March 11th, 2012

International Women’s Day is nice to celebrate, as it has been for decades. However, if you think long and hard about the status of women today, on a global level, there is absolutely nothing to “celebrate.” In fact, we are heading backwards. Candidates for President, such as Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney espouse hatred of women in their doctrine of abortion being a “special interest.” Draconian laws are being passed almost monthly in the last year curtailing services and service providers for women’s health care needs. Insurance companies will no longer pay for birth control or abortions. And all of this under a “democratic” administration.

So today we in New York City, took to the streets not in celebration, but in righteous anger by demanding hands off our bodies, lives and minds. Stop enslaving women through trafficking and pornography, industries that make billions off girls’ bodies. We told the Catholic Church, Fox News, military recruiters and anyone else, male or female, to stop sticking your noses in our vaginas and leave us the hell alone!

Elaine Brower, writing about the International Women’s Day march in NYC


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