We in the west point to all these societies and say to our women "Look there, their women can't own land, can't have a job, must adhere to strict religious laws, are treated as inferior to their men. Aren't you glad you live here instead? Here you can have a job (as long as you are willing to accept less money for the same duties). Here you can wear what you want (as long as you're thin, with high cheekbones, large breasts, etc. if you don't have these qualities, use prosthetics and/or make-up to approximate them as closely as possible (oh, but don't look too sexy, or you risk being called a slut)). Here you are in control of whether you even have children or not (even though we all know that if you don't want children at some point in your life then there's something inherently wrong with you).
We are a Brave New World to those other societies' 1984. Where they strictly control by oppression, regulation and brute force, we offer our women all the "bright, shiny candy" they want, so long as they take in within our male-defined guidelines.
I am sick to death of advertisements that bank on breast shots, butt shots, pouty-glistening-lip shots. I have two girls in my immediate life, and they are far more than the sum of their component parts. I am sick of people waving their blasted religious flag in front of me and claiming our women's right to self-governance over their own bodies. I am sick of hearing about the women in this, our supposedly advanced society, being subjected to what amounts to mental and physical torture. I am so goddamn sick of seeing the offhand, even entitled way in which women are denigrated in our culture.
I'm tired of seeing pseudo-intellectual garbage being spouted in the break room, posted on facebook, or cast across the airwaves by jerks too scared or too narrow-minded to let the girls play. Standing up for other women doesn't make you a bitch. Speaking up on a sensitive topic for what you believe to be right doesn't make you a slut.
If we're going to be equal, then we need to be equal, damnit. We need to stop squinching our eyes shut simply because we're scared.
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