It got me mad.....really mad & since I haven't found a way to punch a corporation in their fugly face despite their new-found "individual" status, it's probably just better that I vent here. Plus the state of California still considers such violence this little thing called "assault & battery".
It also made me grateful, but we'll get to that later
I'm mad because i feel the highest court in the land has basically implied that women are second-class citizens. I'm mad at the hypocrisy that is Hobby Lobby....denying women birth control yet covering vasectomies for men. They're against birth control, but the company's retirement plan invests in contraception manufacturers. They do business with China (the biggest abortion country in the world). There's also the whole opening a store in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood and then not carrying Jewish holiday items "we don't cater to you people" (hmmmm, isn't Love Thy Neighbor one of those Christian Commandment thingies? I guess it means love thy neighbor....but only if they are Christian. It's so hard to get the fine print right on stone tablets all those years ago.)
Hobby Lobby accused of anti-Semitism over lack of menorahs, Chanukah decorations
God, don't you just love hypocrites? (though I'm sure they have no problem taking money from their female shoppers who are on birth control....ah, the hypocrisy. it's maddening.)
I'm livid because it brings us back to the importance of the #YesAllWomen. I think my friend, Caileigh, said it best when she said: "it's not about contraception, it's about denying women the ownership of their sexuality."
The pill isn't just about birth control either. Personally, it's kept my miniscule fibroids from escalating into a painful debilitating condition and reduced my risk of certain cancers that have run in my bloodline. And there were times I had to go off it because I didn't have insurance or I couldn't pay for it out of pocket (sometimes at $50+ a month) because I didn't have a job or my job paid so little that rent, food and gas in the car had to be more of a priority. (pretty sure that most Hobby Lobby employees make minimum wage).
I'm angry because of the slippery slope that this ruling creates. Again, Caileigh brought up a valid point on twitter: "The danger is that now any company can employ "religious objections" to deny its employees, male or female, basic rights or health care."
What's next? denying kids' vaccinations or someone's cancer treatments because that's "against god's will"?
Of course, i'm trying to be more positive in life (that was my goal for this year. Not to be so bitter, cynical & negative at times)....finding the silver lining, stuff like that, attract positive energy. therefore, i'm grateful.
I'm grateful that my parents did not shove a bible down my throat and allowed me to make my own decisions about my body (both physically & mentally) once I turned 18. They do not always approve, but they respected that I was a responsible adult to make those decisions.
And, after judging by some of the Facebook comments I received about talking about picketing a Hobby Lobby, I'm grateful that the universe allowed me the opportunities to get the hell out of the closed-minded area of Ohio that I grew up in. i don't think that everyone there is closed-minded. It just that some things are ingrained since birth there and they pass from generation to generation to generation. There is no way I could ever live there on a full-time basis again. I'd lose my damn mind. I'm too much a free thinking. Too open-minded. it's not my place to thrust my beliefs on you and vice versa. I find myself often "agreeing to disagree" with a lot of people who I went to high school with. At times, however, I've just had to say "enough" and delete people I went to high school with off my Facebook....especially with some racial comments (thank you for the invite to the KKK-esque rally, but I think I'll take a pass and we're done!). A few more had to say goodbye with (as they call it) the "gay agenda" and gay marriage....I just couldn't be friends even on the social media or associate myself with homophobes considering that I work in the modeling/acting business where I work with homosexual people on almost a daily basis....they're my wardrobe people, makeup artists, photographers, etc. I certainly can't preach the hypocrisy of a corporation and then be a hypocrite myself by associating myself and my "brand" with people basically spewing intolerance.
I'm grateful that not every judge on the SCOTUS wants to rule over my uterus. I have an even greater love and respect for the intelligence of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (just tell me you're an immortal and live forever). She dropped some serious shade in her dissenting statements. I love it.
I guess I should be going now....I mean, what am I even doing writing this? I should probably be in my kitchen preparing dinner & a pie to have it ready when the man of the house comes home from work at 5pm. Have to make sure there is enough ice in the freezer so that I can prepare his martini as he pulls his car into the drive.
Yeah, right.....fuck that shit! I'm going to baseball game tonight & drinking a beer! (and shopping at Michael's for all my crafty needs....oh wait, I already do!)
And I just noticed how political my blog is becoming based on this entry and the previous one. (non-contest entry). I promise I'll step down from my soapbox and get back to being a funny sporty smart ass shortly.