International Women’s Day

March 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Women are pretty awesome.  We’re strong, tough, feminine, masculine, soft, tender, funny, strict, wild, beautiful, imaginative, intelligent and so, so much more – and often all at the same time.  We’ve come a long way from the times when it was assumed we’d stay at home and do nothing but pop out babies and cook meal after meal and we now live in a day and age where we can do just about anything we want – including staying at home to pop out babies and cook meal after meal.  Feminism is a word that often has negative connotations but any person (male or female) who believes women should be treated as fairly as men is a feminist.  Just about every woman I know is a feminist and many of the men in my life are too, whether they realize it or not!

Yes we can!

Apparently International Women’s Day has been a thing since the early 1900’s, which was a time when the equality of women needed a little more attention.  I’d like to think that by now the need for this has become obsolete because everyone just knows that women should have the same basic rights that men do, but unfortunately that’s not the case.  Things like honor killings, genital mutilation, misogyny, pay disparity and Chris Brown still exist so obviously we have a way to go.  I think education is one great way that we can move forward in many of the areas that currently constrain us and a day highlighting some of this stuff is a step in the right direction.

Here’s a little more information about International Women’s Day, in case you’re interested.  Also, maybe take the time today to think about and appreciate some of the women in your life – you literally wouldn’t be here without at least one of them.  And if you’re a woman yourself, think of some of your own accomplishments and pat yourself on the back.  We deserve it!

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Close Your Eyes and Think

March 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

There’s a lot of talk going on lately about women’s rights and contraception.  Most of this talk is coming from old white men who have no idea what it’s like to have a uterus and have likely not even been around a real vagina in decades.  The latest words this week from an imbecile of a man (who is so vile and loathsome that he shall remain nameless here, as I’m pretty sure most of what he says is just for more attention anyway) make it seem like any woman who is interested in taking birth control must be a slut or a prostitute.  This man is ignorant about the way that women’s health and birth control pills actually work and yet his words were heard by members of Congress and now basically everyone in the country.  I have so much rage and anger towards this idiocy that I don’t really know where to begin but seeing as how this particular “man” is so thick-headed that a drill wouldn’t begin to make it through his skull (though it would be fun to try), trying to rationalize with him would be pointless.  And since I have ovaries I doubt he’d listen to me anyway.

Exactly

A feminist is any person (man or woman) who believes that there should be equality between men and women.  Feminism does not equate to be a militant evil woman hell-bent on destroying anything with a penis.  I’ve been a feminist all of my life and I would bet money that most rational, logical human beings are feminists as well, whether or not they would claim that title.  We are not bad or wrong people because we are standing up for our basic rights.

What’s scary is this whole women’s rights fiasco happening on Capitol Hill is supposed to be something that was settled decades ago.  It’s like we’re going back in time and fighting about things that have already been resolved in an effort to keep us distracted from more the more serious issues of today.  What’s really sad is that religious dogma has worked its way into politics and health care in a country that was founded on the separation of church and state.  Or did the current politicians forget what the founding fathers fought for?  These new guys have their heads so far up their asses that they don’t even seem to realize that shaming women for having sex will ultimately lead to a world where they do not get laid.  What do you think will happen then?  After they realize that they’re essentially cockblocking themselves, they’ll probably turn on women again and state that we’re not “doing our duty” by relieving their needs.  Closing our eyes and hoping for the best will lead to a social regression where we also close our eyes and think of England.  Although if I was expected to have sex with some of the men who are spouting off in Congress today, I’d close my eyes and think of something else too.

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