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If men got pregnant, they could quit, too!
If men got pregnant, they could quit, too!

Republicans in the South Dakota legislature are really on a tear this year. There was that little brouhaha a week or so back where, after voters passed a strict new ethics law, the Legislature went into emergency session and overturned it, throwing out the independent ethics office the law created, too, because who needs ethics? For good measure, the repeal measure forbade voters from passing any more referenda on ethics as well, to avoid future emergencies. And now eight men on the state House’s Commerce and Energy Committee have voted to kill a bill that would have required employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, because businesses need to be free of burdensome regulations. But it’s not as if they’ve just left pregnant workers with no options at all, because that would be insensitive. Heck no! State Rep. Wayne H. Steinhauer had some very practical workplace advice for women who think they might need accommodations at work for their pregnancies:

It’s not prison. You can quit […] You’ve got a choice every day. You make a choice whether you come to work. And I’m here to tell you, if a person’s not allowing you to breastfeed at work or making appropriate accommodations at work, we can pass this law, but you don’t want to work for that guy. Get the heck out of there.

See? It’s empowerment, ladies! Don’t wait for the legislature to coddle you — go out and demand better treatment, and if you don’t get it, give up, because the legislature isn’t going to insult you by granting you accommodations you can darn well ask for yourselves. We sure hope Samantha Bee can score an interview with Rep. Steinhauer — he seems like the kind of forward-thinking gent who deserves a national spotlight.

The bill, HB 1120, would have required businesses with 50 or more employees to offer pregnant employees “reasonable accommodations,” which was apparently far too unreasonable for the eight mean lads on the committee. After all, how can any business be expected to thrive when the heavy hand of government demands pregnant women be allowed such luxuries as

more frequent or longer breaks, time off to recover from childbirth, adjustment of seating, temporary transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position, job restructuring, private nonbathroom space for breastfeeding, assistance with manual labor, modified work schedules, or any other reasonable request directly related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.

You want that sort of la-di-daa pampering, you might as well just quit! Or as Rep Steinhauer explained, you could ask for it, and then if your boss won’t give it to you, quit to teach ’em a lesson. That’s how the free market works, ladies. If enough pregnant women quit and are replaced by non-pregnant women who’ll do the same work without bitching, then the market will have answered whether women’s womb-fruit are anything the business community needs to be concerned with. Which it isn’t.

According to the Dakota Free Press, the only two women on the committee, Lana Greenfield and Elizabeth May, both Republicans, were “excused” from the hearing, which seems awfully chivalrous of the boys who remained to kill the bill.

ThinkProgress notes that discrimination against pregnant workers is already banned by federal law, but there’s no federal requirement to actually accommodate pregnant women and their disgusting fecund bodies, because Freedom. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have laws requiring accommodations, but South Dakota isn’t about to fall for any of that femi-communist interference in the free market anytime soon. Ladies want equality, they’ll just have to suck it up. You don’t see any men asking for extra bathroom breaks just because they’re going to become daddies, now do you?

[ThinkProgress / Rewire / Dakota Free Press]

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  • Nounverb911

    State Rep. Wayne H. Steinhauer still lives in his mother’s basement, doesn’t he?

  • Anna Rompage

    Lets hope the kid that tRump gets in a twitter war with and unleashes a nuclear assault on, lives in Pierre SD

  • Asterix

    “which was apparently far too unreasonable for the eight mean lads on the committee.”

    Of course – because republican men are fucking assholes.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Of course they are! That’s what closets are all about, Charlie Brown!

  • Martini Ambassador

    Yo know, dumbass SD ledge, if you are too stupid to represent the best interests of your constituents, you can just quit.

  • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

    If the bitches quit who’s going to make the sammiches and bring the coffee? Idiots didn’t think this all the way through.

    • Oblios_Cap

      It’ll be like Galt’s Gulch but with more cannibalism.

      • C4TWOMAN

        Everything should take care of itself, nicely then.

      • So like a realistic Galt’s Gulch.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    And I’m here to tell you, if a person’s not allowing you to breastfeed at work or making appropriate accommodations at work, we can pass this law, but you don’t want to work for that guy. Get the heck out of there.

    Then mom could get unemployment benefits to support herself and her family, right?

    Quitting. If you quit your job, you will be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits unless you had good cause. In general, good cause means that your reason for leaving the position was job-related and was so compelling that you had no other choice than to leave. For example, if you left your job because of dangerous working conditions that your employer refused to remedy, you may be able to collect benefits. You may also be eligible for benefits if you quit for certain compelling personal reasons, including to relocate with a spouse, to escape from domestic abuse, to avoid violating your religious beliefs (but only if your employer refused to accommodate them), or because you would have had to relocate in order to keep the job.

    Nothing in there about pregnancy, is there?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e79fb17ca3f20590db9684728fdea5ee86c9736b7affbb60cbe8c19c74d93a6f.jpg

  • beingreleased

    Statements like these remind me of Rand Paul’s highly intelligent thoughts on the necessity of the Civil Rights Act. It’s that libertarian idea that businesses are only punishing themselves with this kind of discrimination.

  • Oblios_Cap

    And they say there’s a Republican War on Women!

  • dslindc

    I think we can all agree that we really don’t need the Dakotas.

    • TJ Barke

      Give them back to the Lakota.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        But keep the Black Hills, just to let them know we know the score and we aren’t done fucking them over by a damned sight.

