[This was the meat of the May 25, 2004, Women's Room BW newsletter. (It was edited for some links that no longer exist and the like.) How amazing -- and upsetting -- that this all remains applicable a decade later.]
“A lot of the hate mail I get is clearly misogynist. I am a proud liberal, feminist woman, and the hate mail I get about those three things is not about me. It’s about those signifiers, and about what the right in this country has managed to do to perpetuate anger over what they mean.”
~ Janeane Garofalo ~
I know that politics is about as personal as sex (all references to strange bedfellows aside), and that I am not the official poster-girl for political information, but seriously, this is one election year that as a woman you should be paying attention to.
Women’s rights – not just the right to your own body, but your health – is at stake.
Hell, healthcare for everyone in the US is at stake. Why are we the ‘wealthiest, most powerful nation’ & the one big player without a health care program for its citizens?!
The war matters. It should. You must have an opinion on that – if only that you hate the idea of war, September 11, folks dying, something must move you.
You also have a million & 3 reasons to be interested in your local elections. Education, for example. Even if you don’t have children of your own, the fact is that ‘those kids’ are your future. They will create jobs, rob your homes if they believe that is the best way to provide for their drug habits, and they will be the ones changing your diapers in the old age home or hospital…
And what about your strange bedfellows? Do you want government telling you what gender you consenting adult must be? Or your marriage partner? Yeah, there are still old laws on the books about this, and about specific forms of sex that are illegal also, but for the most part they are unenforceable. They can’t break in & prove it – well, if your rights to privacy still exist. Which leads us back to candidates & issues regarding terrorism & the war…
The point is you still have plenty of time to read & research about the issues & the candidates.
You can find out more about the candidates than you can a prospective lover, so what’s your excuse?
Get informed, get an opinion & get prepared to vote. Then vote.
After all, who do you want to spend the next four years in bed with?
This has been GK, with a rant.
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