The original catalyst for Komenizing™ (Uppity Woman)
The second catalyst for Komenizing:
I’m so glad that women (and men) Komenized first Komen, and now Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors. It does make me wonder, though – why NOW?
As you recall, this all started when Susan G. Komen for the Cure (for breast cancer), which organizes the yearly Race for the Cure, decided it was going to stop funding Planned Parenthood. Komen’s donations to Planned Parenthood were for preventive screening and contraceptive services, but some people couldn’t handle that Planned Parenthood also provides abortions in some facilities. Komen had even knowingly earlier hired a vice president who had a history of vocally calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded. Women and men all across the country pushed back, and Komen had to “cry uncle”. (But dont forget, Avon also has a pink race for breast cancer – although it’s a walk – if you still want to participate in a breast cancer cure event.)
Then Rush Limbaugh called a “slut”, a woman (Sandra Fluke) who stood up to advocate for the need for contraception availability and coverage for women, since only MEN were allowed to testify to congress about WOMEN’S birth control needs. As UW pointed out, Rush apparently knows ZERO about how birth control works for women, since he thinks the more sexually active they are, the more birth control they need. Therefore, needing birth control = being a slut (but bringing back a big bottle of Viagra from the Dominican Republic doesn’t make one a slut). Well, women and men again rose up, getting Rush’s sponsors to drop him for being such a misogynist.
And remember this?
Perhaps this event, which chronologically fell between the two previous examples, might even be considered Komenizing. Remember when the women and men of Virginia marched on the state capitol to protest the legislation to require women to have an invasive vaginal ultrasound (state mandated rape) before they could have an abortion? Laws prevented their making any sound or holding any signs, so over a thousand women and men joined hands along the path that legislators had to walk to get into the capitol. Their unity and number prevented that legislation from becoming law – now women seeking an abortion will just need to have the usual abdominal ultrasound to make sure the age of the fetus isn’t over what is allowed.
Komenizing Komen had to do with birth control and abortion, and komenizing Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors had to do with birth control. Komenizing the Virginia legislators had to do with requiring invasive procedures before allowing an abortion. Are women finally rising up because most women use or have used birth control, so it’s very clear how the issue affects them? That when Fluke is called a slut for using birth control, it became personal to these women, because they also use birth control, and were by extension also being called “sluts”? That women understand that the ability to control their own body affects their entire lives? That they understand that the limited steps we have taken towards equality are directly a result of not being tied to the home because of uncontrolled pregnancies?
Have some men become involved because some of them finally actually realize that they have something to do with women becoming pregnant?
As welcome as some changes can be, whenever I observe a change, I always wonder, “why now?” This recent spate of Komenizing all has to do with women’s ability to control if and when they have babies. Is that a coincidence? Or will women and men start to stand up now for other women’s rights, other than the need for parity in medical issues? (Of course, one of the reasons the media is playing this all up is because it’s election time, and both the parties have to energize their respective base.)
This Komenizing phenomenon seems to have somewhat crossed gender lines, and somewhat crossed partisan lines. Perhaps it has also somewhat crossed feminist “wave” lines…? But my gut feeling is that this uprising, while overdue and welcome, will be limited to abortion/woman’s control of her own body. I’m afraid we’re not going to see huge numbers turn out to demand that the ERA finally be passed, or that the stronger companion bill to Lily Ledbetter be passed so that women are guaranteed equal pay for equal work. I don’t anticipate that they will be out in force demanding that no one be given free rein to call women “c*unt”, or accuse an accomplished woman as only having a “history of having tea parties with foreign leaders’ wives”, or playing “99 problems but a b*tch ain’t one” at a campaign event – and these are just some things that were done by the LEFT, the “party of women”, in the last presidential election.
(After all, the “party of women” had two years of a democratic president and democratic majorities in both the house and senate, and they did bupkis for us. So, sadly, I don’t soon envision a change in the unwritten law that you can demean female candidates as long as they’re not the person you want to win. If the “party of women” has such a long way to go, how can we expect across-party lines support for women?).
So IF these 3 events were Komenized because people understood how women’s freedom to control their own bodies affected them personally, what will it take before they realize that other discrimination against women is ALSO personal? That women making the same pay as men for the same job raises the income in ALL families? That standing up against demoralizing verbal slings against women, whether or not you support them politically, increases the humanity in ALL of us, women AND men?
I’m energized by these Komenizing events, very energized- and yet – I fear it’s not a coincidence that they all had to do with contraception and abortion. I fear this is simply the “wedge issue dance” we see every four years when there is a president to be elected.
And there’s another noteworthy observation – WE HAVE ALREADY WON THESE RIGHTS!!!
Yes, we’re re-fighting previously won battles and treading water, not moving ahead. What has to happen for us to win NEW battles, not just hold our ground on the rights we already have? I suspect the answer is for 3rd wave to open their eyes, get off their butts, and start identifying meaningful goals, involving rights we do not yet have, and start working for them. THAT is where the fights should be! THEN we will begin moving forward. This is 2012! We should not have to be defending what we already have! The haters took this opportunity to attempt to take away our established rights, because we weren’t keeping them busy with fights for NEW rights!
So, what is it going to take? Any other ideas?
What is it going to take?
EDIT: some information on Avon Breast cancer walk’s financials – money coming in, money going out
5 Facts You Should Know
- Since it was founded in 1955, the Avon Foundation for Women has been committed to the mission to improve the lives of women and their families. Now past the half century milestone, the Avon Foundation for Women brings this mission to life through two key areas of focus: breast cancer and domestic violence
- The Avon Foundation for Women has grown into the largest corporate-affiliated foundation focused on causes that most impact women, and, through 2011, Avon global philanthropy has raised and donated more than $860 million dollars.
- The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in 1992 in the UK and now includes breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries focused on advancing access to care and finding a cure. Through 2011 the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade had raised and awarded more than $740 million worldwide to make a significant and lasting difference.
- The Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program launched in 2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence, and through 2011, in the US alone,we have provided more than $28 million for the domestic and gender violence cause, including support for awareness, education, direct services and prevention programs.
- Since 2001 The Avon Foundation for Women and Avon Products, Inc. together have responded quickly to national and international emergencies, and nearly $23 million has been awarded for women and their families affected by natural disaster or crises.
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