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D.C. march sets all women back
Submitted by Cary S. Hines on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 12:00am
Believe it or not, I’m not defined by my female parts.
I care about a slew of issues, including the economy and international relations. I care about national security, our national debt. I care about the Constitution. I even care about health care, but all health care, not just the stuff that pertains to my female parts. My thyroid was surgically removed a few years back. I have to take a pill every day for the rest of my life because of it. That rates way higher on my health care priority list.
But apparently, a whole lot of women are defined by theirs as evidenced by the thousands who marched Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. Why else would they have worn silly costumes and banned a group of pro life women from marching?
As a side note, can anyone imagine the brouhaha men would have stirred up had they marched in Washington, D.C., while wearing comparable costumes? I’m guessing most would have found that scenario to be completely unacceptable. “Think about the children!” However, that’s a scenario that would never happen because men are defined by much more than their body parts.
Women should enjoy the same treatment. Our issues extend much further than our body parts. But as long as we dress up in kooky costumes and disavow any woman who isn’t pro choice, we will be marginalized and viewed as a single-issue segment of the population.
Those pro life women had plenty of reasons for marching the day after the inauguration. They disagree with lots of issues President Donald J. Trump campaigned and won on. And they wanted their voices heard. But female body parts and a pro choice stance were the lone requirements for inclusion in the march. And since they failed the second litmus test, they weren’t allowed to stand in solidarity with other women voicing their concerns over the new administration.
I’m disappointed that marches and demonstrations such as these have minimized “women’s issues” to contraception and abortions, period. These women aren’t doing the rest of us any favors. Anyone who thought we weren’t bright enough to comprehend and consider “men’s issues” before has just been proven right.
These women have sent a clear message to the rest of the world: American women care about one thing only: their body parts. They don’t care about jobs, they don’t care about terrorism, they don’t care about any of our rights except the one that was born out of Roe v. Wade.
These women who came so close to getting a female in the Oval Office haven’t done any women, including themselves, any favors with these antics. Nobody wants a single-issue commander in chief.
Yet they’ve gone out of their way to corroborate a negative stereotype that can’t possibly help the next female presidential candidate.
Why would anyone vote for her knowing what they know now?
If that’s all anyone thinks women care about, how will a woman ever take the oath of office?
This march has set all women back.
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