Birth Control Discussed by Those Who Know Best: Men.
In the world of politics, it's getting to the point where there isn't something that surprises me. The infinite stupidity of politicians making statements and suggesting laws and regulation on issues to only advance their own party, line their pockets, or pander to the voting masses is quite apparent. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who didn't think the words "politician" and "crooked" belong in the same sentence.
I thought I would share one such instance, though. Debates about the abortion thing are heating up again as everyone starts getting the next US Presidential election on their mind. This happens again and again, another notable time being when President Obama was just a candidate. And other times including once a semester on my college campus.
I came across this article on Jezebel.com. Now, you may want to know (or point out in your comments below) that this is a feminist website, so issues relating to women and how women are portrayed are the fodder for all of their articles. I don't want anyone discrediting this site because it's run by a bunch of feminists. Why? Because this topic was also covered by the Politicker and ThinkProgress.org and ABC News and the WashingtonPost's Wonk Blog. And feminists (at least modern ones) aren't as "crazy" as some folks like to think.
Republican Rep Darrell Issa from California put together a panel of five men in front of a Congressional committee on the topic of how insurers paying for women's birth control was wrong. Sandra Fluke wanted to be the one pro-birth control debater present at the hearing, but was surprised to find that she was deemed an 'inappropriate" witness and thought to be unqualified.
Strangely enough, it seems this unqualified person would have been the most knowledgeable person there. Not only did she have a story to recount, she was also a junior studying law at Georgetown University, and of course, she would have been the only one in the room with a uterus.
About the first point: She saw a friend of hers denied the birth control that helped with her polycystic ovary syndrome. The woman couldn't afford the drug and had to stop taking it when her Georgetown University student insurance didn't cover it. Because of this, the woman developed a cyst, which ironically would likely keep her from reproducing ever.
I must say that lately I have been disgusted with politics regarding women. Every story I'm hearing has been negative: men not allowing a qualified female witness at the above mentioned hearing; Certain presidential candidates declaring women shouldn't be in the military because they're too emotional, or that men will compromise a mission to "save" them; etc, etc...
Have I missed the point where we all went back to the 1950s, and suddenly women are expected to be Mrs Suzy Homemaker in the kitchen, doing nothing but cook and clean and get her hubby's martini ready when he gets home from work?
Women are being grossly misrepresented and/or underrepresented in media and politics. It is certainly not true of all politicians or all men (and believe you me, women can be sexist against females too) but it's time to stop thinking about that-thing-with-boobs and start calling her a Person.
*Also of note is the fact that a second panel was held and two women did testify. According the the WonkBlog on the Washington Post's website, Sandra Fluke was invited by Democrats to speak. Rep. Darrell Issa claimed her name was submitted late, and therefore for that reason was not considered to be a part of the panel.
So what do you think? Too much feminist mumbo-jumbo, or are male politicians making decisions without women involved? Are we getting the whole story here, or was the fact that the panel of five people were all men just a statistical accident (highly unlikely, considering the topic). I'd like to see your opinions on this.