A popular meme is sometimes true. In this case, it sums up how I feel about Women’s rights: Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.
Why would anyone not be a feminist? To not believe in basic fairness or the inherent equality of sexes is basically to be a jerk. Note that equal does not mean the same. We can be cognizant of differences in physiology and still ensure that everyone, irrespective of gender is given equal respect under the law, in the workplace, in the home and in public space.
The mark of a civilized society can be measured by how well it treats its women. The most advanced and enlightened societies are those where women have full equality with men. This means equal pay and equal rank for equal work. It means paid time off for family events (for mothers and fathers). It means putting an end to forced marriages and forced pregnancies. It means believing victims of rape and prosecuting rapists– who represent the worst of humanity– to the fullest extent possible. It means putting rapist-enablers on notice too, and killing rape culture in America.
It means a woman’s choice on whether or not to give birth is inviolate.
Sexism is the most socially accepted prejudice of all. It is the backbone of fascism and a violent and cruel society, given cover by primitive religions that don’t stand the test of reason or compassion. I oppose the intrusion of religious fanaticism in our government, in our laws, and in our healthcare system.
As a congressman I will push for re-opening the Equal Rights Amendment, and oppose any intrusion into women’s health matters, especially those with a religious excuse.