(CNN) - The political back-and-forth over the recurrent "war on women" line is playing out again in Michigan politics.
A picture showing a trio of male GOP state representatives pretending to read women's fashion magazine has predictably caused a stir among Michigan Democrats.
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The photo of Republican state lawmakers Pete Pettalia, Roger Victory and Ben Glardon was tweeted out Thursday by a Michigan reporter with the text: "Don't say we don't understand women."
The reporter, Jake Neher of the Michigan Public Radio Network, later tweeted that the quote was from Pettalia, "...He said it a couple times, jokingly."
Pettalia said in a statement that the remark was taken out of context.
"During a short break on the House floor, Republican Rep. Gail Haines, a leading advocate on women's issues in the Legislature, gave some of us magazines to read and asked to take our photo with them," Petallia said, according to The Grand Rapids Press.
But it didn't take long for House Democrats to fire back with their own version of women's choice reading material.
"Real Women read bills not fashion mags..." Democratic legislators responded along with a picture of four women legislators studying pages of documents.
Some controversial comments by Republicans over the past few years have fed Democratic claims the GOP is out of touch with women, and this week's Twitter picture battle isn't the first time female issue have inflamed political drama in the Great Lakes state.
In April, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land took perceptions of the GOP into her own hands with an ad titled "Really" mocking the "war on women" line.
"As a woman, I might know a little bit more about women than Gary Peters," Land said about her Democratic opponent in the spot.
In the latest clash over gender equality, Democrats throughout the state were quick to capitalize on the picture of the Republican representatives.
The Michigan Democratic Party called on the men to apologize and the group ProgressMichigan jumped on the comments it called "sexist," asking supporters to donate to protect women's issues.
And Democratic candidate for governor, Mark Schauer, said, "No, Michigan GOP, you really don't understand women."