She's Always A Woman To Me

It Is Like This Chick Suing The Family Research Council Thinks She Shouldn’t Have To Be Harrassed On The Job

Sure, there’s a war on women (but it’s more like a no-fly zone on women, no?), but why isn’t anyone paying attention to that other catastrophic American culture war -the war by women. It’s bad enough that young boys suffer as casualties when women of all ages insist on assaulting traditional American gender roles, but how will our once wholesome culture fare when even it’s finest institutions lose immunity against your Jezebel types? What if the field of combatants widens, and it isn’t just Jezebel types getting all uppity, and you’re even at risk of attack at your awesome Conservative Advocacy Group by the same woman you employed to silence all the sausage-fest jokes? WHAT IF THIS ISN’T A WHAT IF!?!?!?!?!?

“According to court documents first obtained and reported by journalist Evan Gahr, former FRC employee Moira Gaul, 42, filed a complaint in 2009 with the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission in which she accused her supervisor of gender discrimination. She claimed that her boss, the director of the Center for Human Life and Bioethics at the time, referred to the use of birth control pills as “whoring around,” addressed emails to her with the words “hi cutie,” pressured her to attend parties, and referred to her as a “young, attractive woman.”

One day you’re on top of the world, loving your life running the Center for Human Life and Bioethics for the Family Research Council (great pay and it isn’t research intensive AT ALL), and then you show up at work the next morning to an ugly complaint thrust in your face just because you were trying to get a cutie to do her best work. As if the complaint wasn’t enough, you find you’re facing a sexual harassment lawsuit. And the worst part is YOU GAVE HER A JOB AFTER ALL, even though it’s basically a made up position because, come on, Director of Women’s and Reproductive Health at the Family Research Council? Still, you’d expect a little more respect. Sadly, our cultural landscape has changed, probably for the worse if men are no longer allowed to warn a cutie now and then of how dangerous her “whore pills” can be without getting accused of sexual harassment.

The harassment lawsuit itself was settled in 2009, the same year FRC employee Moira Gaul brought her gender discrimination complaint to the D.C Human Rights Commission. That would make this story old news if it weren’t for frightening new powers obtained by women; now Gaul is suing the FRC because – and Yr. Wonkette was surprised to discover this – apparently you aren’t even allowed to fire a woman anymore when she makes a fuss over….over…what was it they did to her again? It’s hard to focus when there’s cuties out there right this second calling names and cracking skulls. The injustice!

“Gaul and her attorney, Shannon Stokes, are currently suing the FRC for illegally retaliating against her. The suit claims that Gaul had received excellent reviews and no reprimands at the FRC up until she filed the gender discrimination complaint. Then, three months after she was fired, abstinence funding continued to the FRC, and the organization “created a new position with duties substantially similar to those previously performed by Ms. Gaul.”

Yes, the old days are gone. It used to be possible to pat a tush here and there without any consequences, and then you could do it as long as you got rid of the ones who started squawking about it, and now…this. No tush pats. No condescending wink and a smile. No recourse for the troublemakers.

Is America changing? Yes. For the worse? Of course! But Yr. Wonkette suggests you at least get a decent seat on this ship if it’s going to sink. Say something nice to a female coworker today (not about her butt, not about her butt, not about her butt). Offer to rehire the nice gal you let go because she only ever wanted to count inventory whenever you told her you “needed her in the supply room.” And give your son, if you have one, a hug tonight – it doesn’t matter what he’s playing with. If you have a daughter, let her know you’re benevolently cancelling her arranged marriage with your business counterpart in Taiwan. It’s better to watch the end coming from the bow of the ship than wait for it in the brig.


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  1. hagajim

    So my only question is – was this legitimate harrassment, because Akin to what I've heard, a cutie's body has ways of shutting down illegitimate harrassment.

  2. viennawoods13

    Well, agreed that on-the-job harassment is a bad thing. But really, she went to work for that organization and expected to be treated like an equal?

  3. SorosBot

    Who could have predicted that a man who heads a subgroup dedicated to opposing equal rights and bodily autonomy for women of a far-right Christian hate group would behave like a total douchebag towards women in private too?

  4. snowpointsecret

    The most shocking thing to me is that the Family Research Council seems to be surprised that this is a big deal.

