by Jill Miller Zimon

Women’s Bodies in the Body Politic

Is there anything off-limits in this election year when it comes to women and politics? Our bodies certainly have not been off-limits, thanks to Republican nominee for the United States Senate and veteran Congressman Todd Akin, he of the “shut that whole thing down” fame regarding how the female form responds to “legitimate rape” — again, whatever that is. Before that, we had the resurrection of the so-called Mommy Wars after a gaffe by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, who failed to articulate how Ann Romney’s work as a mother of five is a separate though legitimate aspect of how women compare parenthood responsibilities to work-for-pay performed outside the home.

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