Melissa Harris-Perry | March 09, 2013
>>> encouraging women to choose to lean into their work assumes that women have the freedom to make that movement in the first place, but taking away women 's reproductive options, there are few choices at all and suddenly summoning the power to lean in means nothing when policy makers are trying to shut women out. we got a harsh reminder when the arkansas republican-led legislature the republican majority voted to ban abortions of 12 weeks of pregnancy. and a direct contradiction to the supreme court decision in roe v. wade . so on the one hand, we are going to build a lot of nurseries.
>> they won't put any money into it.
>> and if men could get pregnant, and you have heard this stuff, this stuff would not be going on in any states, but don't forget that the violence against women act , and how many months did it take to move out of this tea party -dominated house. anyw anyway, it is you are right, the barriers to equality and inclusion are really staggering in the 21st century .
>> and given that we started with mary tyler p moore, and part of the reason that mary tyler moore happens on television is because of the pill and this movement of women 's capacity to control the reproductive capacities and if they can't, then the rest of this is just, blah, blah talk.
>> and i agree, and i have been struck by the obsession that a set of men in this country have with controlling women 's reproduction from the birth control issue to abortion. and it is an obsession that we will use the power of the staten that we the conservatives say that the state should not be in our life and we should not be able to buy 18 uzis, but to order women and tell women , because these anti- abortion laws are ordering the state to order women to give birth.
>> and there is a possibility to force you to stay married and so ted gasman who is a state congressman in iowa introduced a controversial bill about eliminating no-fault divorce, and i would like to listen to ted gasman listen to why he would like to do that.
>> there is a 16-year-old girl now in this whole mix now. guess what, what are the possibilities of her being more promiscuous, and all of the possibilities of all of these other things surrounding her life than a 16-year-old with hormones raging can get herself into.
>> so he wants people to not get divorced because their 16-year-old daughters might go out to have premarital sex , and yes, this is an obsession.
>> and who are they having sex with? is there a fanp tom at the end of the transaction? there are boys doing some stuff.
>> there are more and more men who get it and we were talking about the ugly comments on the internet sites which allow these people to speak in ways, but more and more men understand they need to be partners and pa partners in the reproductive rights and it affects the family and their lives burk you do have a movement here that wants to overturn the civilizing a advances that women fought so hard for in the 20th century , and that requires more than just leaning n but it requires leaning in, but also a movement, and not just one woman, and the groups that sheryl sandberg is going to form, and we haven't talked about them the little bit corporate social marketing , but if you could bring women together and build a movement out of that, all power.
>> and in fact, what they may have to do is to lean out a little bit from work in order to have time to do the community-based organizing and to write their senators and congressmen to stop the crazy town . i have one piece of advice for women going into the careers though, don't smile and nod unless you are happy and agree. i am just saying. katrina van der hueval a, thank you. and my let eer of the week is coming up after the break. [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. r of the week is coming up after the break. er of the