The United States: land of the free, home of the brave,
mom’s apple pie and baseball. This is the perception we have spewed for years
but hidden behind this lolly pops and lemonade facade are things like, Japanese
and German American internment camps, the slaughter of the American Indian,
child labor, sex slaves, religious hatred, and powerful women. It is the 21st
century and we still dribble apple pie to hide our hypocrisies and here is just
one of them.
This week, the Obama Administration has called on the United
Nations to fight discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world. “Human
rights are the inalienable right of every person, no matter whom they are or
who they love,” Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. ambassador to the council
in Geneva, said in a statement. “The U.S. government is firmly committed
to supporting the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals
to lead productive and dignified lives, free from fear and violence.”
The recent success of this administration in regards to LGBT
rights has been great. The removal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell started a snowball effect
in changing the way certain people think of gays. If a stiff, rules and
regulations, appearance is everything organization like the military accepting
LGBT rights, then so can the rest of us. I am excited at this change in thinking by our
government, but I am also filled with frustration and anger at the same time.
“Human rights are the inalienable right of every person….”
except women. Here in the “good ole U.S. of A” the female population is not
free to lead productive, dignified lives, free from fear and violence. As
Supreme Court Justice Scalia stated, “according to the 14th
amendment, women have no rights in America other than to vote”. The U.S. government
is one of seven UN nations (too include Iraq) that have not signed the UN’s Committee
on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Treaty (there are
currently 192 member nations). In our “land of the free” the Equal Rights
Amendment was passed in 1979 but never ratified, even after 2 extensions.
So here is my question: why after the right to vote and another 80
some years, we women have yet to be granted, yes granted, (let the trumpets
sound and the king bequeath) Human Rights?
Until then, women in America will still be seen as a
commodity, the wiggle and the jiggle, the “Hand Maidens”, and nothing more.