Yvette Warren is a grandmother and a newly ordained minister in the Universal Life Church. Her blog, which explores interfaith family values can be found at: One Family, Many Faiths
I don’t believe there is a war on women in the United States. I believe the war is within ourselves. Do we really want to be worshiped, remembering that goddesses and gods have no needs and no friends, or do we want to stand toe-to-toe with men as women do in Israel? I was brought up as a traditional southern Catholic woman. I have been treated as “The Help” after marriage and childbirth. I have been worshiped in a second marriage, and I am now standing toe-to-toe with a mate of over twenty years. He was brought up as a traditional New England Catholic prep school boy. We are prone to roles defined by gender because this is where our comfortable competencies lie, but we are also willing to define who is officer and who is enlisted in every project we undertake. We are both willing to take on new challenges and learn from each other. Reproductive rights is the greatest gift to women that has ever been granted by “the gods.” If we stop using reproduction as a way to meet our own needs, perhaps the perceived “war on women” will cease.