08 September 2012

The Feminine Impasse

I find myself disturbed to read the news lately. There just have been plenty of news reports that make me think why there are people elected into office that act the way they do.

So, there's the debate in the Philippines about the Reproductive Health Bill. There's also the debate here in the USA about "legitimate rape" and abortion. Then, you also see countries like Iran that ban women from entering college.

What exactly do men think? Do men really think that women are second-class citizens? That's stupid. The last time I checked, we aren't in the 1920s anymore. The last time I checked, women's rights weren't an issue anymore.

But then I guess I have been living under a rock. I guess I have been too much of an idealist. Because seriously, it seems that we still do not think in equal terms when it comes to women.

You see male politicians trying to define what actually counts as rape. You see male politicians defining what is good or not good for a woman's uterus, when they themselves don't have one. You see male politicians going all the way to plagiarizing other people's opinions (as if opinions written in blogs are free game and up for grabs without proper attributions). You see male clerics trying to maintain a male-dominated society by restricting access to universities for females.

Men in this planet should be ashamed of themselves. What if Aristophanes was right? What if women restrict sexual pleasure to these men and revolt? Would that be a solution?

The thing is, these men won't exist if not for the women who gave birth to them. They should remember that. They should remember that when deciding what they think is good for women and what they think isn't. I am sick of reading about these men who think they know everything there is to know about women's bodies, up to the point of legislating things, when they themselves have no idea what it is like to be raped, what it is like to be forcibly taken and have a throbbing penis stuck into their vaginas.

Think about that.

(Random Collection, from my Museum of Modern Art Series)

8 comments:

  1. What's even more interesting is there are some women who support these kinds of men. I don't really get it!

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    1. Charles,

      Very true. One would hope that women can think for themselves about their own health. But alas, no, that is not the case, as evidenced by the female supporters that the Republicans still have.

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  2. Agreed, I don't understand how some women can support these backward ideas! In France, there is also a debate about the fact women are often called out in the street, and that the comments they may get are fairly blunt (like if you wear a skirt, you could hear things like "come and suck my big... etc.). Unfortunately, French men don't seem to understand that it's NOT okay to use these kinds of "pick up lines".

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    1. Zhu,

      I wonder what would happen if women also use those pick up lines to men, whether men would think it is appropriate or not. But unfortunately, I have a guess that men would think that is perfectly fine.

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  3. Males and females form the primary entities of a species like ours. If one doesn't consider these two entities as equals, achieving liberation and equality for sexual, racial, linguistic and other minorities would be impossible! If we think of society as an organism, to me gender equality would be a part of its physiological needs (Maslow's foundational hierarchy). You might have seen this picture.

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    1. Priyank,

      Yes, I agree. Unfortunately, most males in this planet thinks that there is a difference between males and females, when, even at the basic level, males cannot exist without the females that gave birth to them.

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  4. When I was working in Saudi Arabia, I could see how women really take the back seat in their very patriarchal society. They could not drive, they could not go abroad unescorted, they can't have their children if the husband divorces them. It's a shame religion is taken very extremely by men who thinks they know what's good for women.

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    1. TNP,

      The sad thing is that inequality isn't limited to countries like Saudi Arabia. Even countries like the USA, which, at first glance, would have been a country that is progressive and liberal, is actually not, and instead, somehow have politicians that encourage the differential treatment between males and females.

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