Feminism 101: Women in Government

With all the shit going on in Texas regarding women’s rights lately, I thought it would be a good time to slap this sucker up.

The last time a woman was in charge of the American government, it wasn’t America yet.

So there are more women in the United States than men (there are 96.7 males to every 100 females as of 2010)  however women only make up 18% of Congress and 20% of the Senate, and that is a record. What?

Women are grossly underrepresented in the government, and that becomes an issue when women’s reproductive rights are a main issue in the country. I’m not going to get into that argument until I’m way drunker and way angrier, but as a woman, knowing that there are tons of angry old men yelling at each other about my vagina is a little worrisome and it really sucks a lot.

Holla to my girl Leticia Van De Putte, who , during the Texas Abortion Filibuster, gave the following quote: ““At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?”  and doesn’t that get the point across entirely? If the majority gender of our country is female, why doesn’t our government reflect that. Women who know what it feels like to have a vagina, be pregnant, sympathize with victims of rape, who understand domestic violence and who’ve had a first-hand experience with the glass ceiling and overcoming the patriarchy. Why is this not happening?

I mean, a lot of it is on us as voters, a lot of it has to do with women pursuing different career paths in the legal system. Personally I think a lot of it comes from the fact that we’re raised to believe that women can’t be leaders. Like, in a “standard” family, the father earns the most money and makes the big decisions, the mother raises the kids and manages the household but the dad is viewed as the leader.  Are you diggin’ me? And because of this the women we do have in government are masculinized and what’s worse than that is that we then criticize them for not being feminine enough.

Remember when everyone kept talking about how hot Sarah Palin was when she was first announced as McCain’s VP selection? Or like every time anyone criticizes a female politician for what she wears, her hair and face, too pretty/not pretty enough. Remember when we talked about how women are only valued for their appearance? It matters because it says that we won’t listen to a woman unless she’s attractive, which puts her sexuality over her intelligence which falls right back into how we think of women as sexual objects instead of people.

And there’s going to be that one MRA who says something like “What about Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin? Those are the types of women in government and they’re stupid.” and then I say fuck you because even with making up a fifth or less of our government, we have senators like Wendy Davis, who was so dedicated to her cause she had a 7 hour filibuster and we have fuckin CONDI, Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Sebelius and a ton of other women who are strong political individuals.

And also, I’m pretty sure male politicians are actually scared of vaginas because of these things:

A woman silenced for saying “vagina” in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Tampons and pads being confiscated in the Texas capitol.

Todd Akin’s comments on how a woman can shut down a pregnancy from rape with her body.

Foster Freiss’s quote on contraception: “You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.”

And on and on. I mean, it is actually everywhere.

Fun Fact!: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uganda all have more women in government than the United States! List of countries who are better than us at equality: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/27/1137274/-The-Gender-Gap-Percentage-of-Women-in-Government-Worldwide-We-re-Number-One-Right-Not-So-Much#

One thought on “Feminism 101: Women in Government

  1. I can't even explain my rage with this whole thing going on in Texas. Just sayin', guns are allowed in the capital and tampons aren't. Does no one else see a problem with that?!?!?!


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