WOMEN MARCHING

The above meme appeared on my Facebook newsfeed. I responded as follows:

“I haven’t mocked, but I have certainly complained about the women who have, in the past year or so, marched on Washington and other major cities including Birmingham, and most recently, Mentone. Most of the rhetoric appears to be rooted in hate. Hate for Donald Trump, hate for his administration, hate for his family, hate for his supporters, hate for men in general, especially white men, and anyone who does not agree with Democrat party politics.

When asked why they were marching, I heard various comments. Some said they were marching for equal rights for women. While you wouldn’t hear it from the left, women have had equal rights over a generation. Donald Trump and his administration haven’t taken any rights away from women that I know of. Nor do I get the feeling that they are planning to do so. And I haven’t heard of any conservative women complaining about the women of past generations who fought for women’s rights.

As I indicated above most conservative women, me included, feel that the women participating in these marches, especially the ones who are dressing up in female body parts and shouting obscenities are an embarrassment and will hurt, rather than help, women.

I was totally disgusted with the messages of Madonna and Ashley Judd during the Washington women’s march the day after President Trump was inaugurated. I also remember one obscene placard directed at Vice President, Mike Pence. It was so awful that I won’t print one word of it.

Having said the above, things are not perfect for anyone, and they are not going to be until Jesus returns and sets up his 1000 year reign on earth.

There are inequities, sure. But Civil Rights Legislation was passed in the early sixties with the purpose of making it illegal to pay men more than women for equal work. Do all employers obey those laws? Of course not. But it’s also not going to benefit anyone to pass unneeded laws and blanket companies with expensive compliance regulations. Again, the laws are already there. If someone finds herself in an unequitable situation, perhaps she should look for another job. When she finds one, definitely tell her current employer why she is leaving. If a company gets the reputation of practicing inequities and ignoring laws already on the books, that company will eventually have a hard time getting anyone to come to work for them and stay with them.

I’ve heard women saying that the government or their employer should pay for their birth control. I’ve also heard women complain about having to purchase feminine hygiene products and/or having to pay sales tax (regulated by the states) on such items. To get this changed, it is absolutely, positively not necessary to dress up in female body parts and should obscenities. Contact your Congressman/woman. Get petitions signed, talk to your representatives or to their advisors. Follow through. Women are a major force in the country today.

The part of the me regarding birth control is wrong. Birth control pills were developed in the sixties and I don’t recall the government ever banning them. Devices like the diaphragm have been around forever. Our mothers and grandmothers used them. I don’t recall the government ever banning their use.  No one marched, to the best of my knowledge for the right to use birth control.

Again, if any woman or group of women thinks some things need to be changed or additional legislation needs to be passed to make things better, there are methods and procedures in place to bring about change in a professional manner.

Running around in costumes depicting female body parts, exuding hate, and shouting obscenities is not the way to get things changed.”

For responding in this manner, I was unfriended on FB and subjected to a certain amount of hateful rhetoric. I was called dumb, disgusting, disturbing, and sad.

Furthermore, I didn’t diminish the things for which these women and their colleagues are marching. I merely suggested that in “this day and age,” it shouldn’t be necessary to dress up in female body parts and scream obscenities to right what is a perceived wrong. Everyone has elected representatives whose job it is to serve their constituents. Talk to your elected representatives, submit any petitions you have had signed and any research you have done, and follow up.

The sad part about this is that most of us can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. The United States is a divided nation along ideological lines. While there is certainly hate on both sides, my research has demonstrated that there is far more hate on the left than on the right. Can Republicans and Democrats ever again  sit down and discuss their differences with spirited debates? That remains to be seen.

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