March is National Women’s History Month, consequently for rest of this month, I will focus on issues that are important to my sisters (and the brothers who love them).
I would be remiss if I did not begin this conversation by stating the obvious. During the last few weeks, a national “back-door” debate has been taking place about abortion and whether women continue to be the property of men. Yep, while very few people have out-and-out said the “A-word,” the focus on abortion is a primary issue. You see, in order for a woman to have an abortion, a sexual encounter must have taken place that resulted in the fertilization of an egg. Because this fertilization process requires a man, men have historically believed that they have a right to the fruits of their implantation. In fact, in many cultures and religions, a man can “plant” multiple seeds, producing multiple babies and this process is considered a sign of virility, power, and status. The more women and babies that are produced, the more “manly” a man would be perceived as being. Women, and indeed the children that they birth, were considered property.