Hello. I realize that my blog is called a Bonney blog, and is thus supposed to be about happy, lovely, pretty things. But I’m taking a break from chatting about flowers, sunshine, and travel to tell you something: I am angry.
I’ll tell you why. I am really really sick and tired of the current public discourse about women’s issues. I feel I am constantly being offended and put upon by a blatantly sexist system these days. For goodness’ sake. This is 2012. I am nearly shocked that every time I turn on my computer right now, articles like this one pop up:
Senate judiciary committee endorses controversial contraceptive bill
If you don’t care to read it, it is basically a bill stating that employers have the right to deny birth control coverage to female employees if the employers have “religious objections” to the use of contraception.
I can’t believe that I live in the state that inspired this article:
When States Abuse Women
And this subsequent comic strip:
No matter what you think about abortion, seeing a comic strip about a woman “in the stirrups” is an embarrassment.
I am angry about seeing a presidential candidate blithely dismiss funding for a (granted, controversial) organization that provides preventative healthcare for thousands of underprivileged women:
DISCLAIMER: I realize that there is a strong argument against government funding for Planned Parenthood from those who believe abortion is immoral. I can see the point that even though tax dollars don’t go to abortions directly, having them to go a program that has a different morality is disconcerting to people who believe that life begins at conception. That is valid argument with a place in public discourse. I am not here to say whether government funding for PP is right or wrong. But ending funding for a program that provides affordable pap smears, cancer screenings, and standard healthcare to so many women should be a serious consideration. His tone of, “Oh! That stupid useless program!” is offensive no matter what side of the fence you fall on.
I AM ANGRY about the fact that there is even a need for articles like this one:
I am sick to tears of having my anatomy and hormones be a political issue. I am sick of name-calling of both conservative and liberal women. I am sick of the lack of humility and consideration about these incredibly sensitive issues.
It’s not about politics, it’s about respect.
I am so angry that I’ve had dear friends call me in tears because men in their life have called them terrible things, abused them, or humiliated them.
I am angry that found out this week that I was let go from my job because I am a nice and sweet person and would go quietly. Talk about questionable ethics. I’m not even sure what to call that. “Nicenessism?” “Kindness discrimination?” How about simple, easy “sexism.” Young women are notoriously asked to take
too many things lying down.
Yeah, sexual pun
Well, I’m not lying down now.
The talks about women these days sound like something out of an
Onion article. We Women have fought too long for our rights to have our personal lives become fodder for a politician. We women have battled for respect for too long to have men call us nasty names in any platform, ever (cough cough, Rush Limbaugh). Hormone-regulating (aka birth control) pills have too many health benefits to women besides contraception for health insurance companies to get away with not covering them. No woman should ever be forced to reveal her medical history to her employer for the sake of receiving health coverage. These facts are so obvious I’m astounded I even have to state them.
I’m angry that the term “feminism” can’t be allowed to die, because there is clearly such a need for it. I am a woman. And I’ll say it again. I AM ANGRY.