If only we’d had something like this back in the early 1970s, the girls of my generation might have been confidently celebrating “the red badge of courage” rather than shamefully enduring “the curse.” In any case, I’m glad that young women today can feel proud of and comfortable with their natural bodily functions.
Dumb blonde jokes don’t hurt my feelings. Bitch-get-me-a-sandwich jokes don’t offend me. Breast ogling doesn’t get my dander up. “On the rag” comments I can find humorous. Even cat-calling and whistles from the scaffolding… well, okay, that might bother me a little, but I can deal.
But when you invade my space and get all up in my personal business and my physical self… when you legislate against me and my gender… when you deny half the population (of which I happen to belong) sovereign rights to our own bodies… when you apply double standards to health care coverage and reproductive rights and sexual behavior… when you practice state-sanctioned rape in the form of probes being forced up the vaginas of unwilling participants… and when you take away access to birth control and basic health care and even abortion (which is still a legal medical procedure in the United States)… YOU OFFEND ME DEEPLY.
So be advised that I will boycott you, protest you, get in your face, and spread the word until the day you stop promulgating your misogynistic messages and until you end the practices and beliefs that place the rights of women even one millimeter below the rights of men.
The voters of Massachusetts provided a tremendous service to the nation in their choice of Senator. Elizabeth Warren is an amazingly positive role model for females… and as an American woman, I could not be more proud to have someone like her representing me.
Any woman who wants to gestate some man’s genetic material for his benefit in almost a year of involuntary servitude is more than welcome to do so. But no woman owes such sacrifice and martyrdom to anyone — especially not to a society that has always treated women like garbage, a society that grants full personhood to 15-second-old zygotes and corporations while denying that very same status of personhood to the woman in whose body that zygote is being hosted.
Forcing women to become, and to remain, pregnant against their will is a violation of human rights. Period.
This statement by my friend Holly Wilcox says a whole lot about the current so-called abortion/personhood debate in the United States:
Any woman who votes the Romney/Ryan ticket, at some level, considers herself less than a man. Does the rapist bear any responsibility for a child conceived from his violent act? No. Do we know that men have the freedom to spread their seed without consequence? Yes. Do Romney/Ryan want to tell women what we can and cannot do with our own bodies? Yes. Every woman should be allowed her own conscience with which to make her own choices about her own body. Why would any woman want to put herself in a position where a man rules her right to decide what she believes? Why?
Holly nails it on the Republican agenda… and she also correctly identifies one of the primary sources of their power. It’s the multitudinous females of our species closing their eyes, rolling over, and in many cases even embracing their own imprisonment within a system that cares less for them than it does for a non-viable clump of cellular material. Make no mistake: This current war being waged has nothing to do with “right to life” and everything to do with controlling and objectifying and victimizing and oppressing women. As if all we went through 30+ years ago in the women’s movement was just so much vapor to now dissipate right before our eyes.
Why so many women continue to allow men to rule their lives and their bodies is beyond my comprehension. The patriarchal kool-aid isn’t all that refreshing a beverage… and it’s proving to be a serious threat to our health. Why do women continue to guzzle it down? Is it laziness? Fear? Superstition? A basic lack of self-worth? Furthermore, if all the regressive reproductive legislation, and attempted legislation, of the past several years hasn’t been compelling enough, it’s inconceivable (pun intended) to me that the misinformation about — and redefinitions of — RAPE now being bandied about haven’t provided the tipping point for all but the most self-loathing of American women. Do they legitimately (haha) fail to see that something is very very wrong?
All I know is, until we all — all women — rise up and shout NO MORE, the trampling of our sovereignty will continue. And until we all rise up and insist that we’ve had ENOUGH, our status as “less than” will endure ad infinitum.
So what about it, sisters? It’s your lives and your bodies and your rights as individuals that are at stake. Not your father’s, husband’s, pastor’s, or congressman’s. YOURS. We’re sliding down the slope here. What are you going to do about it??