Yesterday's fiasco of a House Oversight Committee, chaired, sadly, by a Congressman from my own state, should be seen as a galvanizing kick in the pants for women across this country. I personally am a crappy feminist, or maybe I'm a great one. I'm incredibly proud to take care of my man when I'm home and take care of business when I'm at work. I love that he's the alpha in our household, but I am the omega, without which his decision-making power would have no electricity, no clean clothes, no updated car registration, and no dinner.
That's not really my point, but I wanted to get some clarification in about where I stand, and how not an activist I am. The recent events are turning me into one, far more rapidly than the GOP or Catholic bishops could ever have realized.
I was raised Catholic, I was raised GOP, and I think women need to stand up, join together, and walk outside screaming, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
Women's health is being used as a political hackysack, when it has no business being anywhere near the playing field. Taking care of the women who ensure the future of the human race should be a no-brainer. Right-to-lifers, if you are concerned about too many abortions, make sure that poor women who know that they can't afford a child, or another child, have access to free birth control, IUDs or other methods of contraception, and that high school students who might become sexually active have access to the information they need to avoid unplanned pregnancy. Pro-choicers, if you truly believe women deserve the right to choose, why are you still playing Frontierville instead of writing to every Congressman and Senator in our Government, and President Obama as well?
As long as we practice silent, passive-aggressive seething, which, incidentally, is as terrible for normal relationships as it is for the political state of women's healthcare, the buffoons without ovaries who met yesterday will continue to posture, pontificate, bluster and gloss over the huge benefits birth control pills for even the teenagers who are just on it for regulating their menstrual cycle. Focusing on women's health is good for the financial health of this entire country.
Those of us who have a voice need to turn it towards Capitol Hill to fight for those who don't - illegal immigrant women who are working three jobs to get food on their own tables and send money home to her family in her native country besides; the single cocktail waitress who adores her little boy but doesn't know where next month's rent is coming from, much less how to pay for her birth control prescription; the college student who is working her way through school because her folks are busy trying to raise the younger children they have at home. They need us. They need all of us, who are even a little better off, to fight for them.