I’ve never been a fan of talking about politics. Not with friends, strangers, family…I guess I’m too afraid of conflict in that regard. However, women’s rights are the one thing that I will always be vocal in my support of. And I’m not alone.
“You Don’t Own Me” is the latest political PSA making headlines, except the participants aren’t those you’d expect. Zoë Kravitz, Lena Dunham, Alexa Chung, Sia, Tavi (the 16 year old blogger!), Kate Nash and tons of other women, old and young, came together in support of their shared beliefs, lip-syncing to Lesley Gore’s iconic feminist song of the 60′s.
Their message takes a blatant stand against Romney’s promises to defund Planned Parenthood, limit access to birth control, and overturn Roe vs. Wade (no stance on his binders, though!), reminding viewers that we are the only ones who own our bodies.
The video is very frank and, sure, biased towards Obama, in it’s message to “get out and vote!” I know it’s bound to stir up loads of controversy and angry comments.
But I also think it’s important to see the fight for women’s reproductive rights as transcending political ties. It shouldn’t be used as a catalyst for name-calling and political defamation — no, it’s much too important for that.
Women’s rights are a social issue. In a country with more women than men, this should be one of our society’s greatest concerns…and the outcome shouldn’t come down to some silly lil’ election between two men. No matter what side of the political spectrum you call home, can’t we all agree, as women, that we deserve the power to choose what’s right for our own bodies, just as our brothers and fathers have that power?
From Lesley Gore herself:
“It’s hard for me to believe, but we’re still fighting for the same things we were then. Yes, ladies, we’ve got to come together. Get out there and vote, and protect our bodies. They’re ours!”
What do you Lovelies think about the PSA?