When liberals use the words “War on Women” to describe the policies that Republicans currently support when it comes to how women are viewed and treated in our society, some on the right really get their undergarments in a twist. But all you really have to do is just do a Google News search for “Texas + women” and every single bit of hyperbolic rhetoric from the left will be wholly validated, and it’s not just about abortion.
It’s hard to argue with the notion that current social conservatism is built on a platform of female repression when you take a peek at how women are treated in the Lone Star State. As stated before, even without the viciously anti-choice abortion law that Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed into law down there, news stories out of Texas already painted the state’s power structure as being systemically misogynistic. There’s a cultural after-taste in Texas that is extremely anti-woman.
Take for instance the cases of Angel and Ashley Dobbs. The two women — Angel being Ashley’s niece — were stopped by Texas state troopers as they drove to Oklahoma. The officers who stopped Angel and Ashley accused them of throwing their cigarette butts out of the window (which both women deny) and that’s just the start of this horrific abuse of police authority. Accusing them of acting “weird” and “smelling marijuana,” the male officer doing all the questioning called for his female partner to come over, and that’s where the story just gets downright nightmarish.
The female officer proceeded to inspect two very personal orifices on both women in full view of cars and trucks passing by. It was a roadside sexual assault carried out by two abusive police officers. For those who feel they need to defend the long arm of the law by default no matter what, Ashley and Angel both settled their cases in June for a little under two-hundred thousand dollars. Now, I ask you, would the state of Texas acquiesce to paying the Dobbs women if they didn’t know their officers hadn’t committed gross misconduct?
You can watch this dash cam video of Angel and Ashley’s traffic stop below and judge for yourself. As a fair warning, it’s graphic and unsettling to watch:
And here’s another video example, also disturbing, of officers pulling two women–Brandy Hamilton and Alexandria Randle–over in Brazoria County, TX for speeding on their way home from the beach and then doing a body cavity search because they supposedly smelled marijuana. The women are suing the county over the incident.