Yesterday I attended a rally to protest what is being called “The War On Women” here in Austin, Texas. (with many men and government officials present as well!) Today I received an e-mail about this experience which is reproduced below. In addition, I was reminded again about how powerful the media can be to undermine women and girls in the way we perceive ourselves by a video called Miss Representation which I have posted on this blog before.
All of this points to the absolute necessity for women to become active on behalf of themselves and all other women and girls on this planet. Without our direct individual and group participation in countering this backward slide into the “dark ages” for women’s rights and basic human needs we will become complicit instead of empowered.
E-mail regarding the “War On Women” rally:
Yesterday there was a rally at the capitol to protest the War on Women. It was a far smaller turnout than I had anticipated. As speaker after speaker said, the gains of the past 40 years are being pushed down the drain by a very active radical right. Little by little, our rights are being eroded, from the loss of equal pay in Wisconsin (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/18/scott-walker-equal-pay-repeal_n_1434886.html) to the intrusion of vaginal probe ultrasounds being required prior to abortion (Texas). Each of us needs to decide what our comfort level is regarding these changes, and regarding our own actions in response. If these changes cause you concern, you might want to contribute to Annie’s List, a Texas organization dedicated to getting women elected who share the same concerns. http://annieslist.com/Default.aspx
And a video that shows how the media is undermining women. Let us all think about what kind of action we can take to shift this very negative long term trend that is greatly effecting our young women and girls world wide!
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