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February 24, 2012

Unprobed Rage

We don’t usually see this level of passion on the part of protestors who demonstrate at state or federal Congressional hearings. Someone raises a pink sign or reveals a hidden slogan and they calmly agree to the polite toss from the chamber. Everyone knows it’s going to happen; all actors play their roles perfectly in front of the camera. But then, we’re talking here about State-enforced vaginal probes. Notice, by the way, how the State Capitol Policeman at the Richmond General Assembly Building responds to the ferocity, more taken aback than anything. Maybe what’s so striking about the photo, as much as the ferocity, is how Margaret Doyle’s reaction, in this latest battle in the war over women’s bodies, should come as such a surprise.

(photo: Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch/AP caption: Margaret Doyle from Richmond is removed by Capitol Police from the General Assembly after a bill that states human life begins at conception passed the Senate Education and Health Committee on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.)

  • Ralfast

    Women don’t like to be raped, who knew?

  • Ralfast

    Women don’t like to be raped, who knew?

  • caraf

    I dunno. This photo appeared on the front page, above the fold, of my very editorially conservative local paper. In that context, it definitely read “angry feminist.” See? the editors seemed to be saying, it’s just those crazy women again, complaining about every little thing. There’s a long visual history of these kinds of photos, making it too easy to dismiss Doyle’s very legitimate anger.

    • karen h

      I guess a there’s a big difference when that same article (if it did) mentioned “state mandated penetration of the vagina.” It’s all in the framing. People get pretty upset when they think about that.

    • karen h

      I guess a there’s a big difference when that same article (if it did) mentioned “state mandated penetration of the vagina.” It’s all in the framing. People get pretty upset when they think about that.

    • Enoch Root

      Only people who already dismissed Doyle’s very legitimate anger will use this photo editorially to persuade their readers to share in their sociopathy. ‘Editorially-conservative’ in this case clearly means ‘happy to denigrate women.’

  • Bugboy

    I wonder if those that performed the drowning of witches had the similar looks on their faces when their subjects proved not to be witches?

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