The following is a response to the Huffington Post article “Getting out the Slut Vote in 2012“:
I am a typical female university student. I come from a middle class background. Though both my parents had political views, they raised their children to be independent thinkers. I attend a small, private college with diverse student and professorial population. I’m a good student. I participate in a handful of clubs and a sorority, and I am majoring in a field I love. I have my own voice and can fight for what I believe in, even if it involves me standing outside the mainstream.
That’s why I’m disgusted by the leftist media and women thinking that I must side with their unapologetic feminist views.
I don’t stand with these women because I believe I should be responsible for paying for my personal choices and having to deal with the consequences of my actions. I don’t stand with these women because they complain and employ mindless rhetoric more than they offer legitimate discourse. And, most importantly, I don’t stand with these women because I believe they approach policy issues from a purely selfish point of view.
If I choose to be employed by a religious employer who disagrees with the use of contraception, I should have no issue with them choosing not to cover it. In fact, I commend them for their unwillingness to waiver. I find it ironic that the Left so easily labels my ability to choose to use contraception as “reproductive freedom” while neglecting the ability of an employer to have the same sort of religious freedom to refuse services which contradict moral principle. To ask for anyone other than the individual to bear the burden of paying for contraception is to neglect the personal choice in the matter. If anything will push women down and misrepresent their true interests, it will be the constant advocacy by those on the Left that we should not be responsible for paying for our choices and living with the consequences.
Ms. Aarons-Mele claims that women’s voices are brushed aside by the media as prominent men take the stage. Those who would make such a statement clearly miss the fact that women’s voices have always been heard on reproductive issues: take, for example, the explosion of the Sandra Fluke testimony or the words of female politicians in committee hearings and floor sessions of bills concerning ‘reproductive rights’. The game that women play when they say their voices aren’t being heard is similar to a child on the playground taking their ball and going home because other children don’t want to play the same game. Simply because some women feel that their representatives aren’t voting the way they wish them to does not mean that their voices have been drowned out in the crowd of political men.
Now the actions of those ‘crazy right-wingers’ are being labeled as ‘a purposeful war on women’. Since when did presenting women with options but allowing them to be ultimately responsible for their actions become a war? Women throughout the ages have fought for equality, and now are fighting for others to cover the economic consequences of their choices, as if they have no say in the matter at all. Elizabeth Cady Stanton would be shocked by women who feel it is society’s responsibility to take care of them. Why should I believe that, as a woman, it is the government’s responsibility to subsidize my sex life?
Ms. Aarons-Mele, I am not feeling ‘sad and defeated’. But I am shocked at the blatant disregard for diverse female views, and that a small group of liberal women could claim to speak for all of female society. I am empowered by the voices of my right-wing representatives, and I am empowered by the personal responsibility for which I will continue to advocate.