I am angry. And it has taken me several days to figure out why. Finally, I realized that my irritation stems from both political parties and the media deciding that reproductive rights are the only issue of concern to women.
The fact that three male Republican candidates recently made uneducated remarks about women’s biological processes has sent the Democrats, Republicans and media running for their pollsters to see how women will react. It’s not just Republican candidates. I am quite certain you could find three male Democratic politicians right here in Louisiana who hold the same beliefs — and probably some women. The news coverage and stump speech focus on this matter is completely out of proportion.
I am strongly pro-choice, but I do not want anyone assuming I am a single-issue voter because I happen to be a woman. Yes, reproductive rights are an essential part of being female. However, I’m sure our military women stationed in Afghanistan consider potential loss of life and limb to be an essential matter, as well. Therefore, defense and foreign policy become serious issues to them, their families and all citizens.
Then there is the economy. Now there’s a pretty important item for women. Can I feed my children? Can I save enough to retire with some comfort and safety? Will our currency retain its value? Will China own us? What about equal pay for equal work? Apparently economics is not linked to a specific gender either.
It seems to me the political parties, publications and TV anchors have reverted to treating women as children, to be told what their thoughts and opinions should be. Women are not a bloc. Nor are they monolithic or one-dimensional. So stop chattering continually about our reproductive organs. Believe it or not, we can think for ourselves, thank you.
retired business owner