What Women WantJune 30, 2008
Well, I’m a woman and I know what I want, would my answer be sufficient? While it works for me, I can guarantee it wouldn’t work for my colleague, my neighbor, even the other women in my family. And to quote a little article in the Washington Post Express: “For centuries, men have been wondering what women want. So have women, for that matter. Mel Gibson made a whole movie about it (don’t look there for answers, though — Mel Gibson knows nothing about women.)”
What the article did point to appears to be a very interesting new book by Robert Engelman, More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want. To quote from the review: “In More, Engelman shows that this three-way dance between population, women’s autonomy, and the natural world is as old as humanity itself. He traces pivotal developments in our history that set population — and society — on its current trajectory, from hominids’ first steps on two feet to the persecution of ‘witches’ in Europe to the creation of modern contraception. Both personal and sweeping, More explores how population growth has shaped modern civilization — and humanity as we know it.”
In the recent AAUW Washington Update, one of the stories covered speaks to this topic, “Bush Administration to Withhold Int’l Family Planning Funds.” For the seventh straight year, the Bush administration will withhold funds authorized by Congress for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), according to PLANetWIRE, which reports that several State Department and other blue-ribbon investigative teams have found that the UNFPA pilot program demonstrating voluntary family planning has been effective in 80 countries, including China. And in case you haven’t read elsewhere, AAUW supports the right of every woman to safe, accessible, affordable, and comprehensive family planning and reproductive health services. Check out our position paper on reproductive rights.
Back to what women want. Dare I say we all want the ability to be able to choose what opinions we have or want to agree/disagree with? Choice with responsibility is harder to achieve, but something most of us strive to accomplish. What do you think?