Today’s really stupid comment comes from Tennessee’s Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. Duncan who explained his opposition to the Violence Against Women Act.
Duncan explained that every bill has a “motherhood and apple-pie title,” which is true. Oftentimes, the titles don’t even relate to the substance of the bill.
This bill fits into that category somewhat. Basically, it provides legal assistance and counseling to victims of domestic violence, plus specialized training for police officers on how to handle domestic violence situations.
However, the bill isn’t just protecting women, but men too. That is where the problem begins for a lot of Congressmembers. The problem for them is not about protecting a woman being beaten up by a man, but that gays and lesbians are protected as well. Duncan took a slightly different angle. For Duncan, protecting women from domestic violence is important. Men? Not so much so. In Duncan’s mind, men can handle that.
“Like most men, I’m more opposed to violence against women than even violence against men. Because most men can handle it a little better than a lot of women can,” Duncan claimed.
So in Duncan’s mind women are tender, charming beings who don’t have enough testosterone to take a good beating. If Duncan could experience giving birth, he probably would have a different view on the toughness of the sexes.
Whether Duncan is concerned about protecting gays or if he is just an old-fashioned sexist isn’t important. Whatever he is thinking, he isn’t realizing that all people deserve protection from domestic violence. Yet in Duncan’s world, domestic violence is only when a man slaps a woman around. Duncan would make a fine Congressman…for the 1950s.