Women are “equal,” at least legally, in our country. We have all the same rights as men, we have the right to abortion and birth control. We have been granted the right to manage our reproductive abilities.
Get that? Granted.
As in it wasn’t considered inalienable. It was decided on, by a bunch of men.
And it is in jeopardy, because it can still be taken away. By a bunch of men.
I’m not interested in “equality” without changing the overriding culture because any equality we are granted can be taken away. As long as the patriarchy exists, as long as we keep raising children with the idea that women’s bodies and women’s reproductive abilities are public goods, are communal property, and are subject to the philosophical and religious whims of other people, it can be taken away. As long as this system exists, we are not equal. We are always on dangerous ground. We will always have our rights chipped away at, we will always have legislators comparing us to livestock and putting more and more restrictions on when and how and why we can control our own bodies. We will always be vulnerable as long as our bodies are not thought of as really and truly ours.
I am not interested in equality because equality is tenuous. I am not interested in equality because rights that are thought of as granted can always be taken away.
Women got the right to vote in 1920, the right to birth control in 1960, and the right to abortion in 1973. Women still only make up 16.8% of representatives in congress today, our right to access birth control is still under attack, and we are two or three supreme court justices away from losing the right to abortion.
Tell women those facts and ask them how equality in this system is working out for them.
Tell me these facts and then ask me why I want to burn the whole thing to the ground and start over again.
ETA: Because the universe is like that, here’s an article that was posted immediately after I posted this, where a Tea Party members says the country would be better if women can’t vote. Because even that isn’t inalienable people.
“Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person.”