I apologize for my long absence but I have been struggling with an issue that challenges my ability to speak positively. My efforts to write this post consistently devolve into rants unworthy of this space. My patience and optimism are sorely tested by current political events, and a recent question posed by media as 2016 Candidates emerge: “Will misogyny be the new racism?”
I am insulted by the very question. When has misogyny ever been absent from our national landscape? When have misogyny and sexism ever been absent from the Judaio-Christian or Islamic worlds? Am I to believe females were treated equally among the cave people? Racism claims its own throne but Misogyny was already well-seated; feminism must be every color because misogyny discriminates vaginally rather than racially.
And I have seen the enemy, sadly, she is us. Every woman allowing herself to be reduced by her relationship with men exacts a price from us all. Every woman relying on a man for her survival as a matter of course reduces the value of us all. Every woman spending her energy competing with other women for the attentions of a man cheapens us all. Every woman quietly accepting less when she knows she deserves more is a co-conspirator.
How do we dare stand in the shadows of such as Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem, and Sally Ride, and still call ourselves “women?” I understand feminism is about the ability and willingness to make choices but choosing to live on our knees is something I will never understand.
Please. Please. Please – STAND UP!