Much hay has been made of how exclusive the GOP is, how unfriendly conservatives are toward women’s rights, how repressive they are toward women’s freedoms. There are graphics flying around Facebook and other social media that “remind” women time and again that Republicans are not a party that embraces women, that they are a party that seeks to set women back 50 years.
Perhaps so, but is that really such a bad thing? Really?
50 years ago, women:
- Were guaranteed the right to vote (Constitutional Amendment XIX, 1920)
- Were entitled to equal pay (Equal Pay Act of 1963)
- Were protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination
- Had a much lower percentage of out of wedlock birth, which likely meant…
- A much lower percentage of premarital sex
- Did not have abortion on demand
- Were more likely to get married and stay married
- (Most) were more discreet
- (Most) were more modest
- Felt an appropriate level of shame when engaging in unethical or immoral behavior, because…
- Society’s standards against immorality and shady ethics were (generally) higher
This is not a comprehensive list, by any means, but it is representative of a time when people (generally) took more responsibility for their personal behavior, and when women (generally) valued themselves enough to conduct themselves with more propriety.
Fast forward to 2012, where I look around and see women who are “free” to do anything, say anything, wear anything, promote anything, criticize anything – all under the guise of freedom and diversity – and it has resulted in gutter morality, vulgar behavior, slutty apparel, and shamelessness in areas where we, as women, should be blanching with embarrassment & humiliation.
So go ahead…get mad. I am. I’m mad that so many women have dishonored and degraded themselves to such a degree that they shriek in protest if someone passes judgment against them, never once considering that they need to examine their own pitiful behavior. I’m mad that so much of politics involves insuring that abortion remains available upon demand. I’m mad that so many women think that tax payers should provide all of the money for their reproductive choices, and that they feel they bear no responsibility other than shrieking about unfairness and discrimination should there be any objections. I’m mad that conservatives get made fun of and called hypocrites for having less permissive standards. I think it’s high time that respect for women be earned by respectable behavior rather than demanded in the name of freedom.
We, as women, should require much better than the moral and ethical depravities of 2012. We should require it of ourselves first, and then of those around us. If we are to have respect, we must behave in a way that commands it…from everyone. I’m starting with me, and with my vote in November.