October 12, 2018

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the women’s vote, the future of Roe v. Wade, and binge eating disorder.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Rina Shah, Republican Strategist; Alice Lloyd, Reporter, Weekly Standard; and Anushay Hossain, Founder, Anushay’s Point.

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Midterm Elections

Will the women’s vote put Democrats over the to?

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “About the worst message you can send if you’re a Republican - and this is his message - ‘Trump is on the ballot.’ He keeps saying he is on the ballot. If you don’t think that doesn’t rear up women to say, ‘oh really? I forgot that for a moment!’”

  • Rina Shah: “The Women’s March certainly energized and I have seen it sustained. But I think Republican women, women who supported Judge Kavanaugh, now Justice Kavanaugh, they are stomping mad too, just like the women on the left. So I think we are going to see a surge in both parties of women turning out.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Especially young women, will they turn out? That is always the question. There was all this talk when Obama first ran for president of young people turning out like crazy, the exit polls show differently.”

  • Anushay Hossain: “Susan Collins is essentially saying ‘I believe you, but I don’t believe you.’ Because Dr. Ford said ‘I’m 100% sure.’ Can we talk about who looked unhinged? Brett Kavanaugh. If a woman had behaved like that...”

  • Alice Lloyd: “I think just the fact that women do favor Democrats this year suggests that the pink wave is bluing. I think though there is a real chance that the Kavanaugh confirmation could puncture the pink wave at least in that the Republican base was energized, not just because they really think he is right, but they saw why they did not like Democrats in the first place.”    


Roe v. Wade

Activists on both sides of the abortion rights debate are gearing up for future battles after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “You have a court that is on the brink, if it has not already, lost credibility the way the House and the Senate have done, and you want to hold on to this institution as above the fray.”

  • Rina Shah: “I am with Lisa Murkowski, her and Susan Collins feel that he is not going to do [overturn Roe v. Wade]. There is just evidence in his background that just says that he is not the type and I am going to leave it right there. He’s got a mixed bag of opinions but I really do think that he sees it as precedent and he does not want to over turn that.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “I covered the Supreme Court for 9 years in the late 90’s and it used to be the theory among reporters, and even in talking to the justices whom we had limited access to, that they would never overturn Roe v. Wade if the Republicans got a majority. They would just punch so many holes in it that it was as good as dead.”

  • Anushay Hossain: “I always explain the news to my daughter because I am on it and I talk about it. But with this story I really kept it away because i did not want that idea to even enter her head that if you come forward not only will people not believe you, the President of the United States could mock you at a rally.”

  • Alice Lloyd: “What conservatives want from an overturn or from more restrictions has always been not to abolish abortion but to let the states legislate it. And so restriction on abortion coming from the supreme court absent an overturn  of roe frankly have the same effect at the state level anyway.”

The Weight of Being

Kara Richardson Whitely discusses battling a binge eating disorder.

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “This is a movement that has to grow, and it’s got to be led by women, and if they get out in front with it, they can succeed but that will take TV and Hollywood years.”  

  • Rina Shah:  “Look at Beyonce out there, look at Cardi B. I mean look at Taylor Swift even. All of these womens have millions, Kim Kardashian number one. These people have so many resources, financial, to make their bodies look just the way they want and Kim Kardashian being primarily that. I mean she has invested so much into having that perfect, what she thinks is, having that perfect physique. And millions of women think it is perfect too. People like myself, we are 35 and mom’s of two, we aspire for that, why? Because it has been thrown in our faces for years since we were kids.”   

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Is it right to say ‘you look beautiful?’ Or should you say ‘make sure you are healthy’ and ‘go to a doctor, get checked, see how you are doing’ and work to make your health the main point?”

  • Anushay Hossain:“I was thinking to myself the other day what I really want to look like, and I want to have the body back from when I was twenty, but now I am almost forty, and I have two kids, and that is just not realistic. After all the health complications I had after becoming a mom, I am so lucky to have my health, why am I thinking about that waistI had? My body has done such amazing things since.”  

  • Alice Lloyd: “We see this to a little bit in the private sector and in the diet industry, the pivot from appearance to wellness. Weight Watchers just changed its name for a reason. It is in response to the culture shifting and I think it is right that the culture is shifting.”   

  • Kara Richardson Whitely: “Binge-eating disorder is the most common disorder, but it’s the least talked about, it’s the newest eating-disorder diagnosis in the DSM-5, and yet, it is 2.5 times more prevalent than anorexia and bulimia combined.”

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