Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Happy International Women's Day!

Luckily, I do have a computer, even though I had to use it for AP American History exam studying all day and now have to do a late Blog Against Sexism.

But oh well, I'm here now and that's all that matters.

I think I'll take my short little humble e-soapbox time to address those who don't believe sexism still exists on Blog Against Sexism Day, and on International Women's Day, and especially in Women's History Month. It seems as though your numbers are growing and that bothers me above all else.

Women still make less on the dollar than men.

I think that is awful. How long have women been in the workforce? Does it really take this long to gain equality in the workforce? No wonder we have the mommy wars going on. Maybe some women are tired of making less on the dollar! Well, that's probably a little far-fetched, but still. :)

We have men making awful comments about what the "perfect rape victim" would be, and we have people pitting woman against woman in a mud-wrestling match for who gets the right to bodily autonomy.

This year has marked a near-record number of anti-choice legislation (Not pro-life, this is specifically anti-choice). Women's access to contraception is still being held up by political hassles four years later (but don't worry ladies, that faulty boob job that your man wants you to get him for his birthday? They're FDA approved. Ready and waiting to give you health problems out the whazoo). Not to mention, if a man wanted to GET a woman pregnant, he can be sure that his Viagra is covered by federal funding.

To top it all off, we have rape victims being forced to carry pregnancies in South Dakota now, and 11 more states following in their theocratic, patriarchical footsteps. They just can't wait to make women baby-machines this year.

If this is not sexism, if this is a country that has reached gender equality, I'm wondering what the hell women have come from in the past.

This is not gender equality. This is not an age where feminism is no longer needed. This is Blog About Sexism Day and it has a purpose. It's purpose has not been met. If you tell me that there is no more sexism, I will most certainly tell you that you haven't been paying attention.

P.S. - LiveJournal For Choice is campaigning for a letter writing campaign to Oprah so she will do a show on choice and hopefully wake some women up. Please participate.


[Lily.] said...

Right back at ya. <3.

Drew said...

Female mud-wrestling? Where?

Anyway...I thought that the South Dakota law wasn't going to be enforced until held up in court.