All my news media are, of course, flooded with election news and predictions. According to them, the top issue for voters is inflation, i.e., something to do with money.
Now, when was that SCOTUS decision involving, what was it? Women’s autonomy, something like that?
June, this year. 2022. I’m counting on my fingers and I’m getting four fingers. That is, it was only four months ago when Alito spewed his misogyny all over the country. So why does it seem like men I’ve talked to and men I’ve been reading give merely a passing reference to women’s rights when they talk about what’s most important in the coming election?
I’m pretty astounded at this, astounded that men don’t seem to realize how huge a deal this has been for us women. How this horrifying regressive movement has had a massive impact upon us. How June 2022 was not four-hundred years ago but merely four months ago.
Do men think all women in this country are in the throes of early onset dementia?
Maybe a better question for men is, are you in the throes of early onset dementia? Because we haven’t forgotten Dobbs. We haven’t forgiven the brainless voters who gave us Trump and, ergo, this Supreme Court. We haven’t forgiven or forgotten the insane, violent and ignorant creatures who scream and yell and brandish weapons at our voting places.
We women have not forgotten or forgiven.
So, Lysistrata. As summarized in Wikipedia…
Lysistrata (/laɪˈsɪstrətə/ or /ˌlɪsəˈstrɑːtə/; Attic Greek: Λυσιστράτη, Lysistrátē, “Army Disbander”) is an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. It is a comic account of a woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any sex, which was the only thing they truly and deeply desired. Lysistrata persuades the women of the warring cities to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.
The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society.
Yeah, well, it may have been comic in 411 BC Athens but we’ve come a long way since. We are no longer a male-dominated society. And we are not laughing.
We don’t have to deny men sex to get them to understand our loathing of the war we’re all fighting today. Why? Because 102 years ago, we women won the right to vote. Let me repeat that: we women won the right to vote.
Maybe that’s why we are not anesthetized about what this election means, not forgetful of the events and rotten, dishonorable people who got us here.
I can speak only for myself. I will never forget what a minority of this country thinks is a vicious TV game show — our human rights, our sovereignty as women and as avid practitioners of democracy.
So men, just be glad we can vote because the alternatives would not make you happy.