Ranty Pants: This time it’s personal

Hi Dear Reader,

This post is pure rant. Pure repressed anger at the world. I don’t know if you’ve guessed or not but I am a woman. Of sorts. I’m uncomfortable with word when applied to me. Something to do with me fearing growing up <cough*bollocks>. As I woman when I read about 12 year old girls being shot for wanting to learn, I know shits gone wrong. When I heard that particular story, I thought “Is it’s 2012 or 1700’s?” We haven’t really changed much as species, we just pretend we have. Women are afforded some liberty but are still in the majority of victim’s of crime. Across all socio-economic statuses women are victim’s of crime. It’s 2012 and these statistic’s are pretty much the same across time.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/take-a-stand-for-the-girl-who-stood-up-nominate-malala-for-the-nobel-peace-prize#share

Here’s in Australia, women have it pretty good by comparison. In other countries however, young girls are sold into marriage. It’s 2012. Women are killed for being raped. It’s 2012. Religion penetrates all parts of the globe, to detriment of the people. Even in Australia. The Catholic church has spent years buying the governments silence on the Abuse by Clergy charges. The farce of the State Parlament Enquiries across the country is an embarrassment for all of Australia. There wont be a Royal Commission while Tony Abbott sits anywhere near the opposition front bench. With Cardinal George Pell running the Catholic Church the victims and their families will never find peace because there is no way Mr Pell wouldn’t allow any chance of exposing his own dealings in the hideous cover up . There is no room for religion in government. Separation of Church and State is so important and to be honest, I don’t think we’ve ever truly had it.

I don’t care if you’re a religious person. I couldn’t careless what you choose to do with your spare time, this argument has nothing to do with it. This is a humanitarian issue. Children were and probably still are abused by Catholic clergy and then the Church covered it up. Therefore, the church should not be anywhere near the criminal investigation and due to the large number of victims, it should be law that a Royal Commission should take place. It’s 2012.

Women have been defined the weaker sex since we evolved the ability to cognitively distinguish between gender.  For eon’s woman have put up with abuse against us. We have born the brunt of judgement by religion with the prolific rumour that it was a Eve who ate the apple and therefore sent mankind out of paradise blah blah. From the moment that story was penned, woman have be suffering . Shakespeare wrote about the scourge of womanhood in Merchant of Venice. Jane Austen, Emily & Charlotte Bronte also wrote about the oppression and perceived uselessness of the gentler sex. In Sense and Sensibility, Elinor Dashwood summarises a middle class woman’s paradigm. Educated, yet unable to make use of that education:

Elinor Dashwood: You talk of feeling idle and useless. Imagine how that is compounded when one has no hope and no choice of any occupation whatsoever.
Edward Ferrars: Our circumstances are therefore precisely the same.
Elinor Dashwood: Except that you will inherit your fortune. We cannot even earn ours.

While woman can now earn a living without bringing shame upon their families, we still earn only 80% of what men earn for doing the same job. Women can now work after they have married as well, if she chooses to have a career, she will be criticised. If she has children, she will be criticised.  Some women (all over the world) don’t have a choice. They have to work to pay the bills, usually in low paid factory jobs. I have 3 kids and I have had to make the choice between furthering my career and knowing my children. I don’t regret my choices, except when my bank balance is in deficit. Men and women who have children should be accommodated with flexible working arrangements. Allowing the parents to actually be parents, if that is what they choose to do. Choice is all I ask. Choice without prejudice would be even better. It’s 2012.

If we don’t start seeing each other as equal, nothing will change. Until people are made responsible for their actions and their inactions, the sooner we will see peace within our communities. I believe until we take a humanitarian view towards the world, we will be grid locked in war, children will and women will be persecuted by religion and government.

The Banner

When will be brave and start to live what we want to see. Where a woman can work in a job side by side with men and not be in fear of sexual intimidation, gender discrimination, and harassment. It’s 2012 and women continue to fight for the same thing as our great-grandmother’s of  The Suffragette Movement. These woman risk their lives. These women influenced the feminist uprising ( the idea always makes me laugh. Women don’t “uprise” they open a can of whoop-arse) of the 1960’s and 1970’s. My mother was a feminist of sorts. Very much fashioned in the idea that she could have it all. Both career and family. And when her marriage broke down, she understood, you make a choice, poverty and being directly involved with your children’s lives or you have money, but no idea who your child’s teacher is. You’ve only ever spoken to the teacher via the telephone, because someone has to earn the money. No parent should have to choose between poverty and parenthood. Never ever. No child should be without their parent. Why can’t we accommodate parents (particularly single parents) the way we accomodate the pedophile’s within the Catholic church? Surely, if we taxed the church, there would be plenty of money to provide commonwealth housing, medical and psychological support for women and children living in poverty? I know there would be.

**Addendum. If The Suffragette Movement are our grand-mother’s, Queen Elizabeth I, is where feminism really began. Nothing has changed since she declared she was the Virgin Queen. The Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard faces the same open hostility. Queen Elizabeth I is quoted as saying to one of her aides when he said to her she ‘must’ go to bed:

Must! Is ‘must’ a word to be addressed to princes? 

Little man, little man! Thy father, if he had 

been alive, durst not have used that word.

It is true that if a man where Prime Minister right now, he wouldn’t be questioned why or why he doesn’t have children, on his marital status (also a big issue for Queen Elizabeth I), or his religious beliefs or as in the modern day paradigm, the lack of religious belief. Did I mention that it’s 2012 and Queen Elizabeth ruled in the mid 1500’s to the early 1600’s. Nothing has changed Dear Reader. War’s are still be fought in the name of religion, a women’s choice is always criticised loudly and vehemently.  We still live in dark ages.

Taken in Melbourne, 1909*

I know there are men out there thinking “Pinky, why are you man-bashing?” The answer to that is simple; I’m not man-bashing. I’m not talking to the likes of my beloved Mr P or all the other brilliant men out there who value women. I am talking to those who don’t. In the words of Prime Minister, Julia Gillard; “I am offended”

<exhales>

Dear Reader, is it so wrong to want the best for everyone, despite their gender, their race, religion, or obscurity? If it is, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore…

Yours

Pinky

 

 

*1909 is an educated guess. This was apparently taken in Melbourne.

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