As you likely know by now, at the second presidential debate, Mitt Romney made a HUGE mistake when attempting to answer a question about the unequal pay and treatment of women in the workplace.
Instead of answering the question, Romney told a story about his time as Massachusetts governor, when he was supposedly searching for qualified women to fill positions - and that's when he put his foot in his mouth by saying:
“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Of course, the comment was stupid - but it's provoked an explosion on the web from Mitt's comments. A few Twitter accounts, a few Facebook pages, a website, a Tumblr page - even a video game. This wasn't the first time Mitt's misogynist tenancies showed him up, though...
As disturbing as all this ridiculousness is, what's even more disturbing is Mitt Romney's real history with women in the workplace.
In the debate, Romney tried to tout his record of hiring women with his stumbling story about the binders. The truth is, both Romney and his opponent recieved those binders filled with lists of potential female job candidates, from a bipartisan women's rights group. Romney NEVER went to women's groups and hunted down qualified female candidates.
Further, when Romney rain Bain Capitol in the 1980s and 1990s, Bain Capitol had ZERO female partners.
Don't think Mr. Romney has changed any either.
The day after the "binders" gaffe in the second debate, Romney surrogate Kerry Healey - the Lieutenant Governor under Romney when he was Governor of Massachusetts and reportedly a close friend of Mitt's - called contraception for women a 'peripheral issue.'
While all the edited pictures, and the Twitter accounts, and the mock Facebook pages are funny, this issue is very serious. Mitt Romney wants to treat women like he can file them away, and only allow them out when he wants to use them.
That's no laughing matter.