Archive for September, 2012
Katha, I appreciate your piece but blaming women does not solve the problem.
Why do women vote against their own interests?
Because we have been bullied by boys who grew into men our whole lives – putting us down for merely being female. Telling us what we could or couldn’t do on account of being female. Have you ever brainstormed all the slang terms used to describe females vs. males? Or conjured up images for mother-in-law versus father-in-law? Or considered the messages to women on TV – Bridezilla, Toddlers & Tiaras, Gossip Girl, The Swan, Wife Swap, Desperate Housewives, the Good Wife and let’s not forget the porn industry and every fashion show depicting women as the sexy object of man’s desire or his victim?
What about the non-stop commercials featuring 1950s images and brainwashing of women? That we should all accept marriage and motherhood as our life’s purpose – still pondering what to serve our family for dinner vs. fathers – sports buffs, macho, all-knowing provider – kisses her on the cheek yet still not lifting a finger to help?
Think Cats (crazy cat lady spinsters) vs. Dogs (Man’s best friend).
One can hardly expect the overwhelming majority of victims of sexual, verbal, physical and emotional abuse whose protests fall on deaf ears to actually believe they are worth a damn? We who are taught to be good girls and quiet and pretty and deferring to males who have no control over any aspect of our lives. We don’t even have the right to be paid equally.
We who have been ignored by our government, our media, our workplaces, our history – to say nothing about the ignorance of what needs to happen to level the playing field in election after election…
Why should women have any faith in either party when in 2012, we remain 2nd class citizens under the Constitution? Article V is arbitrary when SCOTUS can change the rules of amending the constitution to justify defeating the Equal Rights Amendment. Do you hear any of the women’s organizations or liberal groups demanding the ERA from Obama or the Democrats though it sits on the Party platform? How else do you propose stopping the religious and legislative war on women? To vote blindly once again for the lesser of two evils is not courageous or smart. And in no way resembles our foremothers courage and sacrifice to have fought and won the rights we have today – that can be taken away by a single vote without the ERA.
No, I’d call voting for either party because you think they are better for women while they refuse to declare women equal under law as nothing more than voting asleep and voting SHEEEEEEEEEEEEP.