A Current Events Comment – A Child’s Mother
A minority group is defined in the United States of America not by being out-numbered but by several characteristics that indicate inequality in their treatment. The first such characteristic is actual unequal treatment. This can be defended by statistical or empirical evidence. For example, if a candidate from a minority group is not hired for a position in which a person of lower experience and education, then said minority applicant has been a victim of discrimination. This might be discrimination based upon age, national origin, ethnicity, physical condition, gender, or professed or assumed sexual orientation. Distinct physical or cultural traits can also be the source of inequitable treatment. This might include the wearing of a headdress, eye shape, skin color, a beard, etc.
Recent comments that payouts to former mistresses were simply “normal business transactions” demean and demote that humanity status of women. When we devalue women, we devalue life itself. Recently immigration has been an item of interest in the USA and currently continuance of the US Defense Dept.’s budget is at jeopardy pending the allotment of five million dollars to build a wall to prevent further immigration from the southern borders.
Women make up just over half of the world’s population, but according to the Pew Research Center, they account for a slight minority of migrants worldwide. The situation is much more equal than it used to be: in 1984 women made up just 47.2 percent of global migrants, while in 2005 they were 49.6 percent. Among unauthorized migrants worldwide, the divide is more striking: in 2005, just 42 percent of unauthorized migrants were female, compared with 52 percent of legal migrants. In the U.S., though, the trend tells the opposite story. In 1980, a clear majority of U.S. migrants were women (52.3 percent), but by 2005 that number had dropped to 50.2 percent. U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not publish of the percentage of women among applicants for H-1B skilled worker visas but data indicates the gender imbalance among H-1B recipients skewed as much as 85 percent towards men.
Though women comprise 51 percent of America’s population, they have less than a fifth of the representation in Washington DC. Those four-fifths of the representation in Washington must have forgotten how they got there, and I am not referring to those who voted them in office. I am referring to their maternal parent. The female body is not just for joking nor is it a commodity as the recent comment about pay-outs for improper sexual congress might suggest. It is the only vessel through which humans are born. In this age of test tube babies and IVF impregnation, the female body is still a vital incubation and host environment for the birth of each and every infant born on this planet.
In this time of Christmas, when many songs and prayers are offered to the Virgin Mary, I would suggest that respecting women would be a miracle. Google “women jokes” or “rape jokes” and you will discover that many still think the female body to be an appropriate topic for inappropriate humor. This is not how we respect someone or a gender. Surely, to be respectful of the reason for the season, we need to be respectful of women. This is one way we can show our gratitude and respect to Mary, the mother of Jesus. The respecting of any minority group is commanded by events of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament. Hopefully, this is a miracle we will strive to make reality every day. Starting during this season would be a gift to the world and ourselves.