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  •  Wow! Hatred truly never takes a break. And some (11+ / 0-)

    people say that there was/is no need to pass the ERA?

    As far as I can tell, there is as much need to pass the ERA now as there was 30 something years ago when it failed to be ratified by enough states.

    Now what is so threatening or radical about this?

    The Equal Rights Amendment

    Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

    Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

    Nothing, unless keeping women from having equal rights is part of your agenda.
    •  Equal Rights, Now There's a Scary Idea (11+ / 0-)

      Bingo! On your point about the agenda. It never ceases to amaze me the intensity of the need to oppress women. I remember campaigning for the ERA back when I was my about the age of my daughters. Hard to believe that it never passed.

      •  Disappointing as hell. I had just moved to liberal (7+ / 0-)

        Boston from Puerto Rico in 1978, but my home was definitely a matriarchy and my mother made it very clear that there were no privileges for boys just cause we were boys.  Imagine my shock arriving in this "liberal" utopia where I thought I was going when I found out that even in MA women were treated pretty poorly and the ERA was having a hard time collecting enough signatures here. We eventually collected enough signatures and I just couldn't believe it that people (more men, but plenty of women, and I am talking mostly college age kids) were so hostile to the ERA when I was collecting signatures, and asked me: why would you do this, you're not a women?  To which I replied the same way I reply to people that tell me I should not bother with the war on women since I am a guy: "It affects my mother, my sisters, my wife, my daughter, my female friends, etc. and, even if I didn't have any women in my life that were affected, it is part of my duty as a person to stand up for social justice"

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