    • JMP

      And why the fuck do we need two of them?

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Can we get rid of one of the Carolinas first?

      • Latverian Diplomat

        “So we can have a Republican Senate Majority. You’re Welcome.”
        — Benjamin Harrison

    • mancityRed6

      So, two dakotas become one, and both carolinas become one.
      Then we can let Puerto Rico in and give DC statehood and still keep 50 stars.

      • dslindc

        This is a good plan.

    • Yeah, but nobody else wants them.

  • Count Awesome

    Next up for the South Dakota legislature is to pass a bill stating women need their husbands or fathers permission to leave the kitchen.

    • Oblios_Cap

      And can’t drive!

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Sharia law in all but name.

        • Jack Tenhet

          Well, “a rose by any other name” and whatnot.

    • Oh, let’s not get too ridiculous! How else are they going to bring us our sandwiches!

      • Jack Tenhet

        And our crappy beers.

      • Stulexington

        And do all the grocery shopping?

  • Chadwells

    Was it ND or SD that just repealed the anti-corruption laws?

    • JMP

      Psst: the answer is in the second sentence of this post.

      • Chadwells

        Shit….totally missed it. Facepalm.

        • MynameisBlarney

          HAHAHA!!!

          I’m not the only one! YISSSS!!!

          • Chadwells

            I tried to delete my idiocy and they kept the replies….DAMN IT!!!

          • ViveLaPersistence

            Thereby drawing more attention to it than if you had posted a picture of your pantsless self.

          • anwisok

            And then you MENTIONED IT in a much newer comment, making people – like me – who hadn’t seen it curious and go look for it! Well played, indeed!
            BWAHAHAHHAAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!

          • Chadwells

            LOL!!! I’m a special kind of stupid from time to time!!!

          • Boscoe
      • Chadwells

        Truthfully….I only look at the headline and pictures too.

  • C4TWOMAN

    Since it’s against federal law to discriminate(for now), isn’t this just a stare until someone blinks situation? Sure, the employer can say they won’t accommodate, but then what are they going to do if the preggers wimmiz just do it? Fire her and get sued?

    • beingreleased

      While it seems like a noble protest, I don’t think many women are going to want to just whip out a breast pump at work.
      https://www.hubnames.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/best-breast-pump.jpg

      • Oblios_Cap

        I’m strangely aroused…

        • beingreleased

          Apple’s sleek keyboard and mouse have that effect on a lot of people.

          • Oblios_Cap

            Wireless, too.

      • MeerkatsRMammals

        Been there, done that. Can tell you it is NOT even remotely as glamorous as this photo would have you believe :(

        • Stulexington

          She’s smiling. That literally never happens.

  • bookish

    http://nbcnews.to/2lwZJno

    Instead, OFA says it can fill a niche that will benefit the progressive movement as a whole by nurturing a broad base of grassroots organizers and working with other groups to mobilize voters on specific issues.

    “There are important progressive organizations that mobilize supporters around key issues of the day and OFA has great partnerships with many of them,” Lehrich said in an email. “OFA fills a unique role by investing in organizing to build a lasting and successful progressive movement. We’re bringing in thousands of new people who have never been engaged before, connecting them to a nationwide grassroots network, providing them with cost-free training, and empowering them to apply those skills to make change in their communities.”

    • jowgajen
      • Grrrr…

        I’m somewhat troubled by those who lay a significant amount of blame at Obama’s feet. The Dems’ problems are complex:
        (1) increasingly hateful, lie-reliant GOP, even before the election of a black man (for me, 1988 sticks out as the start of new lows — the Willie Horton ad); Dem strategy will never be to respond in kind, but lies stick!
        (2) tremendous backlash against the party by the socially-conserv-but-economically-Dem Dems who didn’t like a black man’s ascendancy;
        (3) Great Recession generated so much misery and fear that many Dem voters were vulnerable to seizure by GOP;
        (4) the natural party rifts over time, seen in the GOP too, prompted by gradual changes in the economy and in social mores.

        • jowgajen

          I don’t blame Obama at all. I just agree with the position that now is the time to band together and reshape the Democratic Party from within. There are a lot of “Progressives” who reject the Dems and see them as the same as the Republicans.

          But fragmenting while the Republicans double down behind fucking cray cray put us, and our nation in this place. No matter what you think of the past, it’s now our patriotic duty to form a new coalition that joins as many Americans as possible together and create a new, modern, vibrant Democratic Party.

  • anwisok
    • C4TWOMAN

      Thank Cthulhu for image functionality!

    • MOG253

      Ahhhhh, thanks.

    • arglebargle

      Is that third one a bear? Think of the children!

      • ViveLaPersistence

        Appears to be eyeing some plump pre-schoolers and dreaming of BBQ sauce.

        • BearDeLaOursistance

          As a bear, I can assure you he’s only eyeing Jeff Sessions and dreaming of votes.

    • ViveLaPersistence

      Bunneh!

  • MOG253

    Aren’t there any women in South Dakota ??? Vote these asshats out!

    • Oblios_Cap

      They’re working on taking the vote away from them next.

  • JMP

    Because it’s so easy to quite your job and just go get another one! That’s the free market in action, yes, and more proof that the market doesn’t fucking work unless we have regulations to rein it in.

    • TJ Barke

      The market isn’t an immutable force of nature, it’s just a human system, something the randroids need to fucking figure out.

