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Women aren’t going anywhere

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By Hannah Hayes

“Now I know it’s a national law in America that women are more evolved than men, but if that’s true, how come they are still so impressed by shiny objects?” quips Bill Maher. Oh, ha, ha. Like a blonde joke, I guess?
Once again on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” another female guest disappointed our fairer sex. You can blame Erin McPike, a reporter for RealClearPolitics, for not doing a better job of getting in the fracas, pushing her viewpoint harder and spewing as many words as the male panelists, or realizing the format was built around the show’s host, who does not seem to be much of a friend of feminists. Indeed, Maher gives equal snide treatment to all his guests, but if he’s talking about females who aren’t on the show, he’s not very respectful. He’s sure in his big-brain liberal head that he knows women’s correct place.
Men are doing an awful lot of deciding for women these days. It’s OK to harken back to the ‘50s and ‘60s for simplicity but not subjugation.
We’ve seen the all-male picture of the congressional panel on birth control. Somehow it was even harder to hear Mr. Prostitution Scandal, Eliot Spitzer, be the one to speak up for women on the show and put forth a rebuttal to invasive procedures.
We hear Ron Paul support prostitution but not choice. Paul’s libertarianism is much more about freedom for men. The 4-pack Republican nomination challenge is a total turnoff to women who want equality.
Men continue to dominate, and we must all ask ourselves how content we are with the world they’re creating. Look around. It’s polarized and polluted from my point of view. Impressive, however, are the way things are changing for at least one oft-maligned group, gays — same-sex marriage gains in numerous states and the ability to serve openly in the military are huge strides.
Sure, there’s so much that’s great in the world and with our country, but many issues require imaginative thinking to stay positive. If you’re satisfied now, well, hello Pollyanna, but when women don’t have an equal voice, shadows fall on us all. We may be smaller and quieter, we may be different in ways men can’t recognize or appreciate, but it’s not only your debate. We’re not going back anywhere, and you don’t really want us to. Our freedom and fabulousness make this world a better place.

Hannah B. Hayes is a former Both Sides Now debate columnist, small-business owner and peace activist. She has been a part of the Evergreen community for more than 35 years.