There are very few things that actually get under my skin in politics, but singling me out as a woman really does. Most of the stances, slogans, and platforms I see as either a leveraging for business or personal gain. However, I cannot express the depths of my ire when parties pander to me as a female by talking about reproductive rights or equal pay.
I was skimming through twitter yesterday when I noticed the above hashtag was trending. Really? Please, do tell me what I need.
Essentially this hashtag is being used as a tool to promote the discussion of healthcare from a female perspective (which inherently includes reproductive rights, but should not be limited to the discussion of abortion), equal pay, raising the minimum wage, etc. It’s also being done in preface to Valentine’s Day, as another means to focus on a more “female” holiday. Ugh.
Here’s an alternative hashtag I would suggest considering: #WeNeedTheSameThings
Men and women both need quality and affordable healthcare (what that involves differs, yes, but stop putting us in our own little category-reproductive rights involve men as well). We both need jobs that pay us what we’re worth based on work ethics, choices in career and talents, not gender. We need a government that is small enough to be responsive to domestic issues and big enough to protect us from external challenges.
While I know it may surprise all those national male political consultants, we ladies have been balancing budgets, running companies and employing people for a good long while now. We want the same things y’all do, and most of us don’t want exceptions, we just want to compete. If either national party thinks they’re winning women over by talking about reproductive rights as an “issue”, don’t be surprised when the ladies yawn and pass over you at the polls.
Pro tip: social issues are just that, social.
Stick to discussions of economics, problem solving, defense…really pick ANYTHING other than reproductive rights and equal pay. We care, we work, we vote, and we’re smart enough to care, work and vote on more than just these two issues. I run my own business, have some major health concerns/costs, and am a swing voter. These are the things parties should be focusing on when pandering to me, not my gender nor my ability to reproduce. I do not have the luxury of being a single issue voter. Once the parties figure this out, there will be no more concept of a War on Women nor binders full of us anywhere- because we’re all in the same boat, sink or sail.
Stop pandering, and start problem solving. It’s a novel concept, but one that will gain you votes from men and women alike.
It was this happy feminine conspiracy which made Southern society so pleasant. Women knew that a land in which men were contented, uncontradicted, and safe in possession of unpunctured vanity was likely to be a very pleasant place for women to live. So from the cradle to the grave, women strove to make men pleased with themselves, and the satisfied men repaid lavishly with gallantry and adoration. In fact, men willingly gave the ladies everything in the world, except credit for having intelligence.-Margaret Mitchell