      • C4TWOMAN

        HAHAHAHAHAHA

        We don’t have that kinda time to spare,

      • JMP

        They really do seem to think the “laws” of the Austrian school of economics are on par with the law of physics, even though, 1. economics is a creation of human culture, there’s nothing innate or universal about them, and 2. historical events have proven that the particular economics rules they believe in are empirically false. But the cult of the invisible hand decides that any facts that disprove their dogma must actually be wrong, like all religious fundamentalists.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Most Classical Economic models, particularly where Capitalism is concerned, are based on bullshit assumptions. Garbage in, garbage out.

          • Rags

            Yeah. Like “Trump voters are rational consumers.”

        • Jack Tenhet

          Thank you!

      • Kiri the Resistant Unicorn

        Gosh, that would conflict with their fundamental belief that economic success correlates to your value as a person. Can’t have that!

        • Jack Tenhet

          It also doesn’t conform to their bs “Prosperity Gospel”. If there is an afterlife, I’m sure that it doesn’t care how many pieces of textile paper with dead people stamped on it you managed to move around while you were alive.

          • Grrrr…

            Oh, but their afterlife does!

        • JMP

          But then they might have to admit that white men being more successful than minorities and women; and particularly minority women; is the result of systemic discrimination and not due to the magical natural superiority of white men, and we can’t have that.

          • Grrrr…

            Because it’s not as though we all descended from Africans or anything; it’s not as though the concept of “race,” and thus “racial superiority,” is meaningless.

      • Grrrr…

        I’d upvote that a million if I could.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    South Dakota needs to get serious about the criminal occupation of their capitol by assholes.

  • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

    So those “excused” lady repubs, couldn’t stomach voting with the boys but too chicken to vote against the party line? or maybe not so much chicken as legit afraid of these “gentlemen”?

    • HazooToo

      I’d believe either of those, or the third option, the men didn’t even tell them there was a vote that day and just went ahead and “excused” them without their knowledge.

      • cats530

        or with their knowledge, told the “little women” to GTFO, we men are ruling!

  • chortlingdingo

    I’m more shocked by the fact that the people voted for a strict ethics law and the Republican legislators called an emergency session to overturn it. You’re doin’ a real good job listening to your constituents there, pals.

    • doktorzoom

      Maddow had no end of fun with that one.

    • Grrrr…

      Why is it periodically so fashionable to be a sociopath, to be proud about behaviors that are somewhere between theft and murder on the continuum labeled “Don’t do that!” ?

  • John Iwaniszek

    What in the Hell is going on in this country?

  • ltmcdies

    for a country with so many pro birthers in high places…they sure don’t give much of rats ass about the pregnancy or post birth bit.

    • shastakoala

      They’re having a hard time stepping out of the 1950’s.

    • beingreleased

      SD women need to write their legislators “I was going to keep the baby, but without workplace protections, I guess I’ll have an abortion.”

      • Lancelot Link

        Oh, SD has already taken care of that. They already have some of the most extreme abortion laws in the country.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      They’re forced birthers. After the kid leaves the womb, he or she is on their own.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Until they’re old enough to join the army.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          And healthy enough…

          • cats530

            or maybe the Republican crony-owned, for-profit, private prison system needs to warehouse some War On Drugs “criminals.”

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Pregnancy is a means to an end, that end being the oppression of women. They couldn’t give a fuck about mothers and babies.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    South Dakota, even less progressive than Deadwood made it look.

    • Warned_and_Persistent

      Deadwood. A refrain SD women are too familiar with.

    • Grrrr…

      According to his bio, Doktor Zoom lives in nearby progressive Idaho; I’m skeered for him.

  • Skeptical_thinker

    This bill will increase demand for abortions, which will not be legal so they won’t be safe.

    • But it will be good for coat hanger manufacturers.

  • It’s not prison. You can quit […] You’ve got a choice every day. You make a choice whether you come to work. And I’m here to tell you, if a person’s not allowing you to breastfeed at work or making appropriate accommodations at work, we can pass this law, but you don’t want to work for that guy. Get the heck out of there.

    Let me translate: “I’ve got mine. Go fuck yourself.”

    • TakingAmes

      It’s the GOP slogan!

  • Jeff Ackerman

    In South Dakota pregnant women need to man-up? Chivalry is dead.

    • shastakoala

      Throw some dirt on it and walk it off!

  • Jack Tenhet

    “You’ve got a choice every day.” except when it comes to anything that may PREVENT pregnancy. What duplicitous horseshit! “Sanctity of life! You had a baby? Go screw yourself, not our problem now.”

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    OT, but what’s the Crybaby in Chief up to now, LA Times linky?

    Trump administration is considering a new, narrower travel ban, officials say

    Rebuffed again by the courts, the Trump administration is weighing a new, more narrowly tailored executive order to restrict entry into the U.S. that would forestall further legal wrangling – even as the president himself vowed Friday to “do whatever is necessary to keep our country safe.”

    The administration ultimately could rescind the order and issue a new one that would suspend only refugee admissions and the issuance of new visas, according to an administration official familiar with the internal deliberations. The step would allow everyone who already was granted a visa or refugee status to keep it.

    But officials don’t rule out proceeding with the legal fight that Trump is publicly still eager to wage.

