Please watch this video. If, for some reason, you are offended by Julia Gillard’s statements, please cease reading my blog now and do not come back. I have grown tired of men of power making decisions of what I can or cannot do based on the fact that I have a vagina and uterus and lack a penis. I am tired of those same men insisting that they are more capable than I of making decisions. I’m tired of those same men thinking that I, as a woman, am incapable of making more global decisions about issues that affect me and other women. I’m tired of being a second class citizen. I’m tired of being held to a standard that is not of my making. I’m tired of having power that I did not earn simply because of the colour of my skin and the ancestry I have no control over. I’m tired of seeing others having less power for the same reason. I’m tired of being told that life’s playing field is flat, when I know it is not, that there are people who will always have to struggle (and frequently fail) to get on the field at all. This all assumes the players already on the field let them step over the sidelines.
But I digress. I need people to see this woman and know that there are many others who are equally eloquent who are kept out of the circles of power because they were born with a vagina. I need people to see this because there are many others who are equally eloquent who are kept out of circles of power because they were born with brown skin, or who love don’t love a person of the opposite sex, or who are transgender, or who are in a wheelchair….etc., etc., etc.