Under-representation of women for congress birth control panel

February 18, 2012 § 2 Comments

Recently the issue of President Obama finding a solution for women employees of religious organizations to receive bith control coverage has exploded all over the media. I love that the panel on birth control before congress had NO WOMEN for representation.

We’ve talked about invisible privileges that exist and help to create a framework of control within society. How is it a panel of mostly white men are fit to discuss a women’s health issue?  Here is a video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discussing the issue:

 

 

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§ 2 Responses to Under-representation of women for congress birth control panel

  • singh0321 says:

    As a political science major and a political junkie, I was surprised to read and hear about this issue. I personally hold relatively liberal views when it comes to social issues. When I read about the controversy currently playing out about women employees of religious organizations to receive bith control coverage, I was appalled to hear that the GOP invited five men to testify on women’s health issues. I believe Nancy Pelosi nailed it on the head when she basically said that the panel chosen was symbolic to what the GOP stands for. I personally believe that since the issue is about women’s health, men shouldn’t even be invited. I myself am a man and I think it is not only wrong, but an act of crime for a group of men to sit around a table and mandate laws that women must follow. I can only hope that after all this media coverage, the GOP are exposed for their injustice acts and awareness is raised over issues where men dictate laws for women about their own bodies.

    • I agree, and I’m glad you followed up our class conversation with deeper analysis. However, I wouldn’t go so far as to say a man has no right to participate in this conversation about birth control. There are some women who are anti-contraception, just as there are feminist men and men who are allies to advancing the reproductive rights of women. But the issue of representation is central to our political history, and it is unconscionable to think that this issue can be decided solely by men. The move in Congress disenfranchises women.

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