    “The team is reviewing options to present to him. But ultimately it’s all short term anyway because we are going to prevail on the merits of the case,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c4803097e947c8e470a76a87669b5a3b095f920edb5933af0bae52bd8bf57a22.jpg

    • Count Awesome

      If Trump really wanted to keep.the country safe he’d resign immediately.

    • beingreleased

      I’ll admit, I thought this article was real until I read that last paragraph. Classic satire.

      • phoenix00

        Classic denial-and-deflect.

  • Chadwells

    Nice….Disqus let me delete my dumbass question but kept the replies pointing out my dumbassness. Like a double “fuck you, idiot”

    • Count Awesome

      Are you asking for a triple “fuck you”?

      • Chadwells

        I think you just gifted it to me!! LOL!!

    • arglebargle

      FWIW, disqus anagrams are Squids and Suds Qi

  • Warned_and_Persistent

    Dear Boss: I think my water just broke.
    Boss: don’t just stand there, get a mop, one of my guys could slip and fall.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    “…if a person’s not allowing you to breastfeed at work or making appropriate accommodations at work, we can pass this law, but you don’t want to work for that guy.”

    I’ll bet this guy doesn’t understand why a woman would choose abortion.

    • cats530

      “Choose? She’s not allowed to choose. Good Righteous Christian Men like me will stamp out abortion entirely” said Mullah Wayne Steinhaur.

  • CindyinEncinitas

    Girls, if you have morning sickness, don’t piss the boss off by going all the way to the bathroom. Just use the nearest trashcan. And don’t bother being quiet about it, either. It’s not like nature doesn’t want you to pay for your lust.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Chadwells

      That right image will haunt my dreams….christ…..

      • arglebargle

        That crotch is getting close to Christie territory.

        • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed
          • arglebargle

            I DID NO SUCH THING!

          • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

            It was heavily implied, and I at least refrained from the softball uni moose knuckle..

          • yyyaz

            I’ll take my mercy where I can get it these days. A very heartfelt thank you, sir.

          • Chadwells

            OFFENSIVE!!! What the hell do you even call that thing?!? That’s like weapons grade front butt!!!

          • MynameisBlarney

            They say every man needs a shed for his tools, but damn…that’s overkill.

          • Alternative Pony Ron

            That’s not a shed, that’s a bloody airplane hangar.

          • MynameisBlarney
          • Thiazin Red

            He must have the record for tiniest genitals.

          • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

            Didn’t know men could have camel toes too. The more you know.

        • Chadwells

          Dampnut should have kept him around to make himself look like the prettiest lady!!!

      • puredog

        As an old who has been more. . .sleek. . .I must point out that Bamz has fifteen years on Donnie. Though I suspect Bamz will still be shooting hoops when he’s 70, and doubt that Donnie could have surfed when he was 20.

        • Lara

          And Trump wasn’t looking very good 15 years ago.

    • timpundit

      “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” – Trump’s “Physician” “Dr” Bornstien.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        He looks healthy enough for two people. Maybe three.

    • proudgrampa

      Hmmmm.

    • TakingAmes

      Well, I mean, everyone is hotter in sunglasses.

    • phoenix00

      Justin Trudeau.

      I win.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Ethics, shmethics.

  • bookish

    More Pats plan to boycott Trump visit.

    http://nbcnews.to/2lx3itQ

    And while some have not explicitly cited President Donald Trump and his policies as the reason — some have — and the number of players planning to boycott a future photo-op is unprecedented compared to years past.

    “We’ve never seen anything like this,” Edge of Sports writer and Nation contributor Dave Zirin told NBC News on Friday. “It has extra meaning coming from a team that all over social media — by both sides — was being called ‘Team Trump.'”

    • yyyaz

      Let us know when Brady and Belichik join the boycott. As if.

    • Lara

      Wanna bet all the players that show up are white?

      • Boscoe

        Not takin’ that bet.

  • Granted, if you quit, you’ll lose your income and your healthcare insurance, but there’s always Welfare and the ACA….oh.

    • Grrrr…

      And of course, there’s no better time to search for a job than when pregnant or just after giving birth.

  • arglebargle

    Next up, get that suggestion that the little ladies make breakfast in bed on Sunday mornings codified.

    • phoenix00

      that’s an upgrade from “sammiches while barefoot”

  • OneYieldRegular

    Steinhauer’s entire female staff up and quitting would be the perfect coda to this story.

    • Count Awesome

      He probably doesn’t hire women because he believes they should stay at home.

      • Boscoe

        And anyway, binders are expensive!

    • Lancelot Link

      I would guess Steinhauer only hires women for a few minutes at a time, IYKWIMAITYD

  • It’s not prison.

    Until everyone is guaranteed a basic income, your job kinda is a prison.

    • mancityRed6

      it’s not like you have to eat, wear clothes, or have a roof over your head

      • Count Awesome

        Wonkette IS clothing optional though.

        • mancityRed6

          yeah, I’m getting a lot of weird looks out on my balcony, it’s a good thing it’s unseasonably warm here in Kansas (67F!!!)

          • Count Awesome

            Warmer there than in LA. (63°)

          • mancityRed6

            yesterday was a high of 36.

          • Boscoe

            pfft. Amateurs. IT IS 86 HERE. No, that’s NOT Celsius.

          • mancityRed6

            like I said, 36 (but felt colder) yesterday

          • Alternative Pony Ron

            I should hope not.

