How about a sex change?
26 April, 2012
How about a sex change?

In United States, the land of opportunity and equality, a woman still makes 75 cents on the man’s $1.00.  Being a woman is getting harder and harder. It’s no Saudi Arabia or Bahrain, but we can’t really compare the countries where they don’t bother to hide the gender inequality, to put it mildly, to United States a country that still holds dear the freedom of press and religion.

We the women of the United States have become accustomed to a

much better treatment. We aren’t wallflowers either. When women get attacked by the right wing extremists, we fight back. There’s the case of JCPenny customers who demanded that Ellen DeGeneres be fired from being the face of the company because she is gay. JCPenny stuck by DeGeneres and in the end gained more customers than it lost. When Komen’s new anti choice CEO decided to cut funding to Planned Parenthood which amongst numerous services like mammograms and screenings for other types of cancers and family planning, provides legal abortions, the backlash was so quick and harsh that Komen came out spilling out apologies every which way it could. And still the Republicans managed to pass laws that would require a pregnant woman to go through a humiliating and painful series of protocols and procedures, as if getting an abortion wasn’t painful enough. In the state of Georgia, abortion after 20 weeks is not only illegal for all; it is now illegal for rape or incest victims. So if a person was raped and got pregnant, was held against their will and was rescued after 20 weeks and one day, she is not allowed to get an abortion. Because apparently it was God’s will and testament that this horrible thing happen to a person and therefore she must continue to suffer through the rest of the pregnancy. And because the diehard Christians who make up the Republican Party believe that life begins when an egg and a sperm find each other, to abort an unwanted pregnancy that was forced on a person is immoral and therefore illegal. Oh, the Christians sure know how to stick it to their women.  But let’s say you are not a Christian or Muslim or Jewish, let’s say you are a Buddhist and in your religion “life is a continuum with no discernible starting point” why should the religion of others dictate how and when you commit what they believe to be a sin? Isn’t that the whole point of separation of church and state?
And it is not just abortions Republicans are after; they want women to stop working. Recently, Mitt Romney’s wife was just mentioned by a Democrat who used her as an example of a woman who because she was a housewife, would not understand the struggles of a working mother. The next day the Democrat had to apologize and look like an idiot doing so, because had she gone a little deeper into the situation she would have made her point. It wasn’t the fact that Mitt Romney’s wife was a stay-at-home mom that disconnected her from the single mother who struggles to raise their kids while keeping a job, it is the fact that she married into a millionaire’s family, where nannies, chauffeurs, and cooks did most of the work.  That would have explained the difference between a millionaire’s wife and a single mother of 40,000 a year income. Somehow the Republicans managed to reverse decades of feminist work but suggesting that one should want to marry a millionaire, and forget about being one yourself. Why worry your pretty little head about it?
So with all these pressure on women in today’s political atmosphere, why would anyone choose to be a woman? And yet, a man I once knew, for now he is no longer a man, came back from ‘vacation’ with breasts and sans his male parts. She, looked like she could have been a sister of my friend, except she was my friend.  She came right back to her job and continued working very happily for couple of weeks until one day she was called into the bosses office. When she came out she didn’t look as happy. Turns out she was told that she was getting a reduction in her pay. She was now making 25 cents less than before. I patted her on her broad shoulders and welcomed her to the sisterhood.

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