I continue to be troubled by the Republican Party’s absolute inability to embrace and accept a platform that values women’s needs.
Because I’ve benefited from positive relationships with confident men, I’ve spent many a moment pondering other men’s desire to determine the course of a woman’s reproductive choices. I have no yearning, nor do I feel obligated, to “improve” the life of men by attempting to outlaw behavior with which I disagree, so what makes some men so desperate to be the “keepers of women?”
Secure men don’t seek to control others.
It’s disheartening to recognize that the reasoning behind many Republican men’s attempts to regulate women’s reproductive behavior is a result of not believing women are their comparable counterparts. Women, it’s not that you are less moral, less spiritual, less intelligent, less competent, etc. — it’s that you are, simply by virtue of being a woman, seen as inferior by some men. Period.
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I can’t speak for “everywoman,” but I find no solace in the knowledge that the Republican platform is built on the beliefs of men who see women, first and foremost, as a receptacle of procreation.
There’s no reverence for women in that. Disdain? You bet.