Monday, September 28, 2009

I Don't Need to be More Equal

It didn't take long this morning to find something that rattled my cage.  My Google Reader is nearing 1000 again and I'm hard at work sorting through the deluge to find the most important (IMHO) items for my readers.

American Spectator published a fine article, Women to the Rescue, concerning  Michelle Obama's attempt to make health care a "woman's issue."  I listened to the speech Michelle gave on September 18. This quote of hers sums up the objective of the speech:
"Health insurance reform and what it means for our families is very much a woman's issue," Obama said, speaking to a group of female advocacy leaders at the White House. "If we want to ensure women have opportunities that they deserve, if we want women to be able to care for their families and pursue things they could never imagine, then we have to reform the system."
 I'm not sure what women are supossed to be pursuing that they could never imagine. She seems to be making this a woman's issue because she thinks we are not "equal" enough yet.  While I agree that a woman should receive the same pay as a man when they are doing the same job and be allowed to vote,  lets take a moment and examine the real ramifications of the feminist movement for woman's equality.

One of the seminal moments in freeing women to be "more equal" was the advent of the birth control pill introduced in the 60's.  Now women could ingest what is essentially a poison into their bodies so that she could be used by men as a convenient receptacle rather than a equal and precious member of the human race.  The early pills were so high in estrogen that breast cancers surged. The human papilloma virus became the virus of choice for having all that "equal" sex, rendering many women sterile. HIV is rampant in women. How's that equality working for you so far?

If the pill failed and she became pregnant, an abortion center was just around the corner to solve her problem.  Her unwanted or inconvenient child could be chopped up and thrown in a landfill. If she was lucky the father would pay for the procedure. In most cases the guy was long gone and off to greener pastures. Mrs. Obama's husband would like to pass a health care bill to make abortion even more accessible. I guess we could call that a woman's issue.

All this equality meant that women could pursue "careers" and leave the raising of their children to a daycare worker who would witness her child's first smile or first steps.   Now they could spend the day commuting to the corporate world of men, and come home and still do the majority of the housework. Women who choose to stay home, and in some cases, take on the hard work of homeschooling, are ridiculed and marginalized by members of their own sex.

Being a single mom has become the norm rather than a sad state of affairs.  Due to welfare (more equality), over 75% of black children are born to single women. If we're so dang equal how come all those men out there aren't marrying us?

I'm not sure how more "equal" Mrs. Obama would like us to be.  We have heart attacks at the same or higher rates than men and are stressed and overworked.  Our children are undereducated because a daycare worker doesn't have the time to do a mother's job. We are so equal that the health care industry is foisting a dangerous vaccine on young girls to protect them against HPV.   We dress like tramps, speak like longshoremen, and have essentially lost all respect from men as the "gentler" sex.

I don't need that kind of equality...

7 comments:

Old Bob said...

BRAVO, Adrienne!! I was about 21 or 22 when The Pill came out, and I remember well what life was like before it. Thank you!! Keep it up!!

Austringer said...

Kudos, Adrienne!

I grew up in a culture very much shaped by contraception and a kind of hidden feminist agenda: as a young woman, I rejected the overt feminism that sought to wallow in victimhood and man-hating. Far more insidious, though, was the "hidden" agenda that I and so many others accepted hook, line, and sinker: that we needed to pursue our careers and become as self-sufficient as possible, becoming as aggressive and in control as possible. Then, when we got married, we would need to keep both incomes so we could afford the nice lifestyle. Then, we could bitch and moan about how much work we had to do -- why did we need those time-consuming husbands anyway??

There is an interesting article in this month's First Things magazine,titled something like "What Does Woman Want?". In pursuit of her point (which I won't get into here) the author cites PEW research showing that women's happiness has decreased substantially in the last 40 years. How's that all that liberation workin' out for us all, eh? Gosh, it used to be that a man had to prove himself by providing for his family: now we've made sure that he won't have to have a family (we can just use each other and have barren sport sex), or we've emasculated him and made him just one more drain on our already short time....

Adrienne said...

Austie - I did read that post. I'm going to add a link to it if I can find it.

As to the rest - we were sold a bill of goods, for sure!!

motherhen68 said...

Amazing post Adrienne! Thanks for putting this out there. My mom was one of the 1st generations to take the birth control pill. She was 56 when diagnosed w/breast cancer. Thankfully, she's in remission and we hope they caught it early enough.

Not only has the feminist movement caused women to be more unhappy, it's also created a slew of unmotivated men. Why should men prove themselves to win a woman when a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle? It's very frustrating as a mother of boys to see what they've got waiting for them in their future. I am praying daily for their future wives (or priestly vocations) to be good Catholic girls who are open to life and male leadership.

Mary said...

Women who choose to stay home, and in some cases, take on the hard work of homeschooling, are ridiculed and marginalized by members of their own sex.

Sometimes it goes the other way, too.

Adrienne said...

Matherhen - so true!

Adrienne said...

Mary - that would be a sad but true statement. Everyone should be respected for their decisions...