Republican Senator’s Definition Of ‘Women’ Mocked Online
Republican senator Josh Hawley is being ridiculed online after sharing what he believed to be his definition of a woman.
Hawley was approached to give his definition after Republicans last month mocked Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson for refusing to offer a definition of her own, instead responding, "I’m not a biologist."
Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn claimed that failing to offer a definition 'underscores the dangers of... progressive education', but many Republicans didn't seem to be able to offer a clearer definition themselves when asked to do so.
When approached by HuffPost, Hawley claimed a 'woman' is 'someone who can give birth to a child'.
"A mother, is a woman. Someone who has a uterus is a woman. It doesn’t seem that complicated to me," he said.
This, of course, led to the question of what happens if a woman has her uterus removed via hysterectomy – is she still a woman?
Of course she is, but Hawley instead responded: “Yeah. Well, I don’t know, would they?”
Hawley was then asked whether he would consider a woman to be defined as such if she lost her reproductive organs to cancer, to which the senator responded: “I mean, a woman has a vagina, right?”
It likely won't be surprising to hear Hawley came under fire for his attempt to define a woman, and after his response was shared online it quickly racked up a lot of comments from ruthless Twitter users.
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"According to him, I stopped being a woman in August 2020, I guess?" one person wrote, while another responded: "I no longer have ovaries or a uterus. I can no longer give birth. Thanks for letting me know I’m not a woman."
A third commented, "These are the men making laws about women’s bodies. He’s such an embarrassment," while others simply branded Hawley a 'moron' for his response.
Hawley was not the only Republican quizzed over the definition of a woman, and many of the other responses don't do much to reassure.
Senator Thom Tillis simply said 'my wife', while Senator Lindsey Graham said a woman is simply someone who is 'biologically a woman', expressing belief most Americans can figure out who’s a woman and who’s a man.
“The birds and the bees stuff – it’s been a while, but I think I remember the general gist of the differences. To have a hard time answering that question is kind of odd to me," Graham added.
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