Friday Feedback: No Decline for Women?

friday feedbackEach Friday, LA Progressive presents a comment we editors find to be most profound, insightful, or just plain irritating.

This week, regular LA Progressive columnist Lenny Isenberg  addresses “The Decline of Women in America,” by Lindsay Bubar and Nomiki Konst. Lindsay is campaign manager for Assemblywoman Betsy Butler and Nomiki is a candidate for Congress in Arizona. Lenny writes:

Years ago when I worked in NYC, there was a demonstration down 5th Avenue for women’s rights lead by Bella Abzug and Gloria Steinem. The next day, there was a far larger demonstration of women pushing baby carriages in support of a status quo of what, women as second-class citizens?

issa's panel of contraception experts

Rep. Darrell Issa's panel of contraception experts.

When I was in law school at a time where for the first time the dean of our school was a woman and more than half of the class were women, I too anticipated a less testosterone approach to the law- what I found were women trying to outdo the men. I think you make a big mistake to think that women would be more sensitive to women’s issues.

In a world with over 7 billion people on it, control over reproduction is a human health and survival issue, since global warming is clearly fueled by too many people already living on this finite planet. The idiocy of thinking that our species can continue to multiply on a globe of limited size seems a rather simple concept to get, which involves all of our survival.

Alas, we still are slave to a way of thinking about reproduction that has its origin at a time in human history when the very survival of human beings was in question because of plague, war, and other phenomena that clearly threatened our survival It is time for the Catholic Church and other like-minded institutions to realize that uncontrolled reproduction in a limited space with limited resources is not sustainable. This is not per se a woman’s issue, but it seems that women will suffer the brunt of this magical thinking as long as a rational subject about where we stand as a specie in the 21st century is verboten.

Published by the LA Progressive on February 24, 2012
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