DoubleUSA Today

16 Jul

Ah, WSA: the Women’s Student Assembly of the university of southern california. An interesting place to call home, considering the tenant we hold sacred and hope to spread like the plague, best put by Gloria Steinem, “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” And although school is out for the summer, WSA remains perpetually in session.

America, you big, nosy neighbor, I’ll grant you a solid; here is a sneak peak at the inner working of the Anti-Christ in a a red dress formally known as the Women’s Student Assembly:
We are stopping prop 4 from passing in CA in the upcoming november general elections. We Are, and there is no way around it. Just like the prop 85 parental notification law was turned down in 2006, and it’s twin sister just a few years before that, we’re determined to give prop 4 the same non existent destiny.

To be honest, prop 4 scares me; however, a similar proposed constitutional amendment on an upcoming ballot in Colorado terrifies me like a giant ominous cloud predicting a storm of the likes i’ve never experienced. Brief synopsis of the two to my understanding:
Prop 4 in California: requires a physician to notify a minor’s parents/legal guardians of her plan to abort at least 48 hours before the procedure, or otherwise obtain a parental waiver. In the case of domestic abuse households, the minor may appeal to a judge in court to waive the need for parental notification or a waiver. ( note: this is worthless for the following reason.) Any person may only obtain abortions within the first 23 days of pregnancy; 24 days and beyond will be considered murder, and may be prosocuted as such. Any doctors who do not follow or report any part of this proposed law will be fined, heavily.

Colorado proposed amendment: a proposition to amend the state constitution to define life at FERTILIZATION. Thus, any tampering with terminating a pregnancy is murder. Miscarriage may be murder if it is proven that a mother drank or smoked ( neglect), and and idea of a chlids existence once fertilized is granted the full set of rights of an adult citizen. IF YOU DON’T SEE WHY THIS IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE, ALLOW ME TO EXTRAPOLATE. The victory for the people backing this proposition isn’t only winning in colorado; it’s winning in colorado, inevitably getting a law case on it from a women who challenges the constitutional foundation of the amendment after feeling it’s wrath, the US Supreme court eventually adopting this case, and overturning roe v wade, setting colorados definition of ‘life’ as a nationwide precedent. All abortions, emergency contraception, IUD’s, and more would be illegal and perhaps tried as murder.

Now, Prop 4 is dark enough on it’s own merits, but i hope you can see, America, that the first step in passing dangerous laws like that proposed in Colorado is first normalized and garnering support for parental notification laws and loser definition of life laws.

we are well on our way to seeing the glass ceiling collapse in. Birth control, in my mind, has given women the blessing of education because having sex didnt means having to be pregnant very young and become a mother. Women are being given al of the responsibility and repercussions but none of the rights and freedoms in these propositions.

steam is coming out of my ears.

As far as the parental notification law goes, adults, hear me out: I know that it is very tempting to vote yes for this prop because you would want your child to tell you if she was pregnant or considering an abortion.Please recognize that just because you’d want to be there to support your daughter and to be notified, it is dangerous to use your relationship and method of parenthood as a blanket rule for all of the daughters and parents in California. Parental notification laws are dangerous and lead to many back-alley abortions, self-administered abortions, domestic unrest, and young girls traveling long distances across state lines to acsess abortions in bordering states with no parental notification laws. If I were a mom, I think i would rather not know about my 15 year old daughters abortion down the road at a planned parenthood than have her travel to nowheresvillie southern washington alone to get the same thing.

I am mad that women’s gift to be able to create life is no longer on her own terms. she is an incubator, she is a battle ground for controversy, she is the dumping ground for politics. steam is coming out of my ears. for more information, look at the cover of the new yorker.

so in the midst of planning our campaign against prop 4 ( and 8 but thats more the glbta territory to plan) i ran across a website and found some saying I like. I’ll close this post with these, to keep things a little more lighthearted:

*A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men. — Gloria Steinem
*A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life. — Virginia Woolf
*Facts are theory laden; theories are value laden; values are history laden. — Donna J. Haraway
*I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist. — Sally Kempton.
*I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat… — Rebecca West, 1913, The Clarion.
*Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead.
*Radical feminism is called “radical” because it is struggling to bring about really fundamental changes in society. We, in this segment of the movement, do not believe that the oppression of women will be ended by giving them a bigger piece of the pie… We believe that the pie itself is rotten. — Bonnie Kreps
*We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all civil and political rights that belong to the citizens of the United States be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. — Susan B. Anthony
*First, whiteness is a location of structural advantage, of race privilege. Second, it is a “standpoint,” a place from which white people look at ourselves, at others, and at society. Third, “whiteness” refers to a set of cultural practices that are usually unmarked and unnamed. [Frankenberg, Ruth. (1993). White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness. London: Routledge. (p. 1)]
*Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. [Simone de Beauvoir, 1949, 16]

and because the first part of this blog post was so bitter, im attempting to counter balance that with the profound and often witty wisdom of various women:

*Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” — Clare Booth Luce
*Easy is an adjective used to describe a woman who has the sexual morals of a man. — Nancy Linn-Desmond
*I speak out of direct and particular anger at an academic conference, and a white woman says, Tell me how you feel but don’t say it too harshly or I cannot hear you. — Audre Lorde
*I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. — Gloria Steinem
*I’m not going to vacuum ‘til Sears makes one you can ride on. — Roseanne Barr
*If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them. — Sue Grafton
*It’s interesting to speculate how it developed that in two of the most anti-feminist institutions, the church and the law court, the men are wearing the dresses. — Flo Kennedy
*Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths. — Lois Wyse
*My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong. — Mother Jones.
*Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. — Eleanor Roosevelt .
*Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel. — Bella Abzug
*The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off. — Gloria Steinem
*The phrase “working mother” is redundant. — Jane Sellman
*There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody. — Florynce Kennedy
*We’ll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth. — Gloria Steinem
*We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters. — Gloria Steinem
*Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human. — Robin Morgan
*You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy. — Erica Jong


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