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National Women's Day. Needs work.

So, National Women's Day. Following close upon months of battles over birth control, access to abortion and family planning, Virginia's sonogram law (which very nearly became medical rape but as signed is both ultimately pointless and laughably hypocritical), and Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Flukes a slut and a prostitute and demanding sex tapes of her. The New York Times ran a front-page story today on women in Texas losing health care options. The article makes no mention of National Women's Day but still, I hope they chose it on purpose to make a point.

On balance, I find that National Women's Day has depressed more than empowered me. I feel as though a horde of filthy rodents are nibbling away with their diseased grimy teeth at my right to self-determination. These rights that sensible and intelligent men and women of the past 200 years fought for and won -- I thought everyone today recognized them as simple justice and common sense. I didn't realize we were taking them for granted, I thought we'd just grown beyond that particular brand of idiocy.

Well, let's all remember this when we go to vote. Butt the fuck out, conservatives. Go focus on business and leave morality to the individual.

Shout-outs to: Olympe de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Sanger, Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Victoria Woodhull, and all fellow travelers. Your torches still burn.

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ladyoneill
Mar. 9th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
delphipsmith
Mar. 9th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! I really needed that today :/
nursedarry
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:17 am (UTC)
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!

Now you know why I live here.

Bloody hell.
delphipsmith
Mar. 9th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
I know, it's madness. Well, we'll see what happens in November. I hope all the Republicans lose.
shiv5468
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:58 am (UTC)
I despair of the Republicans, I really do
delphipsmith
Mar. 9th, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
Moi aussi. It's enough to make you suspect that the initiation ritual for new Republicans consists of being shoved in a back room where their brains are eaten by the old ones...
ennyousai
Mar. 9th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It's really infuriating. I usually consider myself fairly easy going, but for the past year or so, probably longer, I just want to go walking around finding politicians and punching their lights out.
delphipsmith
Mar. 10th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Exactly!! But for some inconceivable reason, society frowns on this...
nursedarry
Mar. 9th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
http://luciusbigbang.livejournal.com/

This'll make everything better.
delphipsmith
Mar. 10th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Ahhhhh....yes....better already ;)
dreamy_dragon73
Mar. 9th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
It's annoying beyond words.
Maybe this will cheer you up a bit?
delphipsmith
Mar. 10th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
That totally *rocks* -- thank you :D
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