Voting No

From my Facebook newsfeed: a pamphlet urging men to vote no on women’s suffrage, and a plea to Minnesota voters on the marriage amendment:

vote no on women's suffrage


The history of humankind is a history laced with the impulsion to resist the truth when it threatens the status quo–to resist the testimony of the disenfranchised when its acceptance would upset our view of the world. We resisted the notion that women ought to be treated as persons rather than property. We resisted the notion that denying women an education or the right to vote was an affront to equality. We resisted the notion that even slavery was discriminatory. We resisted the notion that separate was unequal. We resisted the notion, even before the Civil Rights Act, that blacks were treated unequally in our society. In the face of this stunning history of ignorance of what justice calls for — of the true experiences of the marginalized — when a group of people on the fringes of our social power structure has the courage to stand up and tell us that something is wrong rationality ought to compel us to try and set aside our assumptions, even our convictions, and really try to listen.

6 thoughts on “Voting No

  1. The votes of women may accomplish no more than the votes of men BUT THEY ACCOMPLISH NO LESS EITHER! A woman’s opinion is as valuable as that of a man. grr. grrrrrrr. (Almost every voting member of my household votes differently, there’s no reason to assume that giving us all the right to vote despite our living under the same roof that some of our votes are meaningless grr)

  2. I sort of like the idea of “petticoat rule”(*) so don’t see the problem with that, but I wonder what the point of the “double or annul” argument was supposed to be. Why would that matter, or be a bad thing? I guess there are some suppressed assumptions.
    (*) Perhaps this is due to the fact that, while growing up, “Petticoat Junction” (in re-runs, of course) was a favorite show of mine. That shows how important it is to monitor kid’s tv- you never know what they’ll end up supporting!

  3. Reblogged this on War of Words and commented:
    Do we want to continue the resistance to social progression? Stand up for women’s rights and vote Obama.

  4. This may seem a bit off-topic–

    But Tammy Baldwin looks like our next Senator in Wisconsin!!!! Given the horrible misogynist/anti-lesbian tenor of the opposition’s ads–I am so proud!

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