    1. malsperanza

      Rightwing fundies are eternally surprised by everything. Unless it's in that one book they read. Atlas Shrugged no, the other one.

      1. sewollef

        Struggling to think of the other book you must mean. The only one that comes to mind is the obvious one: Anne of Green Gables.

        It's the only other work of non-fiction I've read. Ever.

  5. Not_So_Much

    I'm not sure she has a case under the well-established precedent of "Herman Cain says if you really want this job you better start blowing Herman Cain in the front seat of Herman Cain's car!"

  6. Lascauxcaveman

    I thought they always liked it when I patted them on the butt.

    [/removes last season of Mad Men from Netflix queue]

  7. Barbara_

    Well at least her boss didn't send her a memo saying, "Blow jobs are like flowers for men, ya know" on Boss's Day.

    1. Baconzgood

      Um… are cute….and you don't have to "whore around". You are a sexually liberated woman and can come to my place and drink a box of wine with me if you decide to. I can cook. Then we will make love.

      Its all about the phrasing. Us liberals can get in pants quicker because we don't mention the faalful until your already nakid and buzzed.

    1. Geminisunmars

      In numbers too big to ignore

      You know – the lyrics to the rest of this don't even have to be changed to make it fit.

    2. TootsStansbury

      Ha! When I was a bratty adolescent we sang "I'm a woman I'm a whore, sell my body door to door".

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        There's a little Weird Al in all of us, I think. Only it tends to be a lot more R-rated than Al could ever go on his public releases. (Though I bet he's got a whole vault of absolutely filthy song parodies squirreled away somewhere.)

  8. snowpointsecret

    Next thing you know, women won't even be expected to wear high heels in some places! Our gender norms are completely disappearing!

          1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

            When a Mommy and a Daddy love each other very much, God reaches down and places his finger in the Mommy's stomach. The Daddy then puts his penis in the Mommy, and God is so horrified he jerks out, leaving part of his finger nail in the Mommy, which through its godly power changes into a baby.

  9. Mahousu

    "her boss, the director of the Center for Human Life and Bioethics"

    See, that's the thing. He was so busy with bioethics that he had no time for ordinary ones. (Though he was pretty bad at bioethics, too. And even worse on human life.)

  10. Crank_Tango

    If there is one thing I have learned, it's never tell a woman she is young and attractive. A whorey whore on the pill, fine, but never young and attractive.

    1. Tequila Mockingbird

      What, you don't remember that part in the New Testament when Jesus referred to Mary Magdalene as "Sugar Tits"?

      1. SuspectedDemocrat

        "And lo, Abraham did place his visage betwixt her funbags and sayeth unto them, BLUBLUBLUBLUB — and verily the Lord looked upon the motorboating and saw that it was good."

    2. actor212

      Unless she's over forty and you're over fifty. Then it's mandatory.

      Of course, you're not supposed to know she's over forty, so you may end up with egg on your face anyway.

  11. Tequila Mockingbird

    The Family Research Council was founded by George Alan Rekers. They have LOADS of credibility!

    Also, I haz a sad that Wonkette referenced both HuffPo and Jezebel in one post. I– I thought this was a safe place.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Now, now. There's nothing wrong with HuffPo and Jezzie. Except their commenters. And most of their writers.

    1. gullywompr

      And you can't get them to dress up in those sexy Nazi uniforms and beat you with a warm squash or something.

  12. DahBoner

    "No condescending wink and a smile."

    But how will the office babes put "Grandpa" in his place then???

    1. SorosBot

      A Cutie Mark on a human woman would be an ass tattoo, which sounds a little more trashy and less cute.

  13. MaxNeanderthal

    "She totally shoud've expected her boss to behave like this, 'cos we are the FRC after all, guddammit" So she shouldn't sue their asses off, because, hey it's the FRC. The circular logic will disappear up it's own fundamental orifice here…

  14. OneYieldRegular

    This sounds like the kind of job and workplace where one could succeed in filing a discrimination suit even before submitting an application.

  15. Tequila Mockingbird

    So, a misogynist group that advocates treating women like chattel turns out to contain people who treat women like chattel? Color me shocked.

  16. Baconzgood

    Director of Reproductive Health? More like Director of After You're Done Fixin' My Bacon Sandwich Fetch Me a Beer and Come and Slob My Knob. Am I right fellas or am I right?

