Is anyone thinking about the women (besides the misogynists, religious rights or Sandra Fluke)?
The contraception debate is a fantastic event taking place in our present day national collective. People are entitled to their opinions. How right or wrong is it that women are basically STILL the fall-back group for disrespect and general abuse? Egotistical and oppressive, personalities like Rush Limbaugh are not a rare occurrence in today’s world. How so? Maybe we’ll count the ways as we go, here on the blog.
What other group of people is being told that they cannot make their own decisions regarding their own bodies? Keep in mind that we’re discussing American culture here. Consider what the American’s citizen’s culture has been in the past, where it is today (and where you think it should be), and where it should go tomorrow. Whether it be a decision on procreation, hormone therapy or acne prevention, the actions taken today- and the things said- that attempt to knock the women’s movement back about 60-90 years, are incredible.
We face many challenges in our world today, and in our own nation where we should be most at home. The United States of America should be way beyond this kind of rhetoric against women. Yet almost every day most women are actively experiencing behaviours and attitudes that are tantamount to racism. Sexism is long from dead.
As a people, Americans have moved beyond racism. Yes, it exists as sexism still does, but no one is actively- or in quite the same way- taking aggressive political action against the personal and bodily rights of any racial group. We have moved beyond a collective entertainment of any idea of racial oppression. It’s there for some maybe, but it’s not allowed- or it is simply too taboo.
Not so for motivations or actions against women. With women, it’s apparently still so different. Active manifestations of hate and sexism are again basically allowed. Aren’t you feeling it getting out of hand? Perhaps it is because I AM a woman that I am so sensitive to the general sentiment.
They say that what comes around goes around- well, I’m sensing some backsliding. What to do?
Update: So, someone IS definitely paying attention. Maybe I haven’t been looking hard enough- this is regarding not the US or it’s media, but the BBC>>> The Women’s blog with Jane Martinson