My vision? A feminist movement that works toward a world where no one is limited or defined by their gender identity.
A quote from Miriam in her goodbye post to Feministing. Even if you’ve never followed her work, I strongly suggest reading about her thoughts on the future of feminism and where the movement needs to go in order to be successful.
Barack Obama is asking women what it would mean to them if they didn’t have to cover the basic health care of birth control. Here was my answer:
This policy will impact my life because I’ll know that every month, I’ll be able to be safe.
I’ll be able to control my painful cramps enough to go to my job every day.
I’ll be able to know that if I choose to be intimate, I’ll be responsible about it.
I’ll know that every month, I’ll have that extra $50 to spend on food, necessities, and my asthma medication.
I’ll be able to know that even if I have to take a lower paying job some day, I won’t have to choose between birth control and dinner.
I’ll be able to control when or if I have children, and how many.
I’ll be able to work in a career and know there’s minimal chance of me getting pregnant and having to cost the company money with maternity leave.
These benefits are numerous and I know I am not alone in them.
This benefits everyone – women, men, children, companies, families. Everyone is effected by birth control access in some way – being able to control not only your own health, but your own family planning is what allows 50% of the population to move forward and, in that, progress America.
To put yet another hurdle to birth control in the way of women is to say, “I do not want America to move forward. I do not want our workforce strong, our population under control, or our people happy.”
I hear this a lot:
“Can I be a feminist if I shave my legs?”
“Can I be a feminist if I make a sandwich for my husband?”
“Can I be a feminist if I wouldn’t have an abortion?”
“Can I be a feminist if I am Catholic?”
“Can I be a feminist if I am a stay at home mom?”
The answer to all of these and more is a resounding YES! Yes, you can wear an apron, clean the kitchen, get married and have 100 babies and still be a feminist.
Unlike misogynists/sexists – feminism believes you should have the choice to do or be something, rather than having the choice made for you on the sole basis that you are a woman.
Feminism isn’t about how you look, what happens in your uterus (or even having a uterus), your religion, your marriage, your home life, your past, or who you make a sandwich for.
It’s about having the choice to be or not be something – and making that choice on your own time and benefit. To be a mother, or a wife, or a CEO, or a rockstar. It’s about choosing to be hairy or hairless, a breadwinner or a bread baker (or neither, or both), Catholic or Atheist or a worshiper of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
So yes, you can be a feminist if you shave your legs. Or don’t have a uterus. Or do want to keep your baby. Or do want to stay at home. It’s not any of my business what you choose to do or be – but I will defend your right to choose it.
Mississippi sure knows how to solve a problem!
They have the highest poverty rate in all of North America.
They have the highest rate of childhood obesity.
They have the 8th highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the country.
And their shining crown of glory – the highest rate of teen pregnancy births in the country.
It’s a recession, people are out of work, fed up with wars, lack of resources, and fickle government. They’re getting knocked up all over the damn place and then feeding their children crappy food because nutrition education is lacking.
NEVER FEAR! yells a bunch of batshit insane ultra conservatives, WE HAVE THE ANSWER!
The answer to solve your most pressing problems of poverty, obesity, HIV, and teen pregnancy…
At last, something that focuses on the hard hitting problems that effect everyone: what is happening with someone else’s body.
Mississippi’s Amendment 26 looks to create a “protection of personhood for anyone of any developmental stage” meaning some sperm that’s wigglin’ it’s way in to an egg (or before, because conception is like fertilization, and pregnancy is a punishment for sex).
The poorly written, holier-than-though, white-top-class-privilege-denying load of shit defines personhood as beginning at fertilization or “the functional equivalent there of”, meaning the pill, Plan B, IUDs, the patch or anything that equals conception.
But that’s not a big deal, because sex is for procreation only which is why it’s a public matter and not pleasurable or natural, and therefor unneeded.
Also it solves the state’s problems, which was what again? Oh yeah, abortions and stuff. Priorities!
Mississippi readers, vote no on Amendment 26 so that rape and incest victims, those who enjoy sex, those looking to in vitro-fertilization, those who are married and don’t want more kids, those who cannot afford more children, and the common person don’t have to have their body and actions regulated by the government.
UPDATE: It didn’t pass, hoorah hoorah! While this is just a small victory (the amendment is going up in other states), it is still a big step! Keep fighting, uterus-defender!