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How America Failed Women -- Eudaimonia and Co

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 'There’s an especially toxic form of American exceptionalism —  believing that in a society which abuses more or less everyone vulnerable in terrible ways — kids being made to do “active shooter drills”, poor people left to die without insulin, elderly people working for the world’s richest man instead of being allowed to retire, and so on — that women, too, aren’t especially likewise abused. If everyone else is relentlessly and systemically abused by American culture, society, institutions — why should we believe that American women are any different? American women (too many of them) believe that the systemic abuse they suffer is normal — but is that really true? Or is America an especially bad place to be a woman?'

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Makes me wonder , too, as I watched that sneering Grassley, yesterday, how our government fails women. American women don't enjoy the same rights that women elsewhere do. Not as matters of international treaty"--"nor as matters of domestic law. What is the result of such dramatic"--"and very real"--"differences in law, institutions, and rules? What was their purpose?

To answer that, I quote from this article because it makes so much sense: "The first way we might answer the question"--"is America an especially bad place to be a woman?"--"is by looking at rights. Now, America is one of less than ten countries that refuses to ratify the UN's Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. The others? Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Palau, Tonga. 187 out of 193 countries in the world have ratified this treaty"--"but America alone refuses to. "

"Why won't the Senate allow women the very same rights that they have in 187 countries in the world? That brings me to a second set of rights America never passed. The Equal Rights Amendment. The Equal Rights Amendment, like CEDAW, was hardly something revolutionary"--"it granted genuine equality and legal protection to women by removing legal distinctions. But states refused to ratify it"--"despite the fact that most people supported it, the Republicans produced, once again, the idea that Americans should fit into traditional gender roles, women should be wives, men should be gun-toting warriors, and therefore, equality was oppression. How strange and perverse. And yet in nearly every other rich country, women are institutional equals to men."

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