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I am Woman: My American Vote

Friday, 26 Oct 2012 12:59 PM

By Lynda Bekore

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I am woman, hear me roar. Those famous words from Helen Reddy’s 1971 song came back to me this week, as once again I was reminded by liberal media pundits, and my own president, how naïve they really think women are.

I am roaring, ironically not in the 1970’s women’s liberation, demand-to-be heard style that Helen Reddy intended, but in a 21st century frustration that I’m still being condescended to as a mere “woman voter.”

During the last presidential debate on what was supposed to be foreign policy, President Barack Obama couldn’t even hide his clear and present pandering to the “woman vote,” with no fewer than eight different references to “protecting women” and “gender equality” and “women’s education,” all in context of women in other countries.

Admirable goals, certainly, but what relevance does that have for me, an American voter, who is choosing a president based on his ability to protect my country, my economy, and my equality?

We are bombarded with the relentless dumbing-down of serious political discourse to mindless tweets about binders of women.

I am told that because I’m a woman, my biggest priority is access to birth control, as I’m reduced to being defined by my reproductive ability, not my ability to be a productive breadwinner for myself or my family, or productive member of my community.

I am told that if I run a business, and want to provide employee health insurance, I won’t be able to negotiate directly with insurance companies over what services get covered or not.

Instead, according to a recent report by the American Enterprise Institute an Obamacare Preventive Services Task Force will decide that government's paying for free birth control could mean non-coverage of vital preventive cervical cancer screenings or clinical breast exams.

As author Dr. Scott Gottlieb points out, “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will evaluate preventive health services like contraception and decide which benefits must be part of the coverage that insurance plans offer — indeed, which services must be covered in full, with no co-pays. But requiring first-dollar coverage for those services is expensive, so health plans will have to offset those costly mandates by dropping coverage for things that don’t make the board’s grade.”

When did pregnancy become a disease, where its prevention requires completely free, mandated coverage? And if it is a disease, why aren’t other preventions free, as well?

Obamacare will require a co-pay to prevent my potentially fatal cancer, but whoopee, I get free birth control, even though I can walk into any Walmart or Target and pay about $6 a month .

My vote counts, not because I’m a woman, but because I’m an American citizen. My being female has as much to do with my vote as being blond, near-sighted, or having fallen arches.

I vote regardless of gender or other physical traits, not because of them, and my priorities are American priorities, not female ones. I want safe and secure borders, economic freedom, and the promise of a better future for those that come after me.

My vote counts, as does yours, and if anyone tries to pigeon-hole you into a gender-defined box, go ahead and roar. It’s your American privilege.

Lynda Bekore is a business partner of football legend and TV personality Fran Tarkenton.

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