        • proudgrampa

          Always!

      • I hear babies need those things, too.

        • mancityRed6

          turn ’em loose and let the wolves raise ’em. it worked for those two guys who started Rome

          • Hurry, though, before the national parks and the Fish & Wildlife Service are gone.

          • LucindathePook

            Also Mowgli.

          • mancityRed6

            He even got a few movies made about him.
            Tarzan, too.

        • arensb

          Meh, whatever. “Pro-life” only applies before they’re born.

      • Lara

        Exactly. You have the option to die in the street. Really, it would be much more convenient if those disgusting poors just did that for the good of everyone else. /s

        • I’m not dead, so I don’t see why my tax dollars have to go toward cleaning up the corpses. Hmph!”

        • I’ll just note that Rep. Steinhauer’s bio says he was appointed to his current House seat, and he hasn’t had to worry about malicious bosses for decades.

          I doesn’t say what kind of boss he is, but I think we can guess.

      • Grrrr…

        Well, we libtards can’t manage w/o food and shelter, but that’s because we’re all cucks and snowflakes. Nice tough GOPpers can do without.

    • Jack Tenhet

      Well, it is also a crime in a lot of cities to be out in public without money on you. That’s what vagrancy laws are. So yeah, you can quit your job, lose your home and car, have no money and be thrown in jail for being in public without money.

      • The pro-lifers suddenly become very pro-choice when it comes to having a job to support your baby.

      • Boscoe

        And if you have “too much” money, then you’re clearly involved in drug trafficking and that’ll just have to be confiscated.

        • Boscoe

          …and that was an excerpt from a little playlet Jack and I just wrote called: “Stop & Frisk is now national policy”

          • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

            I guess Trump really does hate black people after all.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Well, you can always cite Papachristou v. City of Jacksonville at the cop before he tazes you, amirite?

        • Boscoe

          …and during, and after. it’s a free country, after all.

    • notaten

      And, we ain’t paying for no birth control slut pills, because personal responsibility, but if you’re married your husband can have sex with you whenever, cuz bibble, so if you’re preggers it’s your own fault, because????? Gaaaàhhhh, I’m going to happy hour, this shit is just too much right now.

      • Jukesgrrl

        Last night Jimmy Fallon read Tweets with the hashtag #WhyI’mSingle. That could have been the winner.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Weheheheheheeeellllllll now….

    Ain’t that convenient?

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/830152286282321922

    • arglebargle

      By that reasoning then Pence believes in the Comet Ping Pong child sex ring too.

      • Boscoe

        Well, of course he does! After all, “people are saying…”

      • phoenix00

        “Since not all the facts are in, the debate is still ongoing….”

    • timpundit

      Oh, well, case closed then.

    • Count Awesome

      There must be a myriad of alternative stories about that…

    • mancityRed6

      Flynn needs to watch out for buses, even if he was only following orders.

      • Lara

        And umbrellas. And food that tastes like polonium.

        • Jack Tenhet

          Mmmmm! Polonium! The flavor-maker!

          • Lancelot Link

            It’s not very good sushi.

    • Jack Tenhet

      Can we all use ourselves as our own sources? I mean, if I should get in trouble with the law, can I be my own alibi?

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        ‘Honest, officer, I was with me the whole night and I wasn’t anywhere near the bank. You can ask me if you don’t believe me.’

      • Grrrr…

        Self-sourcing is the logical extension of (or precursor to) “alternative facts.”

    • TakingAmes

      Um. Duh?

  • ariel_gee_398

    “If your boss harasses you for being pregnant, you should quit.” “If your boss gropes you, you don’t want to work for him anyway. Go find yourself a new job.” “It’s not your fault that he raped you, but you really shouldn’t have been out at night by yourself/wearing that/drinking alcohol.”

    They really don’t see the through-line there, do they?

    • Jack Tenhet

      I actually think they do and that this is exactly what they believe to be true. They’re just sick.

      • Lara

        Many conservatives both patriarchal to the extreme, and believe woman should truly pay for Eve’s sin. I’m not making this up.

        They probably think woman shouldn’t be working anyway.

        • Jack Tenhet

          Nope, you’re absolutely not making that up because I have heard them say it in person. I’ve even heard “normal” people outside of politics say that a woman couldn’t get pregnant from rape. Seriously. That’s one family member I just cut off completely.

        • arensb

          I thought Jesus paid for everyone’s sin.

    • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

      It’s never the man’s fault?

      • ariel_gee_398

        Exactly. Women ought to know better than to think they have the right to exist as equals in public spaces.

  • HazooToo
  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    I really am not enjoying this slow march towards a dystopia…

    • arglebargle

      We’re picking up speed. Almost going downhill at this point.

      • JustDon’tSayPeriod.Period!

        That’s the spirit!

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    OT. It’s 81 den now in Denver and why am i in this hand basket?

    • Lara

      Hey, it’s snowing in the Northeast and cold, so obviously Global Warming is a big bunch of nothing!

      • Shrieking Denizen

        -14C and snowing heavily in Ottawa. Unreal. It is not supposed to be cold and snowy at the same time.

    • mancityRed6

      if the forecast holds out, about 8 hours east of you will see highs in the 50s and 60s through next weekend.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      And 46 in Minneapolis, before Valentine’s Day. WTF?!

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      45F in SW Ontario tomorrow. We used to get a February thaw – this year we are having a short-lived February Freeze. This is mad.

