Commentary Collection: Promoting Women

We are releasing the entire collection of Catherine’s Promoting Women series to all Solari readers! If you’d like to get greater insight into what is driving some of the politics this election season be sure to check it out!

Excerpt from Part IV

I received a survey from the ACLU recently. They wanted to know if I was concerned about my rights.

Wow, I thought. Wouldn’t it be great if the ACLU really wanted to understand how my rights are being eroded and then DID something about it?

I turned the page, ready to tell them how my rights are being compromised:

  • By the NSA and telcom giants listening to my phone conversations;
  • By federal efforts to force me to buy insurance and to take away my property rights;
  • By the enforcement of bogus food safety rules that have shut down small farmers in my area;
  • By securities laws preventing liquid markets for local communities;
  • By aerial spraying that is harming my health and food supply; and
  • By governments and banks dealing drugs into my community.

It turned out that the ACLU had no interest in any of these points. Their survey was focused on gay rights and women: they were only interested in sex.

Not me. I care that gay and straight, rich and poor, men and women are dying as a result of the aluminum and barium being sprayed in the atmosphere. I care that two consenting adults cannot have sex without the NSA listening, watching, or recording it. I care that I’m able to spend my life savings on the lottery or buy drugs but that I can’t invest in local businesses run by (pick one: a short person, tall person, bisexual person, man, woman, Eastern European, or handicapped person) on the theory that government needs to protect me from losing money.