Posts Tagged women’s rights

Old Husband’s Tales

A brutally honest article from Martha Spong, UCC minister, at HuffPo.  The Money Quote:

Old Husbands’ Tales are based in a belief that women are unequal to men, that they are in effect property to be used at will. What’s a “legitimate” rape? An attack by a stranger on an innocent virgin? It’s an Old Husbands’ Tale that there can be no rape in marriage, because a man has the right to do what he wants with his wife. It’s an Old Husbands’ Tale that a woman can run faster with her skirt up than a man with his pants down. (Yes, some people call that a joke.) It’s an Old Husbands’ Tale that “men have needs,” and that takes us down other roads that show a disregard for women as a class. It’s an Old Husbands’ Tale that women don’t even know if they’ve been raped.

The whole thing is worth a read.

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Why Aren’t American Women Angrier?

Given that the Republican party has been indulging in some of the most absurd antics imaginable and are actively pursuing policies that hurt women, I can’t figure out for the life of me why American women aren’t unbelievably, publicly, and undeniably angrier.

EJ Graf – pondering something similar – posted at The American Prospect:

My world has changed since I first came out in the Mesozoic era. Back then, I thought women were easily on the road to full equality, and could rest. Making it possible to introduce “my friend” without fear was far more exciting. That’s flipped. Now it feels as if I’ve won as a lesbian, but that as a woman, things have been utterly static and sometimes worse. Toy aisles are far more gendered than when I was young. There is less access to abortion than when I was young. The gendered wage gap has been effectively stagnant for about fifteen years. I could go on. I deeply hope that the ferment of the past months means, as Linda Hirshman suggests, that the women’s movement, that sleeping beauty, is reawakening.

Is there a point at which American are going to get fed up with a government that is too often actively hostile to their interests and needs, that allows men to pontificate about women’s lives and pass laws that affect women’s every day freedoms?  Are we at or past that tipping point?

 

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