The new wave of conservatism in America is nothing new. The combination of politics and religion has always, for centuries, been geared toward the aggrandizement of men and the subjugation of women, and so it is happening once again with moralistic fervor.
The human-rights gains made during the last century by half our population — the female half — are being eroded with alarming speed, and we stand around swatting at gnats while vultures circle overhead.
Heath Shuler’s brand of anti-women politics and religion is dangerous and scary. Everyone with mothers, sisters and daughters needs to wake up. We have really not come that far from the centuries-old political and religious reformations inherited from Europe that have consistently disenfranchised women and continue to suppress the rights of women, even to this day.
The personal life and body of each and every woman are her own — and hers alone. No one has the right to tell her what to do with them: not fathers, preachers, lovers, husbands, doctors, politicians — not anybody.
Conservative politicians and religionists bemoan the decline of marriage. They bemoan the decline of traditional patriarchal marriage in which the woman is a second-class citizen.
No woman in her right mind chooses to be subject to such a marriage, and complacent young women nowadays will have a rude awakening when they discover that the laws of this country have stripped away their basic human rights, dignity and economic wherewithal and set them back a century.
— Betty Cloer Wallace