Jeb Bush Thinks Women Should Be Publicly Shamed For Single Motherhood

If any women were thinking about voting for Jeb Bush, they will probably want to change their minds after reading this.

Republican presidential wannabe Jeb Bush would love it if women voted for him. The only problem is that women would be voting against their own best interests if they did because they would find themselves living under Bush’s biblical belief that women should be publicly shamed for being unmarried mothers.

Apparently, Jeb Bush wrote a book in 1995 called Profiles In Character which includes a chapter called “The Restoration of Shame.” In the chapter, Bush laments that shaming women in the public square is no longer acceptable in modern society.

One of the reasons more young women are giving birth out of wedlock and more young men are walking away from their paternal obligations is that there is no longer a stigma attached to this behavior, no reason to feel shame. Many of these young women and young men look around and see their friends engaged in the same irresponsible conduct. Their parents and neighbors have become ineffective at attaching some sense of ridicule to this behavior. There was a time when neighbors and communities would frown on out of wedlock births and when public condemnation was enough of a stimulus for one to be careful.

As an example of such shaming, and proof that Republicans want to take America back to the 1850s, Bush cited Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, in which a woman is forced to wear an “A” meaning “adulterer” on her clothes for everyone to see because she had a child stemming from an extramarital affair.

Of course, as Raw Story points out, “Bush makes no mention that the other adulterer in the novel was the local minister, who powerful actors continue to protect and admire for the duration of the book.”

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Bush goes on to suggest publicly humiliating people who need federal assistance and kids who do something wrong.

And it’s not like Bush has changed his stance on public humiliation since 1995. Six years later, Bush allowed a bill to become law as Governor of Florida forcing women and girls to publicize their names, physical descriptions, and sexual histories in newspapers if they chose to put their unwanted child up for adoption after a rape or unprotected sex caused them to become pregnant. The courts struck down the unconstitutional law and it was repealed in 2003.

In short, Bush has a history and obsession with punishing women who don’t live up to his strict conservative “Christian” standards. Make no mistake, if he were to become president, he could sign similar legislation into law at the federal level, especially since he would have a Republican-controlled House and Senate at his beck and call. And a conservative-leaning Supreme Court that can’t be trusted to stop him.

Featured image via Flickr/Gage Skidmore