    • phoenix00

      …… close-to record snowfall in Vancouver……

  • bookish

    It’s frightening how callous, ignorant and short-sighted these people can be. No protection for pollinator at risk of extinction.

    http://nbcnews.to/2lwJB5x

    That postponement doesn’t sound so sweet to supporters of the prodigious pollinator, which was once abundant along the East Coast through South Dakota and parts of Canada but has seen its numbers plummet by 87 percent in recent decades, scientists say. Bees play an important role in pollinating food.

    “The Trump administration has put the rusty patched bumble bee back on the path to extinction,” said Rebecca Riley, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. “This bee is one of the most critically endangered species in the country and we can save it — but not if the White House stands in the way.”

    • mancityRed6

      it’s not like bees do anything but give us honey, and we have corn syrup for that /sn
      As an aside, when I grew up about 2 hours south of here, I remember fireflies and june bugs being plentiful. The last two summers, not so much. It was a rare occasion to see either.

      • Tokays_don’t_blink

        I noticed that last summer too. No fireflies and only a handful of moths. Bees too were MIA; from what I could tell pollination duties were handled by these weird little metallic-colored flies. My herbs and greens did okay, but my peppers? I harvested a grand total of seven jalapenos. Weak, sad, low-energy!

    • TJ Barke

      That’s not the only thing they’ll send to extinction.

    • Grrrr…

      Someone (probably you — thank you for many great links) posted a link a few days ago to an illuminating, if horrifying, New Yorker article (Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich). The level of denial is astonishing: Do these monied maniacs really think they can live inside these luxury tin cans for 5 years without Lord of the Flies erupting? Do they really think they’ll be OK when the food runs out and they have to leave the tin cans?
      ….. Frustrated by Dubya’s intransigence on climate change and environmental protection, I used to squawk, “Do these people really not get it, that no matter how rich they are, they can’t survive without clean air and clean water?” And fauna to make the flora. Apparently they don’t.

  • arglebargle

    Pregnant? Nothing some bootstraps can’t fix.

    • Jack Tenhet

      Unless you can’t afford bootstraps, then you’re just better off being dead in their eyes.

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      If pregnant women can still reach down there, they are going to do other things with the straps than pull themselves up.

  • Bill Slider

    When will women learn: Run for office as state legislators, and throw the bastards out, literally with votes. Nationally, at least, women comprise half of the voting population. You need to take cleaning house to a whole new level. Don’t bitch, act, to paraphrase Obama’s don’t boo, vote.

    • Grrrr…

      Yeah, ’cause those conservative states love women in charge.
      ….. Can you see the paradox, that you’re mansplaining and implying that *women* are the problem in this context (“when will women learn”), yet also assuming that red-state men are open-minded enough to elect progressive women (they’re not). You’re also suggesting that only women are affected by childbirth/childcare issues (they’re not — within a given family, the fathers are affected too, and the bigger picture is: *Every* human, regardless of gender and childcare status, should vote for family-friendly laws because a strong, stable society requires a strong next-generation).
      ….. And that “cleaning house” joke doesn’t sit too well.

    • Lancelot Link

      So your point, Bill, is that women just need to run for office and get more votes than the men they’re running against?

    • phoenix00

      There was this “woman” who dared run for President……….

  • V4Virginia, NASTY!

    Let ’em wear shoes and all hell breaks loose, amirite, bros?

    • Picabo

      First the shoes then the pants suits. They called that the domino effect during the Cold War.

  • bookish
    • Sophia

      Watch out Abe, we’ve heard about this. “Later, at their bilateral press conference, Trump elaborated on the greeting, saying, “I shook hands, but I grabbed him and hugged him because that’s the way we feel.”

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        When you’re famous you can grab them anywhere you want.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Abe… also talked up high-speed Japanese trains, suggesting they might play a role in the president’s promised infrastructure investment. Such a train, Abe said, could get from Washington to New York, “where Trump Tower exists,” in one hour.

      I can see Donnie insisting on an ‘Amtrak One.’

  • Boscoe

    “You don’t see any men asking for extra bathroom breaks just because they’re going to become daddies, now do you?”

    ROFL I cannot BELIEVE a GOP representative hasn’t actually said that yet. It’s a soon-to-be-classic, right up there with “how is there global warming if I have snow right here in my hand?” and “if man evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?” or “Women don’t get pregnant from rape, their bodies can shut that down.”

    • Bitter Scribe

      Or as the late, great Chief Justice Rehnquist once ruled, it’s not sex discrimination for health insurers to refuse to cover pregnancy because if men could get pregnant, they wouldn’t be covered either.

  • Picabo

    How do the RWNJs still claim family values? Pretzel logic?

  • boyblue123

    All the dudes in South Dakota wrote this bill while inside their fortress made of blankets with a sign posted on the outside that read “No girls allowed, they have cooties”

  • exinkwretch

    Wait, “private areas for breastfeeding?” That would imply ladies are bringin’ the youngins’ to work. No way am I listening to those squalling brats while I’m trying to fill out my NCAA tournament bracket! And what’s with this “privacy” bullshit? Tits or GTFO, ladies!

    • Stulexington

      my god, next people will be insisting on subsidized daycare … which is actually proven to pay for itself because of all the women who can now work and pay taxes when they have a place for their youngins.

