I don’t understand women who don’t understand what is happening around them. More to the point – I don’t understand women who know what’s happening around them and – don’t care.
My Mother is of the generation of women who didn’t believe women should have a say in anything important, like politics or religion. Honestly, I don’t know if it was the whole generation of women, but, it most surely was my mother and all of the other women who had any influence on my young life. Not that they weren’t strong women, they most surely were. These women just had this whole mind-set which involved men having some sort of mystical power over them! They did pretty much what their husbands wanted to do. Period.
My mother was also of the belief that women had no place in all things men, especially the military and the church. Women did not belong on Navy ships on the Battlefield or on a pulpit. There was no logic behind her thinking – it’s simply what she believed. I asked her during one of our many debates on these issues why she didn’t believe a woman could preach the word of God, and she told me that women were not qualified to preach the word of God. I asked her why she felt that way and she had no answer – “It’s just the way it is, Barbara Susan, and the sooner you learn that, the sooner you will understand your place.” Needless to say, I never learned it, and I never, ever understood what she believed my “place” was.
However, this is not 1952, this is 2012 and women have fought long and hard to obtain certain individual freedoms that have always been just a given for men. Women should not be having to sign petitions and make placards and protest about losing rights we fought so hard to gain. Republicans seem to believe that it’s perfectly okay to do whatever they want to women with no apologies.
I know that during a Presidential election year many things get said and slogans get thrown around like cheap necklaces off of a float during a Mardi Gras Parade. The thing is; The “War on Women” is real. It’s not just a liberal phrase to piss women off and rally them to the polls. There really is a genuine war on women. “Barefoot and pregnant” might be truer than any woman would ever want to believe in the year 2012.
I’ve heard all the arguments about birth control and contraception and abortion, but this is about so much more than that. This is about men taking away the rights of women – this is about men wanting control – again. This is about the religion of a few messing with not only the legal rights of all women but also with the health of all women in this United States of America. This is no longer just about abortion. This is about a woman’s right and her ability to have access to birth control pills, pap smears and other important screenings that could save lives.
Republicans will tell you they want a smaller government, but they are the ones all up in your face about who you have sex with (gay rights), how you protect yourself when having sex (birth control) and controlling what happens when a woman finds herself pregnant (abortion) that, my friends is not smaller government – that’s religion and government gone amuck.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat, Republican, and Independent or have no political feelings at all. It doesn’t matter if you’re Christian, Muslim, Jew, atheist, or whatever. What matters is that you’re a woman and your rights are being taken away from you, whether you use them or not. That’s the bottom line.
I know the religious women among you believe you are doing God’s work. Perhaps when the men decide you can no longer drive or vote or own property or have bank accounts just because you’re a woman and there is some line of scripture that makes it thus – maybe then you will understand you were a tool for men to once again keep you in your place. Do you know what your place is?