Women’s History Month: 2012

1 Mar

Celebrating Women's History Month

Like Black History Month, I wish we did not have to celebrate a specific month for Women’s History.  However, the truth of the matter is that we desperately need Women’s History Month, just as we continue to need to celebrate Black History Month.

The past three years in particular we have witnessed myriad vicious attacks on women and their bodies.  John Boehner and his ilk seem to want property rights to every vagina in America.  I’m very glad, as all of America should be, that my dear friend Molly Murphy MacGregor helped start Women’s History Month.

Over the course of the month we will look at women pioneers and women who fought for civil rights, while we also examine the continued hypocrisy and double standards that exist, as we witness right wing extremist policing women’s eggs.  Reproductive health is debated by men (Catholic Bishops? Darrel Issa‘s all-male birth control panel?) with paternalistic moralizing and no reference to women at all. Sadly, it is not just men that are trying to control women’s bodies, but a faction of self-loathing women, who have internalized male oppression are also hurting women: are you listening Susan G. Komen Foundation? Helping everyone learn Women’s History is the best preventative for creating any new Phyllis Schlaflys or Karen Handels.

I leave you with one of my favorite School House Rock videos!


4 Responses to “Women’s History Month: 2012”

  1. nevercontrary March 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    1- I was hoping you would do women’s month
    2- I totally just watched the school house rock and posted it on my facebook.
    3- I hope rush limbaugh doesn’t see it and call me a whore.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 2, 2012 at 6:48 am #

      1. You are so delightful!
      2. I love that School House Rock Video.
      3. If Rush bothers you at all–I got your back!

  2. Betsy Swain March 2, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    And then, as history keeps on proving, you discover how meaningless that vote is after all when you’re up against a rigged system: it’s just a sop to make us feel like we’re doing something — and to keep us out of the streets! As soon as we take off our boots — whether for equal rights, abortion rights, human rights — we start losing what we’ve won. Maybe not all at once, but piecemeal, here and there, bit by bit, state by state, like today, ’til it’s barely there, and then . . . it’s gone! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to lace up and take to the streets rather than let these haters and dominaters take back everything we have fought so hard to rightfully claim as our own.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 2, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      Great comment. I hope you know there is an army of us that will take to the streets with you!

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