“Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it isn’t really about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn’t about who can sit can who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it’s about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.” Chapter 23 – Margaret Atwood, A Handmaid’s Tale
Dear Stephen Harper:
I see what you’re doing and I don’t like it one god damned bit.
Cutting the time the public has to respond to environmental assessments, dismantling social programs, under funding Aboriginal education programs and this….motion 312. You and your politics sicken me.
As feminists, we are the victors of small battles but we’re miles away from winning the war against your kind. And by that, I don’t mean men (some men are awesome, supportive allies) I mean conservatives, religious right, classist, white people who suffer from entitlement issues.
In a previous post I wrote called: my body, my rights, I mentioned motion 312 – this is a Canadian Conservative government initiative to decide when ‘life begins’ in the womb.
A body of male politicians will be working on this report with no input, it would appear, from the 51% of people in this country who it affects most.
This is what women in this country are doing about it:
I am not just ranting about this, I’ve done something about it as well. I wrote my local Member of Parliament saying that this was disgraceful and I did not want her to support it.
I read online she is choosing not to support it because apparently, she has received from pressure from her constituents. YAY!!!
Personally, pregnancy is not something I have to worry about on a day-today basis, but my straight female friends do.
If they don’t have access to safe and affordable birth control and reproductive health options, then I’m going to join in the fight. My straight friends were allies in the fight for same-sex marriage, I support their right to choose.
The more voices, the harder it will be to ignore us…I’m not easily ignored Mr. Harper 😉
Don’t get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects.
I suppose furious is more like it.
In my local community, a social media group event was mobilised to help protest the denial of city funding for a women’s shelter.
This shelter is known for helping women and children escape domestic violence.
One woman wrote a long rant, as did a lot of us, about how the city found money for business projects and a new sports complex but not for the women’s shelter.
Then another person proceeded to cut that woman down by insulting her grammar and spelling. On a blog supporting an event to raise funds for violence against women, here was this person, shitting on a woman for not having perfect spelling and grammar.
I flew into a rage.
I had to know who this person is that decided to come down on a woman who maybe, wasn’t well-educated, who was raising children, maybe low income, because maybe she has other shit to worry about aside from how well she writes.
Maybe she had escaped a violent spouse and was expressing her outrage as a result. Who cares why she was commenting, it was her right, she has freedom of speech.
Ofcourse, the offending human who was reprimanding this woman’s spelling was a man.
What the fuck?!
Excuse my language but the sad irony is disgusting.
Here we are, participating in a dialogue about how to protect women from violence and here he is, this insect of a human being telling this woman he disapproves of her grammar.
I have no respect for people like that.
Well, in general I have no respect for people but I try to keep that under wraps as best I can.
I have a brother, male friends and co-workers that I like so don’t paint me with the brush of lesbian, feminist, man basher, but this guy makes me feel the following:
“There are two perfectly good men, one dead and the other unborn.”
Feminist! There, I said it.
I don’t know why young women think this word is evil and usually associate it with angry, man-hating lesbians who worship the moon and I don’t know, animal sacrifice?
There is a definite backlash against women who choose to identify themselves as feminist, even though the word feminist simply means believing in equal rights for women.
Believe we have equal rights do you?
Then why are politicians making decisions behind closed doors about birth control?
Who does the giving birth? women.
Did you know we all still make 70 cents to a man’s dollar?
Why aren’t half the CEOs in the world women since the population is 54% women and 46% men?
Were you ever told you couldn’t do something because ‘nice girls’ don’t do that?
Do you envision a future for your daughters and granddaughters as one where women get famous through sex-tapes and appearing on ‘reality’ tv?
When female politicians are judged on their looks, asked about their families, ‘what does your husband think?’
That young men are still slapped on the back and called studs when they sleep with young women and youmng women are still called sluts…
Doesn’t this make you angry and sad? It makes me surly and hostile.
International women’s day is coming, find out what’s happening in your community to honour that day and show people in your town, your city and your country, that feminists are real women, with husbands or children, jobs and happy lives who simply demand a fair piece of the pie.
“Men, their rights and nothing more, women, their rights and nothing less.”
If you have time, visit the website for international women’s day:
give to an organization that helps women, volunteer or just write your own blog about it. I challenge you!