"PUT THE BLAME ON MAME, BOYS..."
As we have previously stated, men have been bonding in various ways for thousands of years. They have built up tradition, uniform and language which are truly man-made and exclude women.
It has only been recently that some women have started to bond and establish some traditions of their own that are not man directed or approved. SHE is becoming. SHE is stepping out into the world and discovering herself, HER feelings, HER attitudes, HER comfortable attire and HER life.
Now that she is allowed, she is developing her body and, on average, is taller and stronger than women born earlier in this century. She is into sports and fitness disproving the old wives/husband tales that women's bodies would disintegrate if they did anything except housekeeping and child bearing.
Still, the old prejudices continue to haunt and condemn her progress.
The media and public pressure, called by some "backlash," is a force that all women must reckon with during their voyage of self-discovery.
We will cite some examples of these pressures. Does a woman own her body or does the state or a religious sect? Does a woman have the right to a doctor and treatment of her choice in safety, or must she seek this help fearing reprisal from terrorist? Let's take a look at why there should be any such questions in the first place.
Our culture, despite the advances of science in the last century, continues to blame women for what it construes as problems or trouble. Although science has proven that women do not "get" themselves pregnant, i.e. they do not self-combust and become "unwed mothers" or "welfare mothers" etc., we, media and politicians, blame women.
The cause of a pregnancy is and has always been a microscopic entity called a sperm. A sperm is NOT produced by women, it is produced and delivered by men.
Usually when a human problem is identified, such as physical disease, we may treat the symptoms, but we will also go after the cause. When we find it to be a bacteria, mold or virus, for example, we may then prevent the disease by vaccination or treat it with a drug.
Strange, isn't it that in the case of pregnancy, we practically ignore the cause and blame the woman?
We are informed that the 20th Century Darth Vader, named Randall Terry, and his storm troopers from the dark, anti-woman side of the Force plan to picket some of our nation's high schools.
Starting around March 3rd  in the Boston area, they will gather at these schools with their computer-imaged huge blow-ups of what they call mutilated "babies" which result from late term abortions.
If they were at all honest, they would use real pictures of the terrible results that may occur when a pregnancy has gone wrong and threatens a pregnant woman's health and life. Instead, they electronically scan a healthy newborn and then, using computer graphics, mutilate this image and photograph the results for their posters.
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.
Copyright 1997 Renee T. Louise and Ruth M. Sprague, Ph.D. These articles may be republished for noncommercial use only, provided that they are copied intact, and that this copyright notice is attached. Address all queries to: TWANDA@ConnRiver.net.
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