  17. Joshua Norton

    referred to the use of birth control pills as “whoring around,” addressed emails to her with the words “hi cutie,” pressured her to attend parties, and referred to her as a “young, attractive woman".

    Hmmm. Sociopathic movement hack is sociopathic. Whooda thunk it?

  18. Tundra Grifter

    "It’s better to watch the end coming from the bow of the ship than wait for it in the brig."

    Words to live by, right there! You betcha!

  19. CrunchyKnee

    I can really do some damage to some cuties. What? I'm talking about those little citrus fruit orangey things.

  20. Doktor Zoom

    Wake me when the Log Cabin Republicans get sued for discriminating against gays…and has the suit tossed because sexual preference is not protected in that jurisdiction.

  21. docterry6973

    The Center for Human Life and Bioethics at the Family Research Council? What do they do? It's not like the FRC has an evolving ethical position on anything. They haven't had a new idea since the Thirty Year's War.

  22. elviouslyqueer

    Say something nice to a female coworker today (not about her butt, not about her butt, not about her butt).

    Oh please. As a gay, I am totally allowed (nay, commanded) to talk about female coworkers nether regions. And their shoes. And their accessories. And their hair.

    It's what we in the trade call "Other duties as assigned."

    1. ProgressiveInga

      And as a tall lesbo, it's written in my job description to move heavy boxes from the top shelf and put furniture together.

  23. Rotundo_

    Well here is to hoping she pastes these idiots back and then some. The conservative movement in general needs a good lesson in manners and professional conduct, and the only way to administer it effectively seems to be a choice of making them pay large amounts of money for being assholes, or smacking them deftly with a Louisville Slugger in the forehead. Money hurts them more than the bat incidentally…

  24. Dashboard Buddha

    OT, but I am not making this up. One of my friends on FB…a dude whose dad was one of my English teachers back in the day ( great guy btw) said

    "By your same rational…if the mere possessing of a gun makes you a killer…what does that make a woman with a vagina?"

    To which I asked, "wtf?" To which he replied:

    "f mere possession of a gun makes a man a killer, the same rational of a woman with a vagina would make her a prostitute."

    I wish I was making this up.

    1. Dashboard Buddha

      Hindsight is 20/20…

      "what does that make a woman with a vagina?"

      The thing you only got to see once in your life. You should call your mother and thank her.

    2. viennawoods13

      You would think that if his dad was an English teacher he could spell "rationale" correctly.

      Wait… I'm an English teacher and I bet that neither of my sons can.

      Never mind.

      1. Dashboard Buddha

        Or "Sogenitzen" for Solzhenitsyn. Granted, I don't think anyone outside of Alex's immediate family knows how to spell the name, but dammit…that's what the Internet if for.

    3. SayItWithWookies

      Really — why can just any woman have a vagina? They ought to be given out only to those who've proved they can use them responsibly.

      Of course, under a system like that he probably wouldn't be getting his dick anytime soon either.

    1. SorosBot

      And what was she doing going to work instead of pumping out babies and making her husband sammiches like a good Christian doormat woman?

  25. Botlrokit

    Moira, don't shit where you eat. Even if it gets cleaned up, another animal will pee there later, anyway.

    I am not saying that she should have endured it. I am saying that the F. R. C. was a hypocritical group that proved they would walk over her. What's the point of remaining with a group as hateful as that, anyway?

    Let some poor Xtian woman who agrees with that shit do their dirty work. Take your integrity and dignity, and get the fuck out.

  26. Joshua Norton

    Center for Human Life and Bioethics

    Obviously a made up title so her boss could write off his "Girls Gone Wild" videos that he reviews every night for “research”.

  27. mrpuma2u

    Hey, she was asking for it? Nah, jury won't buy that. She's a trouble maker, yeah that's it. She uh, wasn't any good at her job, tried to get by on her looks, yeah that's the ticket.

  28. Baconzgood

    I don't know what's that photograph is, why its being done, or the context in which it was taken but for some reason I know that every male wonker's knees flinched together when they saw it.

