You know, Dear Reader, that this is not a political platform. But I only want to say this:
The intense hypocrisy of the patriarchy and its persistent efforts -- unconscious and suppressed though they may be (which makes the whole thing just that much more disgusting) -- to perpetuate systems of oppression against women under the guise of religiosity and even piety tells women in the world today what mainstream Western culture has been saying as long as it has been in practice: that as women, we are lesser, that our bodies and what they can do are shameful, and that we alone bear the responsibilities for and true consequences of sex. That those in leadership -- in the highest court in the land and arguably our fairest and most fundamental protector of our rights -- continue to prioritize the rights of bigots and ideologies above and indeed in exclusion of the rights of women -- that, and only that -- not the bodies of or women themselves -- is the true shame.
So we can celebrate commercials of young girls fighting and running, but unless we find a way to continue to raise those girls in the world of brave leaders like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, unless we build a court and a system of government that protects each individual voice, those girls aren't going to get very far. Because whether they realize it or not, those girls' own rights are jeopardized with this decision. And those seeking to protect them and their rights are still -- still -- outnumbered by those who are inexplicably threatened by everything those young women represent.