In the book What's the Matter with Kansas, author Thomas Frank explores why people who are so blinded by ideology and who cling to outdated social mores very often vote in elections against their own self interests.

In this same sense, many Republican and conservative woman now have their heads buried in the sand when it comes to recognizing the attacks on women that are currently being conducted by their own party.

When I began to research this issue, the evidence to support that there is indeed a widespread Republican effort, among both federal and state legislatures and Republican office seekers, to attempt to curb and undermine women's rights and freedoms was so overwhelming that my head was spinning.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D -- N.Y., put it best. She said, "From Rush Limbaugh's tirades to Mitt Romney's pledge to get rid of Planned Parenthood, the Republican attacks on women just won't end. I feel like I fell asleep and went back in time. And it's only getting worse."

I'd add that one of the leading GOP presidential contenders, Rick Santorum, is opposed to contraception, is opposed to a women's right to choose and is opposed to prenatal testing.

Come this November, women voters need to reject the Republican misogynistic efforts, big time. Let Republicans know that the attacks on women's rights and freedoms are unacceptable, and you don't want our country to be heading back in time. Let 'em know you're mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore. Women voters should rally behind the lyrics from Helen Reddy's song, "I am Woman." When you step into the voting booth, remember, "I am woman hear me roar." And if you don't recall, or are too young to know the rest of the lyrics, you'll find them on YouTube.

In fairness, I would add that there are certain moderate local Republicans that I know don't fall into the misogyny category, and I would hope that they have the guts speak out for women's rights and reject the mounting attacks on women from their party.

Richard Ross

Fairfield