Eager to Believe

I got pulled in, fooled, and completely suckered by this quote:

“Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?”

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney
 It isn’t real, but I bought it hook line and sinker in just one read. The person I pulled the quote from claimed to have done a Google search to confirm authenticity, but they were either lying or bad at the Google. Shame on me for not double checking, but goddamn if it didn’t sound authentic. Everything the GOP is doing to punish women and destroy gender equality just made this fabricated quote ring so true.

I, in turn, placed the quote my Facebook feed, endorsing my belief in it. It was there, after several other friends ‘liked’ the quote, that another friend pointed out that the quote was part of farce published by a comedy website, doing its best to replicate The Onion’s success.

The sad part is that I’m not sure if I’m bummed or relieved Mrs. Romney didn’t say it. Part of me wants the GOP to be this backward and trollish, it would translate into an easy win for the Obama team, right? But if it is true, what does that mean for the world my daughter has to grow up in? I have no doubt there are plenty of people out there that think this way, but to think a couple in the running for the presidency could feel this way scares me to death.

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