Why You Should Be SCREAMING About the 2012 Elections

If you are reading this, and you are not registered to vote,  stop reading this.  Go register to vote RIGHT NOW.  And if you are registered to vote, and you don’t vote, I want you to listen to me: this year, GET THYSELF TO A VOTING BOOTH.

Because I want you to know that America is not paying attention to the issues facing women.

I want you to know that women are not being heard in the news.

I want you to know that Scott Walker, who has managed to sign into law all kinds of misogynistic legislation out in Wisconsin, just won his recall election, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for us.

I want you to realize that Mitt Romney is NOT going to protect your rights.  If you are gay, if you are queer, if you are a woman, then you need to realize that this election, you need to fight for yourself.

Because he isn’t going to fight for you.

Look, I know there are issues with the electoral system.  But it’s not as though the LGBTQ has a powerful, wealthy lobby backing it, and as the Wisconsin Recall Election just showed us, money is a huge freaking deal.  (And no, I don’t think it’ll be as much of a problem in the presidential election as it was in Wisconsin).  And it’s not as though we can count on anyone else to start screaming about these issues.

Know why?  Because women aren’t being allowed to talk about these issues in the media.  According to a chart from upworthy.com, only 13% of election coverage in print media comes from women, and only about 16% of coverage on TV is from women as well.  On top of that, more men than women are quoted about almost every single women’s issue: 81% of quotes about abortion put forth by the media come from MEN, and 75% of quotes about birth control.

Let me ask you, have you ever met a man who has had an abortion or who has used birth control?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

And you KNOW that Congress isn’t listening to women either.  They invited a panel to speak about birth control and all of the speakers were men.  When Sandra Fluke spoke out in favor of contraception coverage, she was called a slut.

So I know that this election business can be boring, and frustrating.  But don’t let anyone tell you that these issues will “work themselves out” (someone actually told me that).  They won’t.  They will only work out if we as a people put our feet down and collectively say that WE ARE AMERICANS TOO.

And I don’t know about you, but I don’t plan on standing around while I and other women are silenced on the issues that matter most to me.

I know November is a ways away.  But keep an eye on what’s happening.  And keep an eye on what’s being said, and on who is saying it.  For a man to stand up and tell you that you don’t have a right to medication just because he doesn’t like the idea of it is insane.  And you DO have a choice.  You DO have a vote.

So use it.

 

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~ by Randi Saunders on June 6, 2012.

2 Responses to “Why You Should Be SCREAMING About the 2012 Elections”

  1. Reblogged this on inmyinternest and commented:
    This is important stuff. The recent developments in America have been really alarming. It doesn’t help that feminists are seen as “shrill and out of touch” when really these issues are basic human rights.

  2. […] know I’ve said this before, but you cannot afford to not vote in this year’s […]

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