Saturday/Sunday, March 2-3, 2012: School shooting, contraception misogyny and Olympia Snowe

Posted March 02, 2012, at 3:58 p.m.

Don’t forget to say it

I assume that everyone reading this is aware of the shootings that occurred in Chardon High School in Ohio on Monday, Feb. 27. I hope that all parents will take time to do what the Chardon superintendent urged, to really say to your children, eye-to-eye, that you love them. Go out of your way to tell this daily.

We never know for certain that our loved ones will be home in the evening. We all need to express our love, and not by texting, etc.

Pray for the families of the victims and the child who did the shootings, who apparently is from a troubled home.

Jim Appleman

Machias

Misogyny in contraception

Throughout this contraception debate, the motivation remains buried beneath the rhetoric. It’s an effort by both powerful and insecure men to control women’s power to control their procreative capacity.

This is a huge power, and an ancient power struggle. If she has no babies, who will consume the products or make them? As they say, “Who will fill the coffers?” And if she’s not at home having babies, she may compete for that man’s position of power. This objection to contraception is predominantly male, by those in power politically or religious. If you doubt that, just follow the objections in the media — it’s mostly men.

It reflects Muslims who make women wear burkas and worship in separate rooms, similarly in Judaism. Indeed, many Catholic churches still require women cover their hair in church, not to mention denial of women to become priests. This says more about men who make those rules than the women.

If those men can’t control their libido, then they themselves should cover their own eyes! We pride ourselves on being a modern society, and yet, these incredibly ignorant and archaic attitudes still prevail. Predictably, insurance covers Viagra for men, but we squabble about contraception coverage for women. It’s OK to encourage lust in men, but not OK to control its consequences on women.

I’d wager if men got pregnant, instead of women, contraceptive devices of every kind would be available free of charge everywhere today.

Mary Margaret Kayle

Bangor

Appreciating Snowe

The American Association of University Women of Maine deeply appreciates the years of service of Sen. Olympia Snowe and her dedication to the well-being of women and girls.

In the arena of women’s health, she helped to establish the Office of Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health, a much needed and long overlooked step. Sen. Snowe continued to pursue enhanced funding for women’s health research.

AAUW will long remember Sen. Snowe’s support of equal pay for equal work for women and of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. We congratulate her on her many years of public service and hope that she will continue to use her powerful voice on behalf of women and girls.

Bets Brown

Public Policy Chair

AAUW of Maine

 

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