I just happened to be born a man. I also happened to be born white. I also happened to be born in America. In other words, I’ve been pretty fortunate in terms of where I started in life, because if any of those three things wouldn’t have happened, there’s a very good chance I wouldn’t be where I am today. Your sex, your race, and your country of origin obviously (and unfortunately) play a huge role in setting the stage for your life.
Let’s just talk about one of those attributes…your sex. As stated by Richard H. Robbins in his book “Global problems and the nature of capitalism”:
Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, receive 10 percent of the world’s income, and own 1 percent of the means of production.
Even in industrialized, “progressive” countries, there are obviously issues with unequal treatment. So, with that lead-in, what’s my reason for talking about this today? Again…the South Carolina primary, and the breakdown of why voters (stupidly) voted the way they did.
Astoundingly, Newt Gingrich received a far greater proportion of the “evangelical” vote than the other candidates, despite his marital issues. “Open marriage”? No problem for supposed “Evangelicals” (hah!!). One reason evangelicals gave for ignoring scummy Newt’s personal life? In exit polls from yesterday…they simply didn’t believe Marianne Gingrich and her shocking revelations on life with Newt.
WHAT…THE…HELL…is it with people and their refusal to believe women who come forward with stories such as Marianne Gingrich’s story? WHY would you choose to trust a scum like Newt, and not believe Marianne Gingrich? It’s not like this is an isolated incident. There are few things more disconcerting to me than when a woman comes forward to report a sexual assault, physical violence, or other crime, and suddenly, it seems that SHE is the one portrayed in a negative light.
Is Marianne Gingrich’s story just going to be swept under the rug, completely discounted by “social conservatives” (HAH!!)? Will people even remember a few months from now? Or even WORSE…Will Marianne Gingrich suffer Anita Hill’s fate, where somehow, the man she accused of being a disgusting pig is now a Supreme Court Justice, while HER reputation has somehow gone down the tubes?
There are tangible issues for women’s rights in the U.S., with pay inequality being the one that is most often discussed. There are also less tangible issues that show the problem runs FAR deeper than just how much women are paid. The exit polls in South Carolina, the COUNTLESS cases where women victims simply aren’t “believed”, are rather depressing reminders as to the underlying social underpinnings to issues of women’s rights.
It’s a man’s world. It’s a WHITE man’s world. And as a white man, I find that fact to be quite depressing.