Two News Items I Wish I Didn’t Need To Talk About

1) United Nations Declares Access To Contraception A ‘Universal Human Right’ and Birth Control is an Economic Issue.

Growing up in the last of my teen years under Jason’s watch meant I heard constantly about how important it is for girls and women to get educated because that’s a core environmental issue. I lost track of how often he said something like, “Trish, it’s not about how smart you are: it’s about your hiring credentials, especially in male-dominated fields.” And he’s right (shhh don’t tell him I said that). Female education has enormous power to reshape entire societies of all types, from empowering women to be decision-makers and control finances and property in small agrarian societies through to ensuring female first-world CEOs aren’t considered “too soft” for having the guts to implement social-minded or environmentally-friendly corporate policies.

And the fact is, it’s really hard to get an education or keep a job if you can’t control your fertility. Sex is just not going to stop. Women only get close to equality if they have the same ability to have sex without it taking over their bodies as men do.

So huzzah to the UN for their declaration, but how sad is it that that’s even needed? Or that wackjobs here in the US will no doubt use this to fuel their conspiracy theories regarding the UN coming for our bodily fluids?

Below are two of my favorite videos on the subject. Share them around. This is important stuff.

2) Save the earth, drive your car

I heard this on Marketplace as we carpooled home from work in Jason’s fancy custom EV car, and we all sighed. Because it’s true, and annoying as all fuck. Public Transportation is one of those perpetually greenwashed boondoggles, but it wouldn’t be if people would actually use it. Which we’re not, because we live across a state line and it’s long and annoying as all fuck to take multiple systems to get to where we work in Midtown.

But Jason did use it for awhile before I lived with him and before he had the EV. He gave it an honest go but it took so damned long and was unreliable on the end near the house. It’s great once you can get on the subway but before that it’s a mixed bag. And we have it good here in the NYC area; not so much for most people around the country. We’ve got colleagues in other cities where there are mediocre bus systems downtown but almost nothing out in the suburbs where they live. And when they complain to their municipal governments, they hear over and over that the cities don’t want to extend more routes out because they’re not used, but of course they’re not used because they’re not good to use.

So you get into this whole clusterfuck of crappy transit systems so hardly anybody uses them so they’re not funded so they stay crappy so hardly anybody uses them.

As the report above says, you can get people to use transit – and therefore make it environmentally friendly in aggregate – if you make driving onerous and expensive enough. But few cities feel like pissing everyone off that much.

Jason’s being particularly twitchy about it this evening. He feels guilty for his privileged position, but he also doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of the public system. He’s been grumbling repeatedly about how his earlier attempts to set a good example were never noticed even though his use of a car does get noticed. Don’s been trying to appease him with the latest news on growing EV tech through the major car companies but Jason’s not impressed: he wanted what he’s got to be the norm by now and he’s bummed that it’s barely a fraction of the market.

We’re all bummed, frankly.

But at least I’ve got birth control.

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