“Your writing’s pretty good until you get on one of them woman kicks.”

It seems I bear watching. Perhaps it is time to give it a rest. Nah! The opinions of this woman may not be shared by everyone. I don’t expect them to be. I don’t expect anyone to convert to my way of thinking. I’m open minded enough to accept that there are long-held beliefs some people will not let go of no matter how irrational their ego-maniacal, fear mongering behavior becomes.

For the most part, I’m a tolerant person. To Le Rant is my middle name in French. Tolerant, moderate, pro this, anti that, are only labels. I believe labels are used to marginalize independent thinkers who don’t share the beliefs of the powers that be and I prefer not to be labeled. If I must be, pro independence is appropriate. To be clear, it is my opinion that pro-choice does NOT mean pro abortion. Although there are some who believe those labels to be interchangeable. Likewise, pro-life does NOT mean life dictated by others. Not men, not other women, not the government, not the church. Simply stated, I am in favor of choosing for myself what is best for my life. I am also in favor of safe, healthy choices being accessible to everyone. As it should be in the land of the free.

There are many women, too many, who do not have access to proper medical care that is specific to a woman’s needs. This could be because people responsible for insuring adequate access could stand an education in the anatomy and physiology of women. Education would no doubt help law makers better understand what the needs of women truly are. Health services and big pharma business as usual will not be changing anytime soon; that’s a given. What needs to change is the fact that there are women with such limited options in this life that breaking the cycle of extreme poverty never becomes a matter of choice for them. The reasons? Abuse, neglect, domination. Take your pick.

Keeping the public safe from people behind the wheel of a moving vehicle who are texting is not a priority in Texas because according to the governor of Texas, THAT would be a “misguided government effort to micromanage the behavior of adult drivers.” I shake my head in amazement at just how asinine that statement is. Misguided government efforts to micromanage behavior must be something Texas legislators reserve for women. Claiming to care about the health and safety of women while limiting healthcare resources to women is about as misguided as it gets.

Fear mongering is a form of terrorism. Abusing power to maintain domination and perpetuate the subjugation of women is an act of tyranny. Denying services, limiting resources, restricting access, using regulation as a means of circumventing laws put in place to protect the rights of women and cloaking these actions in righteousness is worse than misguided. It is shamefully criminal. What is happening here in Texas is underhanded and exactly the brand of politics from which the founders of this country sought independence.

16 thoughts on “Pro Independence

  1. artsifrtsy says:

    I like the idea of no labels – lately every label seems to be backed with such contradiction. Conservatives for less government and more interference in women’s issues. Liberals with closed minds – I prefer the path without labels.

  2. I love it when you get on one of them women kicks!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Me too, Val. Me too. 🙂

  3. Hala J. says:

    Hitting the nail on the head is a talent of yours, and I defy anyone to tire of you doing so. Whoever said that quote, I have to say, was likely missing a significant portion of his brain.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It helps to have a good hammer. 🙂 By the way, congratulations on completing your degree. How’s the job hunt going?
      On the contrary, Hala J. the quote is from someone for whom I have a great deal of respect. It’s their way of saying they too think I hit the nail on the head and to be careful not to smash my thumb.

      1. Hala J. says:

        Thank you! Job hunting is still…fruitless. But I’m going for the CELTA teaching certificate again this August so there’s that to look forward to!

        Ooh, I seem to have jumped to a hasty conclusion about the person you quoted. (Something I should stop doing). In that case, I very much agree with them!!

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Job hunting is a funny thing. It seems the times I let myself relax about it have been the times opportunities have sprung from the most unexpected places right on time. Best of luck with the teaching cert.
          Oh, and jumping to conclusions – one of my favorite exercises. The long jump is my specialty. 🙂

  4. acflory says:

    My motto is ‘I care therefore I rant’. Don’t stop caring!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      That’s a great motto.

  5. Impower You says:

    Obviously that person was using auto correct and meant to say “You’re writing pretty good until you get on one of them kicks and then you’re awesome.”

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      LOL. I think that is exactly what they meant. 🙂

  6. mairedubhtx says:

    You said it all.

  7. fransiweinstein says:


  8. JackieP says:

    Well said!!

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