Newly-anointed Mitt Romney running-mate Paul Ryan has made his name as a fiscal conservative with a strong vision for Medicare and Social Security. But he’s no slouch in hardcore conservative social ideology, either–as folks have been quick to point out. That his social agenda is highly at odds with his Hayek-and-Rand-tinted small government outlook for money matters seems to surprise some people, but .. eh. That’s just the rhetoric of the Republican party in the 21st century: Hands out of my health care and onto your uterus. What was anyone expecting?
Of course, as a women’s health blog, it seems only right that we cover some of the potential vice president of America’s views regarding matters of women’s health. I was all set to write a straight-forward sort of post when a friend directed me to this attempt to apply the Feminist Ryan Gosling meme to Paul Ryan. Oh my.
And while we’re at it, don’t you wish more conservatives understood pop culture? At the risk of being too reductionist, the reason the feminist Ryan Gosling meme worked is the non-sequitur element of Hollywood heartthrob + feminist theory. “Hey Girl It’s Paul Ryan” is just too darn on the nose. But hey (girl): What better way to discuss Ryan’s views on women’s health than to badly co-opt this badly co-opted meme?