In Brief—This piece is not about sexual arousal. It is about oppression, specifically, female oppression. This is an important subject that deserves full exposure rather than being confined to the Comment section of my earlier piece. Females deserve to be recognized as the complete individuals they are. It’s past time for all of us, females and males, to bring that to fruition.
Aware or Unaware, That’s the Question—
Several readers of the preceding piece, “Ladies, You Are Second-Class Citizens”, both those who commented officially and those who wrote me privately, raised the question of whether the women I addressed in my latest piece were wrongly assumed to be unaware.
Without question, some of the women subscribing to the blog are not only aware of the discrimination against females but active in combatting it. Some of the readers are aware of the problem yet choose not to involve themselves with the issue for what they believe to be valid reasons. By contrast, some of the readers at the other end of the spectrum seem to be only vaguely aware of the issue while others are, for a variety of reasons, totally unaware of the problem. Much of this, but not all, is based on my assumptions rather than hard facts. Based on the evidence, I have assumed that there are some in the audience who have been called upon to arm themselves with available facts and get involved. But the same evidence reveals too much non-involvement to ignore.
Possible Reasons for Failure to Get Involved—
The reasons for failure to get involved range from advanced age or disability to being busy earning a living and putting bread on the table, raising children, demands imposed by school, isolation, compulsion or just plain disinterest. Not all females have the wherewithal or conditions that would allow involvement and a few are simply not interested. These are the reasons for the assumptions I have made.
But does this lack of involvement prevent females from learning who is responsible for the discrimination? Does it prevent a person from voting their oppressor out of office? Does it prevent a person from writing a letter or posting a comment on a press site? It’s to these females most of all that I directed my call to become aroused and take part in opposing their oppression. Those already involved can congratulate themselves without resenting my general plea.
Where Do I Get My Ideas?—
One of my readers wonders where I get the idea that females are allowing themselves to be passive on the issue of their oppression. In answer, I have done a massive amount of reading, primarily in the press and magazines. Without exception, the information I have received indicates either ignorance or passivity on too great a scale.
States add restrictions on a female’s right to unencumbered reproductive health care. Women are denied advancement because they might get pregnant. Women are paid less than a male for the same or comparable work. Despite this and other instances of discrimination, the oppressors are reelected, the employers continue their discrimination, the conservatives on the Supreme Court feel free to rule for the oppressors. Where are the masses of females needed to reverse this unjust tide?
This is where I get my ideas and the rationale behind issuing a broad call-to-arms. I’ve done it many times in previous pieces, I did it on this important issue and will do it again in the future.
Finally, though I believe I have adequately explained my position, there is the question of why Republicans and conservative Democrats are reelected despite their war against females and democracy. The reasons are numerous: the power of incumbency, ignorance of the issues and voting records, off-year elections, apathy and much more.
That women are a part of this shamefulness only underlines my effort at raising female awareness. Females make up more than half of the population of America, so if I can reach even a small percentage of them with my blog, then we might break the logjam that afflicts America. Men might come along, particularly those fortunate enough to have daughters and women in their lives, but I’m reaching out to all females.
While men are traditionally believed to be the oppressors, females are the ones who have the power to change that if only they arouse themselves. Grasp that power, ladies! Revel in it. Get aroused, become aware and get involved. The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.