Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Am I paranoid or is old school sexism back in style

Am I paranoid?

It's okay to tell me that I am. In fact, I wish that you would. I would like to believe that I am simply paranoid and that there isn't a growing anti-woman trend in our society. Not that sexism ever disappeared as an issue, but there seems to be something particularly regressive afoot.

First, there is the state-by-state creep of anti-choice, anti-women's health legislation and associated attacks on Planned Parenthood. And then, when the Institute of Medicine recommended that birth control be available to women free of charge as preventative care, people balked, most notably Bill O'Reilly, who thinks a significant number of women become pregnant when they are "blasted out of their minds."

The idea that female sexuality is wrong and that women who are sexual are "loose" and irresponsible has always been around, but I don't recall when it has been so naked (no pun intended) in my adult lifetime. That worries me.

And then today I stumbled across this Good Morning America report, thanks to Jezebel:

Seriously. Since when does any adult woman have to justify having one glass of wine? This breathless report asking "Who's watching the kids?" presided over by a judgey Elizabeth Hasselbeck and replete with images of blogs "that think motherhood and alcohol are not mutually exclusive," is about nothing but fear mongering and guilting women.

We all know ladies are to be chaste until marriage when we are to be consumed only with wife and mommy duty--so says the cult of true womanhood. But here we modern women are needing birth control for illicit non-baby-making sex and then cavorting like drunken whores putting our children in peril.

Is it me or is this all a little 1959?

Photo Credit: vinceconnare


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