Republicans just tried to mansplain periods to Ocasio-Cortez and were immediately humiliated


The Republican Party’s war against women’s reproductive rights is one of the most sinister elements of its vile agenda, aimed at subjugating women and pandering to the radical elements of its Evangelical voting bloc who are convinced in their zealotry that abortion is tantamount to murder. If the men running the GOP had their druthers, a woman’s right to choose would be completely stripped away, forcing motherhood on countless individuals who lack the ability or the inclination to raise children.

Yesterday, Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed a draconian so-called “heartbeat bill,” which The AP has identified as “one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws.” It prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been found, which in some case happens six weeks into the pregnancy before some women have even had time to realize they’re pregnant.

Late last night, rising Democratic star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to call out the legislation for exactly what it is: a backdoor ban on abortion. It’s specifically engineered to circumvent Rowe V. Wade. AOC pointed out that for many women being six week’s pregnant just means her period is two weeks late, which is to say not enough time to realize she’s pregnant.

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She correctly drew issue with the fact that the Republican men pushing this kind of legislation “don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body outside the things they want from it.” Sadly, this is the harsh reality and far too many men in the GOP treat women like objects to be controlled.


It wasn’t long before the usual male conservative ghouls crawled out of the digital woodwork to imply that they somehow understand periods and pregnancy better than Ocasio-Cortez, a laughable idea at face value. Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire was quickly taken to task and humiliated by other Twitter users for his arrogance and ignorance after he made an incredibly pathetic “joke.”

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Ben Shapiro, the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire, also decided to weigh in on AOC’s tweet, embarrassing himself by revealing how little he understands women. He said it was “disturbing” that AOC thinks a six-week-old embryo is “apparently just a missed period,” demonstrating that for all his fervent “pro-life” rhetoric, he doesn’t even know how most women discover they’re pregnant, effectively disqualifying himself from the conversation altogether. The responses were as brutal as expected.


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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.