Today I'm a little frustrated with the news. There's a lot of talk this year after the election, talk about the healthcare bill, talk about the invasiveness of the new body scanners at airport security and talk about limiting legal reproductive choice.
I can't say that I have my thoughts straight on all of this, so, at best this is a draft post. But I can say that I am worried. Am I the only one who sees a parallel between the Religious Right and the Taliban?
Isn't there substantial world history that points to right wing (violent and BAD) takeovers when the economy is bad? Why do we continue to be susceptible to this?
My guess is that it's human nature to be protectionist when things are uncomfortable, meaning it's normal to protect ourselves and our families when we don't feel safe. But at the same time, don't we all have much better visibility of the world's problems? Of over-population, of poverty, of hunger, war and disease? Why then, are we so stuck on whether a TSA agent can see the outline of our boobs?
Get over it already.
Now, maybe there's an argument in the radiation. And for that poor old guy with the pee bag, yeah, that sucks. But still. When I worked in women's health consumer products, it was common knowlege that American women stand out as prudish, it was for us that applicator tampons were invented and continue to be made, regardless of the landfill contribution. Because - American women don't want to touch themselves "down there". It's so embarassing.
Ok, now the Affordable Healthcare Act is targeted. Not a big surprise, I guess, but isn't this the direction we are supposed to be going? Away from old, sick, poor and unlucky folks dying in the street? Towards civilization?
I vote for a move towards civilization.
On a similar note, where do we think we are going with limiting legal access to safe abortion? Back to unsafe abortion? Towards Burkas, towards a validation of shame and repression?
Why do people gather in groups, brainstorm for a few minutes, thinking they've understood the statistics, the demographics and the circumstances and then decide to lay out their plan, in legal and morally righteous (and secular) terms and announce *their* perspective as rule of law?
I wish I was more articulate. I wish I could write better and help people understand why things aren't so simple, help them understand why it's not reasonable to do these things.
For today, I'll just be frustrated. And see if anyone is listening.