I love being a woman, but not a woman in today's media.
Today's woman is either silent, quiet, loud or crazy. Politicians have been staging a war on women, and I'm surprised to hear the responses from the ladies: SILENCE. Our government has been assaulting our bodies by legislating abortions, ultrasounds, birth control and our sexual preference. And on all of my friends' Facebook walls and Tweets, there is virtually no discussion about these acts (but I can tell you about all sorts of Pinterest-y ideas).
I am angry.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Missouri GOP's Senate candidate, Todd Akin, recently went on the record saying that “If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." According to research, 32,101 pregnancies a year are from rape victims. Since those women's bodies didn't terminate the pregnancy, does this make their experiences less legitimate?
Try explaining THAT to the new mother coming out of the hospital.
But really, do we need research and statistics to show that this guy made a huge mistake in front of that camera? Hopefully Missouri will show up in November and vote against this man; when you are in power, you are held to a higher standard. And just because you can say something doesn't mean you should. Hopefully Akin will learn his lesson with Missouri women getting out and exercising their beautiful right to vote — for the other side, and ironically, a woman.
I said, 'vagina'
In June, Michigan Representative Lisa Brown was barred from speaking on the House floor after she used the word "vagina" after a passionate debate in regards to abortion. She was no longer allowed to share opinions on any other issues because the House leaders found her word to be uncomfortable and inappropriate.
The technical term, inappropriate? I know for a fact that this word comes up in local fifth-grade curriculum. But in a House discussion, it is off-limits, thankyouverymuch.
What was that about birth control?
Back in March, Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" because she believed birth control should be covered under insurance plans. This infuriates me for two reasons: The obvious ones are the harsh, ugly, hateful words that Mr. Limbaugh used on record towards someone he had never encountered, and the fact that these men DO NOT UNDERSTAND BIRTH CONTROL.
A women could probably lose count as to how many friends have used birth control to regulate cycles and such because of hormonal issues, NOT because they are promiscuous. But do men really know this?
These are OUR bodies, ladies
I am infuriated that a group of men who have no idea how the women's body works can legislate my vagina and silence our opinions, but today I was thankful for a tweet from President Obama, "Politicians shouldn't be making health care decisions on behalf of woman."
And that, I can stand behind.
This isn't about political sides or lines, this is about our bodies being pawns in campaigns and debates to get the votes. Call me whatever name you will, but I DO have a voice and I won't be silenced. I will fight for equal rights for EVERYBODY.
Where are the other women voices?
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