Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It's Time To Rise!



It's 2017, but it's getting more and more difficult for me to say that women have come very far. White women have only been able to vote for 97 years. African American women weren't completely able to exercise that right until the 1960's. Birth control wasn't readily available until 1960, and Roe v. Wade wasn't until 1973. Yet, I have a pretty strong feeling that there are many men in all levels of government who are actively seeking to get rid of the rights we women have now.
In the last year, there have been many major rape and sexual assault cases brought to trial. This in itself is a huge step. According to RAINN.org, only six out of every 1,000 rape perpetrators will do any jail time. Six. To rational people, this is outrageous. To anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault, this number is pretty high.



When Brock Turner's case went to trial last spring, it seemed unreal that he would not be punished. He was caught red-handed raping an unconscious woman. It was a cut and dry case. Yet, the victim's choices, clothes, and drinks consumed were brought under scrutiny. The fact that Brock Turner was a good swimmer was taken into consideration for his punishment. He literally got less than a slap on the wrist for what his father infamously called "20 minutes of action."
Bill Cosby was accused of drugging and raping or molesting dozens of women. All of their stories were the same. He admitted in a deposition that he purchased drugs for the express purpose of drugging women. Yet, the jury in his trial wasn't able to reach a verdict. Despite dozens of sworn testimonies from the victims and the perpetrator's confession, they couldn't find him guilty. Now, he is planning to travel to college campuses to teach people, mostly men I'm assuming, how to not get caught sexually assaulting anyone. This is real life!!

In North Carolina, it is not legally considered rape if a woman rescinds consent once sex has begun. So, if she is into it at first but he begins going too far or is hurting her or she just doesn't want to have sex anymore, it's not rape. Apparently "no" doesn't mean "no" in North Carolina.

In Ohio, a woman can legally be drugged and raped as long as the perpetrator is her husband. Marital rape is treated differently than other cases of rape in Ohio and several other states. It seems that a woman saying "I do," to a man means "yes" forever there.

The most recent case of women not being valued by society is the Senate's farce of a health care bill. Based on what I've read in the bill itself, they plan to completely defund Planned Parenthood, make drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and allow providers to drastically increase rates for prenatal and mental health care, two areas which affect women oftentimes in tangent. Women are treated as vessels to hold fetuses and places for men to rest their dicks. We are expected to look a certain way at all times, to be silent and submissive, and to just accept whatever the menfolk say we need. This health care bill was written by 13 men, none of whom are medical professionals. These men are assuming they know more about our bodies than we do, when I'm sure none of them know where the clitoris is or what to do with it.

Ladies, it's high time we rise up. All of us: white, black, brown, cis, gay, bi, trans, nonbinary, married, single. We make up more than half of the population. If we would raise our collected voices together and scream, "We're not taking your bullshit anymore!" who could stop us? We were not meant to be subtle. We were not meant to be silent. We are warriors. I say it's time we show the men who want to silence us just how much power we truly have.

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