U With the Uterus 

Hey! You with the uterus! 

Stop right there!

Drop that insurance card!

Hands in the air!

You suspected pregnancy 

And bought a urine test

Don’t try to pass it off as new— 

The condition pre-exists!

Mammograms and Pap smears

All your women’s needs

You expect them to be covered 

In your health plan? That’s just greed.

Rich old white male politicians 

Won’t vote to subsidize the cost

Of care to keep you healthy here

In America— democracy is lost

Though they all had mothers 

Who birthed them at one time

Do their moms see what happened 

To their Repugnant offspring? It’s a crime.

A tax cut has priority 

Over compassion and ethics

Viagra however— treats a condition 

Which never pre-exists

So, you with the uterus, 

Happy Mothers Day!

Of that uterus, what happens to it— 

By the way, you have no say

Though the senate won’t approve this bill, 

Their version keeps women under attack

Because it’s not orange, no it’s Women 

Women are the GOP’s new black

The Rights of Women are Human Rights

“While Europe’s eye is fix’d on mighty things,
The fate of empires and the fall of kings;
 While quacks of State must each produce his plan,
 And even children lisp the Rights of Man; 
Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention,
 The Rights of Woman merit some attention.” 
~Robert Burns, 
The Rights Of Women, 1792

Thousands of women are gathering today for the Women’s March on Washington, and over 600 cities around the world have organized their own marches in solidarity, to shed light on women’s rights. It is ludicrous that we have to say women’s rights are human rights, but we do. Yesterday we inaugurated a man, now President of the United States, who has been recorded bragging that he has the right to, and does, whatever he wants to women. 

Violence and oppression against women is not new, but Donald Trump and everyone who voted for him sent a clear message to victims condoning sexual assault. Today victims have a voice.

Who are the victims? Victims are everywhere, they are people you know. 

  • One out of every 5 women in America has been the victim of rape, or an attempted rape in her lifetime.
  • Girls ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
  • 44% of victims are under 18
  • 80% of sexual assault victims are under 30
  • Every 2 minutes another American is sexually assaulted
  • 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police 
  • Approximately 80% of women reporting sexual assaults knew their assailant.

Who are the assailants? They are among us as well. 

  • 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance. Most lead everyday lives, go to school, work, and have families and friends. 
  • The odds are 3% that a rapist will spend a single night in jail. 
  • According to the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Statistics, the rate of repeat offenses by a rapist is 38%.

The aftermath of sexual assault is different for every victim. Responses often include feelings of: powerlessness and loss of control, emotional numbness, denial, disturbed sleep, self blame, loss of confidence, shame, mood changes, low self esteem, depression, flashbacks, fear, anxiety, hostility, anger, and alienation. Victims of sexual assault are 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.

Today is about shedding light on this ugliness and standing up to face it.  Donald Trump’s misogyny is not “locker room talk,” it is sexual assault and it is not okay.

“First, in the Sexes’ intermix’d connection,
 One sacred Right of Woman is, protection. -
The tender flower that lifts its head, elate,
Helpless, must fall before the blasts of Fate,
Sunk on the earth, defac’d its lovely form,
Unless your shelter ward th’ impending storm.”
 ~Robert Burns

March on ladies.

I’d like to talk to Gloria Steinem

“Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.”
Gloria Steinem

I’d like to talk to Gloria Steinem. I’d like to hear her life story, and hear about her childhood. I’d like to hear how she thinks we women have fared over the years. I’d like to discuss with her, my thoughts on being a woman, a woman who has so much of what Gloria was fighting for: the job, the children, the house, the independence.

Part of me, the bitter part, would thank her for liberating me from having to make a choice between full time worker or stay at home mom.
I might thank her for fighting to give me the freedom to do both, as many of the women I know are today.

The problem is that women who do it all, often watch their men kick back, turn it down a notch with every notch we kick up. We pick up more slack for the guy we’ve taken off the hook. We end up doing it all, and we become bitter for missing so much, because we miss a lot when we do it all. We are strong women, and we can do it all, but in the process, we’ve lost respect for the guy who saw this as an opportunity and took it, and unwittingly killed the relationship.

I’d like to ask Gloria if she thinks we’ve painted ourselves into a corner.

“I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.”
Gloria Steinem

The Daily Post
Jan 22, 2015
Daily Prompt
Fireside Chat
What person whom you don’t know very well in real life — it could be a blogger whose writing you enjoy, a friend you just recently made, etc. — would you like to have over for a long chat in which they tell you their life story?

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