because we're so darn passive?
You know what is passive? The voice used to write perpetrators of violence out of any public discussion, so you end up with verbal diarrhea like "law enforcement...is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women."
Love the idea that there's something objectionable about a broad "against violence act," by the way. Who says the Republican Party isn't interested in job growth? They are very clear about not wanting to put workers at domestic violence shelters and cops/DAs on the domestic violence beat out of work!
My contempt is cavernous.