This is intended for all men: political office holders, religious of all faiths, and just plain “guys.”
I speak for women. You know - us! The other half of the population.
We may differ in age, ethnicity, income level, religion or personally held values, but nevertheless, north, south, east, or west, we are sisters under the skin. We usually grow up guided by our mothers, other family females or caretakers. We learn to care for our shelters, we learn how to feed our future families, and we play with dolls and learn to care for our young - though we often dig in dirt and play with trucks too, which serves to give us a well-rounded history.
We go to school, and learn we have minds. We learn reading, science and mathematics, but most of all, we learn to think.
We learn skills to earn our way, so we not only bear our children, but help bear the expense of home and family - and often find we must do that job alone.
We strive to care for and stand beside the men in our lives, and often we share the too frequent need of bearing arms to “serve and protect” our country.
So do note, as we accomplish all these tasks, we have hands that help, and minds that capably assist our families and our communities. Indeed, we women benefit all of man — and womankind.
Yes, we are complex and talented creatures.
We are well qualified to make decisions beneficial to our families, our communities, our nation, world and most particularly, make decisions for ourselves.
That said, we'd take it as a significant step forward, if all men would acknowledge our contribution and our abilities, and stop the hypocrisy. It's high time to realize we are not “subserviants” here only to provide care, support, and creature comforts. We are an equal, well functioning, integral part of the human team.
Think what you may, but do not design legislation to limit or control women's personal decisions, and we won't legislate your work, where you hunt, fish, which ball team to support, or whether or not you can legally take your (insurance covered) “medicinal” little blue pills.
We women require the respect of men who should now realize we are fully capable of making our decisions, for our health, our welfare and most significantly, our own bodies. In fact, we insist on it.
In the words of the old song: "I am woman. Hear me roar.”
Shirl Ches — Franklin, N.C.