A new wave of the “feminist” movement is beginning – the fourth wave – the one where we as women have to take back control over our reproductive systems, our professions, our politics, our lives before the GOP Dinosaurs with a choke hold on government legislate us back to the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant and looking more like “Stepford Wives” every day.
We are in the throes of a war on women around legislative initiatives regarding the following: access to reproductive health services, particularly birth control and abortion services; how violence against women is prosecuted; how rape is defined for purposes of public funding of abortion for rape victims; how workplace discrimination against women is treated; litigation concerning equal pay for women, policies that reduce or eliminate taxpayer funding for women’s health organizations, like Planned Parenthood; and other areas of concern like mandatory employer insurance coverage of such matters as contraception and sterilization. After all, Viagra is covered!
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has continually marginalized the issue by describing it as a fiction created by Democrats and the media, as if suggesting that Republicans had a “war on caterpillars”. I’m sure they would wage war on caterpillars if caterpillars got in the way of their misogynistic, antiquated ideals that serve to push everyone but old white men to the back of the bus and the bottom of the money pile.
Republicans have crawled so far up our hoohahs lately that they should start carrying tampons in their pockets. It’s as if they think women aren’t capable of making decisions about our bodies, our children, our lives. I don’t remember seeing some old white guy line up to take care of Auntie Flo when she visits every month, or deliver that baby vaginally with no anesthesia or have their lower abdomen sliced open to remove the baby, or have their uterus fall out their yingyang because they’ve had multiple children, or turn their breasts into milk fountains that end up just above their knees later on. I could go on and on, but you get the idea.
Note to Congress: until you “woman up” and push a watermelon-sized baby out through your wanker, you have absolutely NO say regarding what I do or do not do with my private parts.
Did you know that State legislatures across the United States introduced 1100 provisions restricting women’s reproductive rights in 2011?The first quarter of 2012 saw an additional 944 provisions introduced in state legislatures, half of which would restrict access to abortion. When taking into account other legislation intended to police women’s body, like measures regarding birth control or teenage pregnancy, the Guttmacher Institute estimates that states proposed more than 600 provisions about reproduction in the first three months of 2013 alone. We are on track to break a record here and that is NOT good news.
At the national level, the ruckus over health insurance reform has zeroed in on access to contraception. Contraception. When was the last time birth control was a viable topic for political debate? The fact that 99 percent of women use contraception at some point in their lifetimes suggests it is only a “choice” in the same way food is a “choice.” Yet the crippling language of choice has been deployed this year to suggest that if women want to be sexually active, well, there are trade-offs they must make, up to and including their jobs.
It’s time for the fourth wave to become a tsunami. We are more than 50% of the population. We need to let them know we are not going to lay back and take it anymore.