Louisa Ackermann

Four More Years


After an eventful and at-times infuriating campaign season, Barack Obama has been re-elected as President and uteri across America can breathe a sigh of relief. Let us take a moment to look at some of the mind-numbing misogyny Romney and co have treated us to on the 2012 campaign trail, and thank our pals across the pond for #fourmoreyears

– What else could we kick off with but“Binders full of women”? Oh Mittens. I can’t even. If you’ve been living in a hole, the presidential candidate made this gaffe after the question of female employment arose during the final debate. Romney claimed that after noticing all his potential employees were male, he requested names of some females to put forward for job positions as well. His aides dutifully obliged, bringing him the notorious ‘binders full.’ It later emerged that it was he who was approached with the potential female employees after it became evident that he wasn’t hiring any of his own accord. But who’s keeping track, eh Mitt? As long as you’ve got your binders. At least it inspired the internet sensation that is bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com and a lot of fantastic Halloween costumes.

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– Todd Akin’s now infamous claim that children cannot be conceived through rape, if it is in fact a “legitimate rape, [because] the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down.” Right. And if an electoral candidate is a legitimate misogynistic imbecile with no understanding of basic human anatomy, the female body has ways of shutting THAT shit down, and it is called a ballot – democratic candidate Claire McCaskill defeated Akin in the Missouri Senate race. It is frankly terrifying that someone who literally does not know how the female body works would even be given the opportunity to legislate it. Legitimately.

– Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s assertion that “even pregnancy from rape is something God intended.” Um. Okay. He later clarified that he didn’t believe the act of rape itself was ordained by God, just rape babies. So there’s some comfort for you. As a side note, I believe Justin Bieber made very similar remarks in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last year.

As well as Obama defending his corner in the Oval Office, the liberal side of life enjoyed a few other victories; Wisconsin’s election of Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator, and the legalisation of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado. The fact that the Republican party still garners the amount of support it does is still bewildering and terrifying in my humble British opinion, but for now America, you’ve done us proud.

– Louisa Ackermann @louisavivienne

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