Women are not the sex responsible for holding up progress
A few days ago, Beyonce Knowles wrote an essay about gender equality being a myth and for men and women to come together and face reality. It really got me thinking about how men have become the ball and chain of our society.
Last week, I saw Alan Grayson (D-FL) on a talk show and he stated that, “For the past five years, there has been a conviction of a politician, whether on the local, state, or national level once a week.” I was stunned, but it got me thinking; if not for men, the country would not be in the shape it is in. Whether it be wars, the economy, the environment or with social issues.
I keep hearing awful statements about women by these “men” regarding reproduction choice, parenting, and welfare queens. These same men, who scandal after scandal, continue to get re-elected. These men are the real ball and chain of our society, they have stalled progress at every turn.
I’ve become sick and tired of the things I continue to hear, whether it’s politicians, men on televisions shows like Duck Dynasty, and men that I have had conversations with on social networking. I will leave my own personal experience with men out of this.
I could bring up statistic after statistic of domestic violence, abuse of power, sexual promiscuity, drug abuse while serving the public, blaming victims of rape to the point of letting perpetrators off Scott free from prosecution, stripping teachers – a mostly female profession – of their union rights, and the list goes on.
I don’t know what the solution is, but I want to bring this to the attention of progressive men who seem to understand this issue and understand the anger of women who are doing their darnedest to raise children, work without receiving child support after being abandoned. The real problem is the lack of holding men accountable in general.
The amount of single mothers not receiving child support and the lack of criminal prosecution for violating child support orders is staggering. However, if a man does a good job raising their children, pays their support on time (usually court ordered because they can’t just do the right thing) men respond as if they deserve a trophy, usually a younger wife. Raising awareness of this societal problem needs to be discussed and Beyonce’s letter is a start.
Most conservatives who argue about political stories, defend the actions of men on the Congressional floor like Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Louie Gohmert, not to mention the governors of red states all over the country. Pundits and radio show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have been critical for days on end, screaming in a room by themselves about Sandra Fluke, Wendy Davis, Planned Parenthood, and encouraging child labor. They blame woman in order to hide their own transgressions.
Women like Elizabeth Warren and Wendy Davis have fought the old boys club and are succeeding, but the work is not done. All women need to get more involved in the political process, whether it be activism, voting, or running for office. It is so sad that there are so few women who have a voice, and are rarely seen standing up for the rights of men and women alike, typically because they are busy working and raising children, even if they have spouses.
My hope is that the next president is a woman. Having the first black President elected twice, has divided the country to pre-civil rights era levels. This is the price we pay as citizens for progress thanks to the ball and chain white men of the country. White men fear losing their dominance, and the fact that this fear has stonewalled all real progress is obvious.
Strides are being made but not without a sacrifice, painful as it is. Women make up more than 50% of the population, which means the vitriol will continue. Women, brace yourselves. These ball and chain men are going to be out numbered and true progress will prevail. The real hope and change our country needs.