In Case You Haven't Noticed, Women Are Under Attack

As the Supreme Court inches toward overturning Roe v. Wade, the likelihood increases that a young American woman will no longer have any control over whether or not she will carry a pregnancy to term. Her education and her career may be interrupted, her financial status and security put in peril. It seems white men are longing for a romanticized fantasy of the good ole days when they had all the power, and women were totally dependent on them. Well, they are creating a scenario where women will have to refuse to engage with them sexually. If the Supreme Court has its way, even a child conceived from rape and/or incest will have to be carried to term. 

According to the World Health Organization, about 295,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth in 2017.

The Supreme Court

This represents a nightmare for future generations. It is no surprise that Donald Trump, a rapist himself, has appointed Supreme Court Justices who are invested in taking away women's freedom. The fact that this country elected a rapist as president, and rejected the most qualified candidate in history who just happened to be female, speaks volumes.

And let's not forget the fact that this "august" body contains a man who was publicly accused of sexually harassing a female staffer, and a man who sexually assaulted a fellow high school student.

On December 1st, World AIDS Day, again gay men were given center stage while again, heterosexual black women make up the majority of AIDS sufferers worldwide. In this country, HIV affects African-American heterosexual women more than women of any other race or ethnicity. ACT UP spoke out for gay men during the AIDS crisis. Who will speak out for women? 

I personally know of several women who are taking the responsibility for caring for aging parents, while their brothers stick their heads in the sand. Here again, careers and education are being interrupted as these women sink further into poverty and powerlessness.

Again I ask, who will speak out for women?


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