This Feminist Right Here is Angry
I live in Quito, Ecuador, which is not a shining beacon of gender equality. Rather, it is a country in which over 200 lesbian torture clinics remained open until January of this year; where abortion is only legal in the case of a mother’s life being in jeopardy (abortion is still illegal if you are raped, mentally unstable, or if the baby is in danger). There is a 1-5 year prison sentence for women who obtain an abortion. Sexual harassment runs rampant, and women do not receive equal rights in practice.
Despite all of this, I am still disgusted with what is happening in the United States right now. Half the shit I read in the news makes me feel slimy, gross, and violated by conservative politicians. I read an article lately that sums up my feelings pretty well:
“There is something rotten in the soul of the GOP party. It seems to officially hate the poor, hate the women, hate Hispanics, hate Muslims, hate gays/lesbians, hate environmentalists, hate unions, hate teachers. Who is left unhated?”
I have visitors to the blog each week from around the world who may not be aware that women’s rights are under attack in the United States right now. Roe v. Wade is being trampled all over and Susan B. Anthony is rolling in her grave. But it’s not just women I fear for, it’s anyone who isn’t a rich, straight, white man. Those men who keep vomiting their uninformed opinions and poisoning people’s brains with falsehoods.
It’s not just that a couple douchebags have said some stupid shit this week in the news. What bothers me is that these are the country’s leaders, and they are turning these blatant lies into policy. People around the country listen to them, vote them into power, and in return, these ‘leaders’ feel justified in passing legislation based off of their misogynistic beliefs.
I come from a family of very strong women
Pictured: 4 generations of Mongiove women
Me, my mom, my grandma, my great-grandma
Liberals make mistakes. They say incorrect things because we are all human. Look, here is Obama messing up and saying Polish death camps, instead of Nazi death camps:
The difference is, deep down, Obama knows the difference between a Nazi and a Polish person. When Republicans say only some instances of penises being forced in you against your will is ‘legitimate rape,’ or call Sandra Fluke a slut for admitting that maybe she uses birth control to NOT get pregnant rather than for other health issues, and then the politicians apologize later, their statements still represent how they truly feel. They apologize for being insensitive, but not for the sentiment behind the slipup.
Arizona now says women are pregnant 2 weeks before conception... To make the amount of time when women can legally get an abortion just a little shorter.
This article seriously disgusts me in every way possible. Read it, just don't blame me if you want to throw up afterwards.
Imagine if women got to make health care decisions on behalf of men, with NO MEN in the room at all. That would be crazy right? Apparently dudes are ok with that (if it is the other way around). In the following article, the Republican witnesses (all male) were all able to testify, and the Democrats tried to bring one female witness that the committee determined to be unqualified.
A House Committee hearing on birth control... made up completely of men? I call bullshit!
Oh, hey, sorry Dad....
Oh, hey, sorry Dad....
I was shocked to find these sorts of things all over the news when I was home. I thought we settled this shit 40 years ago? Dont we have more important things to be dealing with, rather than trying to legalize the murder of doctors who perform abortions (yes, South Dakota and Nebraska tried to do that). Isn't this just backtracking, when we could be focusing on foreign policy, a declining educational system, and all too high unemployment? Women have the same civil rights as men, they should be paid the same as a man for the same work, and they should be able to make their own health decisions for themselves. The end.