    (This comment is 100% free)

    1. zippy_w_pinhead

      I'm thinking if she swings that sledge hammer hard enough his head pops off, rings a bell 10 feet over their heads and she wins a stuffed animal of her choice…

      1. not that Dewey

        Hey — it won't let me reply on your other comment, so congratulations! I got my bachelor's at the age of 37. It's not easy being a "non-traditional student".

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Yeah, I thought it was some kind of karate demonstration, like when the guy breaks a board or somethin'.

  29. orygoon

    I wonder if she stayed with them long enough to know who was bonking whom, who got his g/f an abortion because "our situation is special, not like all those slutty girls", and who's in the closet. I'd be her BFF if she'd tell me. (Or better yet, the press.)

  30. zippy_w_pinhead

    the Center for Human Life and Bioethics at the FRC?

    sounds about as useful as the Center for Vegan Culinary techniques at Tony Roma's

  31. rickmaci

    I know I should be more empathetic but I am having a hard time with her working for that bunch of Neanderthals and then her being surprised she ended up as Chick-feel-Up at lunchtime.

  32. starfanglednut

    Completely OT, but as of tonight, starfanglednut is a college graduate!

    Due to various circumstances, it took her 32 years to get this degree, so she is very excited!

    1. bobbert

      Congratulations, indeed. Did you ace the mandatory Humility course?

      Really, that's great. You deserve to be proud.

        1. Geminisunmars

          Good on you! Hope you can help guide us out of this environmental mess. We need fucking liberals just like you. And writers.Sent from my iPad

    2. gullywompr

      Yay, now you can start a career in getting patted on the tushie and called "cutie". But snark off – Congratulations.

    3. Dudleydidwrong

      Wonderful. Welcome to the elite club of unemployed people with initials after their last names. (Hopefully that won't be the case for you. And keep on learnin'!)

    4. ProgressiveInga

      Congrats on that edumakayshun! Are you going to the beer blast at the student union to celebrate? Me neither, but great job!

    5. GeorgiaBurning

      Congratulations! The letters after the name don't mean you're smart, but they give you a better chance to prove it!

    6. LibertyLover

      Sometimes the longest road to a destination is the best. Congratulations on an excellent adventure and a brand new beginning!

    7. BadKitty904

      VIVA!!!! You are now, officially, Smart!

      Joshing aside, heartiest congrats!!! I hope to be a college grad when I grow up, so this is very inspiring. Again, well done, mam!!!

  33. calliecallie

    There is an important career lesson here. Just because a job has an interesting title, doesn't make it a good job. Use it for that part of the interview when they want you to ask a few meaningless questions at the end to show them that you're really interested:

    So…in this position, I would be the Director of Reproductive Health. Whose reproductive health would that be, exactly?

  34. Callyson

    Gaul "has sought work with numerous conservative organizations since her dismissal, but remains unemployed despite an impressive resume."

    Shocking…,just shocking: a woman stands up for herself and the wingnuts turn on her. Who knew?

    1. corthylio

      She'll eventually get a job with the Society for the Preservation of Political Incorrectness just because they'll get tired of turning her down week after week…

  35. chascates

    Anyone who takes a job with the Family Research Council can expect to get fucked one way or another.

  36. GhostBuggy

    I, for one, am shocked and appalled at the behavior of the FRC. I mean, the woman was neither a prostitute nor a man! Aren't the sex scandals usually in one of those two categories for this crowd?

  37. poorgradstudent

    True story: when I was desperately poor and unemployed, I almost took a job at Liberty University. Needless to say, as a gay man this would not have been optimal. Also getting fired out of hand would have actually been the best thing to happen, if half the rumors of all the "men of the closet" working at Liberty I've heard are true.

  38. mormos

    "If you have a daughter, let her know you’re benevolently cancelling her arranged marriage with your business counterpart in Taiwan."

    But the Mormos/Xiangzhe merger will increase fourth quarter profits and nearly double earning potential!

  39. feminazipenishrinker

    Given my current display name, I am obligated to post in this thread.

    pew. pew. pew. pew. pew, fuckers.

  40. ttommyunger

    Serves her right, coming to work with tits, vaggie and all. You just know she brought it all with her day in and day out.

  41. Jukesgrrl

    Youse guys are missing the best part of the story. The FRC laidee in question was responsible for "abstinence research." Paid for with your Federal tax dollars! (Apparently all the Palins were busy forming babbies.)

