Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., one of the most liberal members of Congress, issued a dire warning this week about the consequences of failing to properly address climate change: It’ll make women prostitutes, she said.
And to counter this scenario, she pressed House colleagues to vote for her resolution, recognizing the threat and emphasizing the need to take immediate steps to fight global warming, The Blaze reported.
“[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy and poor reproductive health,” her resolution read.
She said what’s needed are more gender-specific climate change policies and regulations.
She said in her resolution that Congress ought to express awareness of the “disparate impacts of climate change on women” and press to develop “gender-sensitive frameworks in developing policies to address climate change.”
It isn’t the first time Lee has recommended such action.
In mid-2013, she introduced House Concurrent Resolution 36, saying the exact same. She was roundly mocked in the media back then, with one website, the Daily Caller, headlining a story on her resolution “Democrats: Global warming means more hookers.”
Lee, in an April 2013 email to the Los Angeles Times, expressed frustration with the failure of media to see the clear danger she was outlining.
She said then: “It’s unfortunate that this resolution has been misrepresented as to its goals. Tragically, as women across the world are pushed to the margins, they become vulnerable. And we’ve seen time after time that women on the edge are forced to make heartbreaking choices, this among them.”