Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Slut, whore and other ridiculous names

 “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”
-Elizabeth Taylor



If anything has made me cringe with disgust and fear from the far right it has been their consistent attack on women and the reaction they get from me angers me even more...because it makes me want to break out the duct tape, cover their mouths and say "shut the F up".  That makes me angry because while that is what I am feeling what I am thinking is that they have a right to their speak of their views openly.  For this internal struggle I dislike them even more.

The rhetoric against women has become universal.  I will not say it is the right of a religious group to mandate the covering of women, to make women feel that uncovered they are somehow less worthy of their beliefs in a higher power.  I will not agree that religious institutions (who are tax exempt for the most part) get ANY say in how federal tax dollars are spent...cause you did not contribute any to that pool.  I cannot imagine that no one has screamed that these organizations are basically publicizing that they openly must discriminate in their hiring practices....because otherwise how do they justify the fact that they do not want to offer to have healthcare pay for birth control unless they only hire people who adhere to that religious code?  Mostly I just am struggling to understand how we got to this sad, sad moment in history.

Women like sex! There I said it...bring on the fatwa.  They do and if they didn't I would say the people who want to have sex with them should be really sad.  There is nothing wrong with this statement yet throughout history it has been used to diminish women, to cover them up, to stifle them and to brand them as less in  societies. It has always been amazing me to me that a man who has sex with as many partners as his imagination will allow, oh I mean with as many partners as he claims to, is called in most languages by names that raise his status among men.  He is virile, stud, man among men.  A woman who does this though is seem through a dirty set of glasses she is after all a slut, a whore, a degenerate.  In history women have been institutionalized, accused of witchcraft and let's not forget that nymphomaniac is a mental disorder only applied to women...oh please.  Why is women's sexuality so scary to men that they have to make it a disorder???

So to all those who feel sex ...sex ....sex is the reason for all that ails us. Those who think that sex is the thing that they should control for others because they have so successfully repressed it in themselves. For all those who think that the only issues facing us in the US and the world are whether women that choose to burn their literal or metaphorical burkas and bras.  For you all I say stop ....look around you...this is hate talk as vile as anything Hitler, Amin, Stalin or any other despot spouted.   Stop calling women names and start calling on each other to figure out how to rebuild economies and the world for those children you so keep saying you care about. Mostly start accepting that  men and women are equals..not the same...but equals.

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again.......Helen Reddy

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