Like most heterosexual women, I’ve nervously listened to the latest news regarding the birth drama and President Obama; and no, I’m not talking about the rumors that he was born in a terrorist camp somewhere in Afghanistan or whatever those involved with the "birther movement” claim.
Of course, as an agnostic educated at a progressive Catholic college, I find it appalling that, as per usual, those influenced heavily by their religion are using their political influence and making this a case of religious freedom; most of these politicians are men. Over the past few decades, there has been a phrase used in trying to undermine the role of males in regard to reproductive rights. And quite honestly, it needs to stop being used.
For those of you who say, “Well, he’s a man, he should have no right at all when it comes to abortion or birth control or reproductive rights,” I think it’s time for you to realize that yes, he does have a right and to an extent, he should have a right. Do males, like myself, who support progressive health care options for women have a “right” to state our beliefs? Or are our thoughts and beliefs deemed acceptable because they are in line with a majority of females?
We, as Americans, elect those in government in order for them to make decisions that are deemed in the best interest of the citizens. Does this always happen? No. Should it? Yes. If one goes along the mentality of “they are not directly connected to this cause,” such as, advocating for or against abortion as a male, where does the slippery slope end? Should only African Americans vote and voice concerns on issues relating to the civil rights movement? Are heterosexual individuals to be left out as the modern gay rights movement comes to a head? What about immigration?
It’s a mans world; an aspect that is very true even in the LGBT community. Lesbians, and even feminine gay males, are often pushed to the side when it comes to politics and privilege. The issue of birth control and the health of women needs to be progressive and funded by the government, but I believe the fight for this cause is being lessened by those caught up in the aspect that males are making a majority of these decisions.
I hope those of us in Generation Y can see the real issue at hand. This is one that not only relates to the rights of women, but countless other areas, especially in regard to the LGBT movement and gay rights. Politicians, no longer, should be able to use their religious beliefs as motivators for social issues. It’s fine to be Catholic or Christian or atheist or whatever; you do you, we’ll do us. But when a politician believes that it’s OK to infuse religion with government, that’s where we need to draw the line as a modern society.