• Tue, Aug 21 2012

Newsweek Protests GOP No Rape Exception Policy By Turning Their Cursor To A Coat Hanger

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The GOP has recently stated that there will be no exceptions regarding their anti-choice policies, and that women should carry babies to term even in the case of rape.

I’d like to say that TheGloss is open to all political stances, but I will also say that this actually makes me feel sick to my stomach. Pregnancy itself seems like an incredibly difficult experience wherein someone has to grow inside your body. The idea of having to share your body against your will is deeply, deeply disturbing to me in any circumstances, but especially when doing so will be reminder every day of a terrible way you were violated.

Newsweek’s tumblr gets that. And in a really strong move they just changed their cursor to a wire hanger.

I think Sorkinisms makes a great point when she states:

Newsweek is getting a lot of shit for switching their cursor to a coat hanger today, as the GOP announced that there will be no rape exception (indeed no exceptions at all) in their new national platform of anti-choice politics. I understand why people would be shocked, disconcerted, and even disturbed by this display at Newsweek.tumblr.com, but I’m glad for it. People SHOULD BE shocked and horrified and disturbed and nauseous over the idea of returning to a time in America when women were forced to this absolute cruelest of medical procedures (abortion via coat hanger). People should be pissed, and notice I don’t say “women should be pissed” – PEOPLE. HUMAN BEINGS. Those of us who are breathing should be pissed that one of our own – millions of our own, half of our population – will be put in danger because of positively medieval thinking on behalf of the most removed-from-reality politicians of the GOP.

We’ll quote another woman – Faye Dunaway playing Joan Crawford – and say “no wire hangers, ever.”

Update: Apparently the Newsweek cursor was changed in response to the Huffington Post’s coat hanger. We still think it’s a bold move, but you can read more about it on Gawker.

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  • Trish

    Do you realize you have this entirely wrong?

    Newsweek tumblr reblogged the Huffington Post image of a wire hanger in response to the ‘no rape exception’ and said, “Whoa there, Huffington Post.” Clearly, they thought it was going too far.

    Then they were called out for their bullshit, and then changed their cursor image to a hanger to….do something that no one is sure exactly what. It certainly wasn’t a bold political move to protest something.

    http://gawker.com/5936610/huff-post-newsweek-turn-to-coat-hangers-to-protest-gop-anti+abortion-plank

  • Nancy

    I agree with everything you said so let me move onto something more trivial: isn’t that not the kind of hanger you would use? You’d use a wire one, right, not a wooden or plastic one.