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        Takers!!!! Those kids could be mining coal instead of having snacks and napping. I mean those little hands can be really good fo…
        *oh, god! The SS is here!!
        Nooooo, I didn’t mean THOSE little hannndsss!!!!

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      And what’s with all this expectation that half the American workforce is anything other than ewww, “other” and normal accommodations are “outrageous!” Who do they think they are, people or something?

  • Me not sure

    Well…I guess you just get an abortion and be done with it. Danger, Republican logic at https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a9c4c9bb81a49a157030c3c45ec67f1adab3633b531e0d1b10116c39a6570b0.gif work.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    It’s not prison. You can quit […]

    I’ma hazard a guess that they’re not quite as generous about letting you quit your pregnancy.

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Brilliant.

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  • Bitter Scribe

    Long ago, I did an endorsement interview for the paper I was editing with a very nice lady who was running for the state leg. She told me with utmost sincerity that laws mandating humane treatment for pregnant employees were actually anti-woman, because employers would be forced not to hire women in their childbearing years.

    I later got in trouble for taking pity on this lady and not quoting her when she said in a debate that Hitler confiscated all the guns before the First World War. My competitor had no such scruples.

  • bookish
  • IOnlyLikeCats

    Legislators who want to make legislation about people’s (ie women, people with uteruses, trans) bodies should be forced to take classes about those bodies. All the classes. In fact, they should also be forced learn aaaalllll about pregnancy, including how it feels to carry around all that weight around their midsection.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Oh, I love the way you think.

    • Roadstergal

      They should have a chance to experience stress incontinence and fourth-degree tears.

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        Does that need to be with votes? Because I’d vote for that.

      • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

        And hyperemesis gravidarum aka morning sickness from hell.

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      They know exactly what’s involved. It’s a punishment for ladiezzz who are too uppity and want bodily autonomy just like a superior male person.

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        If they want to try they have wear around pregnancy suit for at least a month.

        • Grrrr…

          Nine months, my friend, and it doesn’t come off for even a second during those nine — and, hormone shots to replicate some of the stuff that pregnant women experience. They need to KNOW.

          • IOnlyLikeCats

            Oh can it slowly change over time?

  • Nockular cavity

    Lemme guess: the reps involved are all pro-life, right?

    • handyhippie65

      you have to ask? that should be obvious. no. just forced birthers.

  • Crystalclear12

    They seem nice.

    Christ!

    • mary5920

      Christ was certainly not consulted. I expect Christ’s mother was also ignored.

  • Up In Smoke O’hontas

    I heard those dames wanted bon bons and foot massages too! Only loose whores get knocked up anyway, and who wants to work with a chick who doesn’t know about blow jobs and anal? Amirite?

    • Nodrama4mama

      Anal sex is how RWNJ’s are made.

  • JustDon’tSayPeriod.Period!

    And once again I am pleased to not live in that fuckin place anymore.

    • mary5920

      I have relatives there. A few of them are sane politically, the rest?

  • Nodrama4mama

    My God, the list of people that I am willing to go to jail for punching in the junk (with votes) gets longer and longer every day.

  • mary5920

    What a strange blend of the libertarian “you’re on your own, fix your own uterine contractions”, with the ultra fake Christian “we’ll watch your uterus so you don’t have any choices”, sometimes all in the same Republican politician.

    • CriticalDragon1177

      Ironically this policy is probably going to encourage at least some women to have abortions that otherwise might not have. Its like they think that just telling women they can’t have abortions will magically convince them to never have one no matter how poor or desperate they have become.

      At least a Social Democrat, or socialist party that was as anti abortion as the Republican party, might be able to argue that at least some of their economic policies were discouraging women from having abortions.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Oh so compassionate empathetic Republicans. Never mind the possibility that the pregnant lady in question might desperately need the money to pay the bills. Never mind the possibility that she might not have a husband, or if she does, he might not be in such a condition that he’s not even able to care for her or her baby. Yes and the “pro life,” “Grand Old Party,” will expect us to believe that this won’t encourage women to have abortions.

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      The “pro life” party is the same as this. They only want to punish, control, and suppress women. They don’t want women in the work force. They consider the work force “male”–so that the normal course of natural events for half the population is “other” and should make them resign. They don’t want women to have the ability to control their fertility, for the same reason. They also don’t want women to have sex by their own agency–hence the determination to punish and force “sluts” into forced pregnancy, forced childbirth, and forced penury as they are solely responsible for another human being for 18 years. It’s all the same thing. Woman-hatred.

  • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

    So, the next time I hear a man complain about how unfair it is that women get maternity leave…

    • Jukesgrrl

      Funny but they get golf leave every Friday afternoon every place I ever worked.

  • 3FingerPete

    “the only two women on the committee, Lana Greenfield and Elizabeth May, both Republicans, were “excused” from the hearing”

    Probably for lady issues.

    • fawkedifiknow

      I think they started to read a letter from Gloria Steinham.

  • marxalot

    Well, I hate this.

  • Ricky Gay

    Now is when I wish Orphan Black was for real and I could hear Helena asking those dudes do you want cow bebbe? Maybe horse bebbe?

  • mardam422

    I didn’t see anything in that list that said the pregnant ladies couldn’t ask their boss to go get pickles and ice cream. So what are they bellyaching about?

  • mardam422

    The women on the committee were “excused” because the men were embarrassed to be talking about lady things with ladies in the room. So see, they were just thinking of the ladies feelings. So chivalrous!!

