Activist Monday: Lysistrata Reprise, Con Brio
Posted July 7, 2014on:
Good Monday, Widdershins. Mad is traveling, so you are stuck with me today.
Hop into the Wayback Machine. Here is a snippit of a post that Mad wrote years ago, when the Stupak Bill was pending:
This “Whisper” campaign, the brainchild of Cinie, MadamaB and the combined writings of feminists everywhere outraged by the horrible health “insurance” reform bill that emerged from the House, is very simple. It can be summarized in 140 characters or less:
Lysistrata: She Says No. No to Stupak. No to all but HR 676. No money, no volunteering, no votes, no support. NO!
The idea is to spread this idea of Lysistrata to every woman you know. Whether it’s by tweeting, Facebook, phone calls, email or whatever means you choose, just tell them to stand up for themselves and no longer support either political Party until they start supporting you! And if you should happen to be represented by a liberal pro-choice woman who is none too pleased with the Stupak atrocity and the way the Democrats are just expecting women to “take one for the team,” then please tell her so, in no uncertain terms.
This is a great post, and we took heart from it. That was Lysistrata in a tweetable whisper, and it served us well at the time. Things have deteriorated, and it’s time to begin tuning our tonsils, practicing deep breathing exercises in order to fully project our lovely, rich voices and bellow forth the word “no” from the bottom of our souls. Practice with me: No, Nyet. Nein. Nofreakinway, Noooooooooooooo. Fuhgeddaboutit. Now, how liberating is that??
Say it loud, and say it proud, Widdershins. The time has come to let those who would represent us and those who would judge us know exactly how we feel. No to discrimination, no to being forced to live by the commandments of religion not our own, no to those who would keep us “in our place”. No to the famous $9.00 oral contraceptives,and there are precisely two of them, neither of which is exactly the gold standard these days. No, no, no, dammit no.
We have earned the right to equality of treatment and equality of care. We have earned the right to have our needs met We have earned the right to be bound by our own religious beliefs, not someone else’s, We have earned the right to be left alone to live our lives as we see fit.
Just say no to discrimination, and those who would discriminate against us. We no longer forgive them their trespasses.
This is an open thread.
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