Abortion Barbie Is Not For Sale

Fox News contributor Erick Erickson is an absolute dog, but he’s no one-trick pony. He supported Todd Akin’s totally harmless claims that nobody gets pregnant from “legitimate rape;” he kindly directed Twitter followers to a coat hanger wholesale site after SB5 passed in Texas; he even showed off his feminist theory knowledge by referring to the first night of the DNC in 2012 as a showing of “The Vagina Monologues.” And now, Erickson either has a very misguided deal with Mattel, or a lot of explaining to do.

Erickson was among a group of reporters at the National Press Club, where Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was asked, yet again, to distinguish between Kermit Gosnell’s crimes and legal abortion practices. Unsatisfied with Davis’ response, Erickson took to the Twittersphere, where he produced this:

Let’s get one thing straight off the bat. Calling any woman “Barbie,” no matter what adjective or career comes before it, is undeniably sexist. Barbie isn’t even designed to stand on her own. You know who can stand? Wendy Davis. She did it for 13 hours to fight for what she believes in. To call Davis “Barbie” is to intentionally dehumanize her, to turn her into a little poseable doll that can’t call Erickson on his sexism.

But adding Abortion Barbie into the mix is a doll of a different color. By focusing his attention there, Erickson isn’t making a grand statement about Davis’ position on reproductive rights. All he’s doing is proving how little he’s cared to research the subject of his own reporting. Is abortion Davis’ issue? One of them, sure. But because she’s a woman he disagrees with, Erickson thinks he can write her off as a plastic mold of a politician.

Erick Erickson can keep tweeting; we can’t stop him from having opinions. It would just be nice if those opinions weren’t extremely sexist.


Published by Katie Hegarty on 08/06/2013

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