Women as livestock

South Dakota representative equates the ladies with the heifers.


Rebecca Traister
January 9, 2006 1:46AM (UTC)

Here's a great way to start the week: a report, via Pandagon, via Media Girl, that back in December, South Dakota state representative and pro-life activist Gordon Howie compared women's worth to that of cattle: it's all about the calves.

At a Chamber of Commerce crackerbarrel, Rapid City Journal reporter Celeste Calvitto quoted the representative as saying, "We place value on life in South Dakota, and even with a mother cow, as soon as you can demonstrate she is pregnant, an even higher value is placed just because she is pregnant."

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Wow. What is there to say, really?

When asked by Calvitto about his column, Howie moved quickly to self-flagellation: "I said that, and it was a clumsy way to make a point. I probably deserve to be beat upon the head and shoulders for it." Or, instead, maybe you should actually just consider why it was a messed up thing to say.

Amanda at Pandagon offers this sage advice to all us heifers: "if you want to end up being a filet mignon instead of a cheeseburger at McDonald's, start getting knocked up already."


Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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