  • Grrrr…

    Dear GOP: If you don’t accommodate the wimmens with the having the babies, then there won’t be anyone to change your diapers 20-30 years from now (and thanks to Betsy De-Evos-lution, that’s all they’ll be capable of).

    • Jukesgrrl

      Yes, male GOPers are so egotistical they think someone’s going to volunteer for that vile duty because they are beloved. HAH!

  • pgjack

    I hope South Dakota businesses are aware of the possibility of hiring undocumented pregnant women for even less than pregnant American citizens. If they hire an undocumented pregnant woman they could keep most of the woman’s paycheck by threatening to turn them in to Trumps deportation squad.

  • RobKanC

    And yet ppl wonder why no one wants to live in South Dakota. Apart from it’s general awfulness of course.

  • TootsStansbury

    As a vagina having American I can say I’d like to use the old “I brought you into this world and I can take you out.” Fuck. You.

    • Incoming (AKA Large) Ham

      IKR? In this hypothetical case it would be retroactive abortion.

      They could just quit their jobs as politicians if they didn’t like it.

  • Phoenixdoglover

    The craziness of State Legislatures is inversely proportional to the average size of the District.

    States vary widely:
    South Dakota – one representative for every 12,500 citizens
    California – one rep for every 475,000 citizens
    New Hampshire – one rep for every 3,000 citizens

    And then there are long winters, bleak landscapes, and too much time for pondering “the way things God meant them to be.”

    • Beaufighter

      That’s how Ed Gein happened.

  • cosmiccowgirl

    The only two women on the committee were “excused”? What does that even mean?

    • Tiny kaiju

      “Ladies, this might be a good time to go powder your noses. If you get what I’m saying.”

  • wavicles

    May they all get hemorrhoids.

  • mandycat

    I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m guessing that in spite of the Legislature’s best efforts women still have the vote in South Dakota. And they keep on electing these trolls.

    And another guess: voters of both genders will keep these people in office, ethics or not.

  • Panika MCD

    no extra bathroom breaks for guys who have prostates that are acting up. sorry, boys. maybe you can just quit and find a new job at your age.

    • Jennaratrix

      Or wear a diaper. No one will make fun, promise.

      • Panika MCD

        real men cath.

  • Tom Mears

    While this is pretty heartless, it’s not quite as bad as it’s being made out to be. The dick who suggested women can always quit, Is still very much a dick.

    There is still the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act that acts as a backstop here. The federal law also requires reasonable accommodations for pregnant women:

    If an employee is temporarily unable to perform her job due to pregnancy, the employer must treat her the same as any other temporarily disabled employee; for example, by providing light duty, modified tasks, alternative assignments, disability leave, or leave without pay.

    My guess is that the law was intended to provide something more than the minimum federal requirements and the legislative people-with-penises “thought” that was unnecessary. Which is still a dick move, but not quite as dickish as is being portrayed.

    https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/fs-preg.cfm

    • Beaufighter

      What is most maddening that a 30-second Google search would have turned up exactly what you’re talking about, just to check to make sure that they can actually pull this off legally, and these assclowns could thusly stop wasting South Dakota’s time and money on bullshit legislation. It’s like D students have taken over the country.

      • Tom Mears

        The federal standard is prety thin compared to ADA, American’s wih Disabilities Act. Pregnancy is NOT covered by ADA. Of course “complications of pregnancy” is covered. So if the lady’s doctor writes her off work or gives her specific work restrictions due to “complications” then ADA kicks in anyway. And then there is FMLA which also covers pregnancy

        Most states that have gone beyond PDA standard have extended the missing bits and rights from ADA to cover pregnancy in general, or have required small employer’s who might be exempt from these rules to cover their employees.

    • RC

      There is still the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act that acts as a
      backstop here. The federal law also requires reasonable accommodations
      for pregnant women:

      For now

  • Thank you for printing all the facts about pregnancy, birth control, and abortion. One thing it tells you is that it ain’t abortion or pregnancy or the lives children that these fuck wads are concerned about; it is having sex. In their twisted minds, they think that if you cut off birth control and abortion, all the good single women will stop having sex and only the bad single women won’t. And, the bad single women get what they deserve. And, they get to feel all smug, righteous, and morally superior while they run around and hide all their sexual deviancy, which ain’t really because no one but them cares if you are gay or like strap ons or whatever the fuck else all those smug, righteous, morally superior assholes get caught doing.

    • Jennaratrix

      Right. And the only praget ladies will be married, and their husbands can take care of them, so they don’t need jobs anyway. It’s a win/win!

      • It’s like I always say, hate the sin, punish the sinner

    • Christopher Smith

      Exactimundo!

  • Mike Steele

    S.D. State Rep. Li’l Wayne regarding pregnant ladies: “You have a choice every day”. From his mouth to the Supremes’ ears…

  • Dolmance

    God, make it stop. Make it stop. I can’t take no more. I can’t take it.

  • spacecat in space

    I have to admit, I was so overwhelmed by the all-American anti-everything-but-old-white-dudes shitshow that when I saw the image at the top of the article, I just went to YouTube and watched this again instead of reading how some folks are being screwed over for having the gall to own their own personal vaginas and uteri. HOW DARE WE?

    Just fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck every one of them. With votes. Sideways. In the ear.

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