Here at Not Your Coffee Bitch, we try our best to declare that just because we have female genitalia doesn’t mean that we are going to make you a pot of coffee. If I’m not mistaken, kitchens across the world do not have a force-field keeping males out of the kitchen. This is why I was a bit disturbed last Monday.
Before I explain what was so disturbing, you need to know two things. First, I live in Ohio, Canfield Ohio. Well, I have a Canfield mailing address, but I actually live in Greenford. It is a very small town with a very small school. The houses either resemble those as seen on Desperate Housewives, or are located on a farm. The posers at the local high school like to chew tobacco and lift their trucks. Girls with 4.0s want to go to college to find husbands and most of them dream of being stay at home mothers. It’s backwards, believe me, I know.
The second thing that you need to know is that the Greenford Ruritan sponsored me to go to Buckeye Girls State. For those of you that do no know, Buckeye Girls State is a mock government facilitated by girls. It is a week long program that takes place at The University of Mount Union.
Monday the Greenford Ruritan invited one of my friends that I attended Girls State with, two other scholarship winners, and myself to their monthly meeting. When we first arrived at the meeting I noticed a group of older gentlemen mingling at their seats. Simultaneously a group of women and one man slaved away in the kitchen serving everyone. I couldn’t help but to notice that it looked very backwards. They didn’t take part in the meeting at all. Once everyone was served and all of the dishes were clean they helped themselves to pie; pie that they ate outside.
I spoke to a couple of the women outside after the meeting. They were interested to know about my future plans. This is when my interest in politics came up. They seemed to be feeding out of the palm of my hands, until I mentioned that I was inspired by Gloria Steinem. They were completely turned off when I mentioned my icons name.
What makes a feminist so vulgar to some women? Sure, not everyone should burn their bras, but everyone needs freedom. In a land where Barack Obama is commonly called Osama Bin Laden (for the record I’m socially liberal and fiscally conservative) do the women have a choice? These women must have been a product of their environment and Greenford is still filled with traditional values. At one time it was okay to have a slave pick the cotton from your fields, I’m sure that we can all see the flaw with that and we have moved on. My question is, why are so many women refusing their liberation? No matter what these women may have heard, being a modern woman does not make you a slut, nor does it mean that they wil burn in hell.
I will never understand why some women continue to live like the help. All that we can do is make sure that younger generations are well aware that they are not slaves. They can be anything that you want to be, not just homemakers.