Saturday, June 16, 2012

I have a vagina!

And I vote.

Unbelievable nonsense going on in the Michigan state congressional house.  Unbelievable.  No matter where you come down personally in the abortion debate, banning female legislators from speaking because they use the word "vagina" is absolutely ridiculous.  And archaic. 

I don't understand the purpose of legislating women's bodies.  I don't understand the attacks on Planned Parenthood, an organization whose sole purpose is to offer health care to women in need.

I admit, I also don't understand women who would vote against another woman's right to make her own choice about her own body.  But historically, this happens over and over again (suffrage, ERA as prime examples).

I wish that all women thought of  all women as sisters.  Members of the same tribe that have similar experiences in spite of large differences.  When it comes to voting for the well-being of all women, is it possible to focus on our similarities as women, rather than being continually divided by our differences?

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." - Audre Lorde


In allowing men who have legislative power to determine what can be talked about, what can be voted on, what can become a 'wrong" or a "right," women risk losing our collective voice.  Focusing the discussion on abortion is a smoke screen, a political maneuver that intends to divide a strong voting block = women.  Women are being very effectively silenced, limited to one possible valuable experience, that of potential motherhood, by the abortion debate.  As women, we know we are much more than our ability to carry a child.  So much more!  Yet this is the only debate that current legislators want to discuss.  Not equal wages.  Not health care in general.  Not the society of violence that we all live in.  Not the needed changes in education.  Abortion.  It's a wedge issue, guaranteed to deflect the real issues that concern women.  And men who love and support equality for women.  Men who trust women to make informed decisions about their bodies.  About their vaginas.

I have a vagina.  And I vote.  

 

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  1. What's the big deal in Michigan why it seems that the word vagina is such a big issue.

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  2. Crazy, isn't it? Honestly, I think it has much more to do with silencing women. Especially women who are bold enough to voice their disagreement or discontent with what's going on with the current legislation. The scary part = these legislators actually practice shutting women out of decisions that directly affect their lives.

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