I fear for our progress as Americans. Even though we believe that once a civil right's victory has been accomplished we will never look back, the sad truth of it is that countries can devolve.
Look at Iran. True, it was never exactly a shinning beacon of hope and equality for anyone, but before their revolution, there were a lot more clits around.
I'm not even kidding.
Sexual mutilation INCREASED after the people "got their voice." So did the average beard length, the state of corruption and honor killings.
Which just goes to show you.
Not everyone who takes to the streets is a hero.
Egypt is probably on the same path. For a country where only 20% of the female population HASN'T been mutilated, we would think that they have nowhere to go but up, right? Naw. Not really. Tourism at least keeps in a steady influx of outside ideas and influences. While the government rages against the threat of 'westernization' they still know that a whole of of money comes from rich Americans wanting to see the pyramids, and we aren't too keen on visiting countries with daily neighborhood violence. Despite the fact that most Egyptian women will never experience an orgasm in their lives, for the most part they can attend school and be seen outside the home without a male escort. So compared to other places in the Middle East, they are actually doing pretty good. Or were, rather. Can't wait to see how this unfolds.
While my thoughts are with the Egyptian people (and sincerely, they are. ) I've noticed that we are on a trend here in the U.S.
Arizona is actually trying to pass legislation that would obliterate citizenship by birth. Yeah...you know that one thing that our constitution was um.. sorta founded on? They want to pass a law would not grant citizenship to a child born of illegal parents. Refreshing, isn't it? Just when you thought they couldn't get any more Nazish with their "show me your papers!" law unless they were goosestepping. HAIL!
Iowa just passed their disgusting Joint Resolution 6 that all but directly outlaws being gay. Seriously. That law is so damned close to criminalizing the act of loving another consenting adult I'd be finding a new home if I lived there. They have actively written discrimination into their constitution....in our heartland. A constitution that was once proud to be one of the least modified constitutions in the union.
That's right, folks. They don't change nutting about their constitution unless it is to restrict your rights and civil liberties!
Good for you, Iowa.
If I found out that every one of your Republican Representatives were in a natural disaster that wiped out their entire family lines I wouldn't shed a tear. I could actually rest easier at night knowing you, your spouses and your children were all dead... just on the off-chance that ignorance and bigotry are hereditary. (Disclaimer: This is absolutely in no way, shape or form a threat of, a word in support of, or in any WAY, SHAPE OR FORM advocating violence against anyone. My choice of words 'natural disaster' mean just that.)
Everyone makes the world a better place, Iowa. Some when we enter it, and some when we leave it.