The “wives, sisters, daughters” line of argument comes up all the fucking time. President Obama even used it in his State of the Union address this year, saying,
“We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence.”
This device, which Obama has used on more than one occasion, is reductive as hell. It defines women by their relationships to other people, rather than as people themselves. It says that women are only important when they are married to, have given birth to, or have been fathered by other people. It says that women are only important because of who they belong to.
Women are not possessions.
Women are people.” —
Wisdom gathered in the last week’s research… (part I in a series):
*if the Google Map image of your prospective new home has a “We Rid Rats” truck parked out front, that cheap price tag loses its appeal
*”Affordable” is a common translation for lack of stove, fridge, microwave, closet, and definite absense of parking
*This landlord quote: “Only once I had to kick a person out that was camping in the laundry room. There really aren’t many break-ins.”
*And this landlord answer: Will the (weirdly stained) carpet be replaced? And the walls painted? “Nah, the tenants have only been here 3 years!”
(Here’s wishing for an apartment fairy godmother in the meantime).