Gary Larson Depicted IT So Well...

Gary Larson Depicted IT So Well...

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Allowing Gay People to Marry Would Impinge on the Family

The argument that allowing gay people to marry would impinge on the family, apparently, is the same argument espoused to not allow women's rights because allowing them to be equal would cause disintegration of the family. LET’S NOT FORGET THAT THE RELIGIOUS ‘RIGHT’ WAS (many still are) AGAINST WOMEN’S EQUALITY. They are wrong again; NOT speaking for God._ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
It’s hard to believe, in the twenty-first century, that the United States of America has yet to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923, which would include women in the Constitution. Then again, back in the old days, they weren’t in a hurry to give women the vote, either. New Zealand and Australian women could vote well before their American sisters. One of the arguments trotted out at the time against women’s suffrage was the threat is would pose to the stability of the American family. If the wife supported a different candidate from her husband, it was felt that this would lead to dissension, divorce, the disintegration of the family unit, and the end of known civilization.
If, on the other hand, a husband and wife agreed on the choice of a candidate, well, the husband was already representing his little lady at the polls now wasn’t he?

Words have great power and a word like “sex” conjures up all manner of things in people’s minds. I believe that a simple change of the Amendment’s wording, substituting the word “gender” for the word “sex”, would have seen it be ratified.

How do we recognize sexism and how do we eliminate it from our lives?

Because our society has become more aware of racism, the usage of racist terms has become socially unacceptable. We now recognize the power that words have to divide us. Well, prejudice is prejudice in any form. If you are unsure as the whether or not a statement is sexist, all you have to do is give it the race test. Simply substitute “white” for “male” and “black” for “female”, and the prejudice becomes obvious.
(from Helen Reddy’s memoir “The Woman I Am” © 2005-06)