    She might be the victim of sex discrimination, but WE were getting fucked by HER. President Obama might have had OBL put to death, but apparently doesn't see the need to eliminate the Bush Administration's White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. So they're still fusing Church and State (under a slightly edited name), passing out Federal grants to organizations like the Family Research Council. Supposedly doing work no existing Federal employee is qualified to do.

    An organization the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a Hate Group is in the business of privatized social work. Convincing America's youth that chastity rings are a substitute for condoms. Babbies for everyone!! But don't expect any Federal moniez to help you raise your babby once it pops out. Tell it to join the Army.

  42. Negropolis

    Yes, but is she a young and attractive cutie? The people deserve to know! This thread is worthless without pictures.

  43. Antispandex

    Well, I'm no legal expert or anything, but if she is 42 and from D.C. and he called her a "young attractive woman", I'm pretty sure there was fraud involved there. Somewhere. I mean….I guess it's possible she isn't FROM D.C. Could be from some beach town somewhere, but still, 42? Young? Really?

    1. Negropolis

      You are not going to ingratiate yourself with the wimmenfolk around here with that kind of talk, buddy. lol You do have some kind of idea of the average age around here, don't you? Just say that they are "cougariffic" and cut your loses and call it a day. lol

    2. DocChaos

      Well, 42 may be a little old for the schoolgirl outfit, but it's just about right for the headmistress one. I mean, if your into that sort of thing.

  44. subsum

    I must confess I didn't read the article. All I have to say is that the chick with the sledgehammer on the picture has a nice ass and that, provided the face is passable, I would hit that. Just sayin'.

  45. MiniMencken

    Wow. My mother wanted to go to medical school to be a doctor in 1932. She never told me about this requirement. Ended up being a laboratory technician as medical school required a seven year-long residency in the Congo, with all of those mosquitoes and guinea worms and tse-tse flies buzzing around. (No snark) (But, per my mother and (much) older sister, the men were hugely more creepy back then.

  46. rebeccavegas

    This reminds me that I want to make a complaint about sexual harassment where I work (I've been called "cutie" one too many times!) but I don't know my legal rights so I haven't.

  47. chascates

    Marco Rubio To Hannity: Even If You Raise Taxes On The Rich By 100 Percent, It Won’t ‘Solve Anything’

    I say we do that for a decade or three just to see what happens.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Perhaps we can steal an idea from Rousseau/Aerosmith/Motorhead/Krokus, and eat the rich, instead of taxing them.

  48. chascates

    Fortunately Congress is finally doing something to try to explain this horrible tragedy and do justice to the deaths that resulted. Yes, hearings are being held today on the Benghazi slaughter.

  49. Rebootably_Joe

    So on one hand, I do admit that some part of me was thinking, "As a woman, does one really work for a right-wing theocratic hate group without expecting some level of sex discrimination, if not harassment? That's like me, a multiracial, vaguely bilingual brown, taking a job at American Rennaissance." Not in a "she was asking for it" sort of way, because nobody actually deserves that sort of shit, but, come on.

    But then I remembered that FRC, like most other theocratic hate groups that are inexplicably given credibility by the media, loves to try to be a bunch of disengenuous twats and dress up their hate as "family values", so it actually does stand to reason that someone might not have known what they were getting into there. If they came up with a less honest name to go with that abbreviation, like Fascists Reappropriating Christianity, then maybe they wouldn't have had as big a problem.

  50. Mumbletypeg

    Might as well face it. We're being kept here waiting until *someone* orders a tee shirt or undies from the bazaarplace. Even as I notice "Impatient" is an anagram of "panties" + …

  51. DocChaos

    Not to get into the particulars of this case, but when you sue your boss and win a legal judgement against them, it shouldn't be that surprising that he or she might find a reason to let you go. Unless you're in one of those socialistic unions designed to protect insubordinate employees.

    As to the "whoring around" on birth control pills comment. That's kind of like going to work for PETA and being shocked at hearing your boss say that "meat is murder".

  52. DesertTed

    You mean birth control pills are not for whoring around?

    And I'd better stop calling some of the guys I work with "STUD". They'll probably take it the wrong way. Of course, men aren't as sensitive to such things as women since we're not on the rag half the time.

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