(based on assumptions made after women were *allowed* to vote, wear what they want, say what they want, have whatever job they want)
1. When a married couple files jointly, the IRS doesn’t use both social security numbers. They *demand*, by their rules, that the man’s number be used. His is the first name, the *primary* name, and the woman’s is the second, and thus part of the man’s filing. It is thus, less important.
This is not for simplification or for some ham-handed method of “ease of identification” nor is it used as part of an easier filing system. It is used because we live in a patriarchal society that is fundamentalist where men are considered the higher position in the joined arrangement (marriage).
2. When women marry men, they are expected to take the man’s name. This is due to a system called Patrilineal, where all inheritance and ancestry is viewed only through male lines. This system comes hand in hand with Patriarchy. Even if the woman keeps her last name, she is still seen as Mrs Male Name.
I can’t help but wonder how the IRS rules are implemented under same-sex marriage, but it doesn’t really matter. Someone is placed in a higher position (in charge) than the other.
3. Patriarchy/Patrilineality and Matriarchy/Matrilineality are systems of inequality because they favor one gender over the other. As long as those systems are in place, genders will never be equal.
There are some Native American tribes that split this down the middle. Positions of leadership were Patriarchal but inheritance and ancestral identification was Matrilineal. Men led the tribe but the women owned the property. Unfortunately, those tribes were murdered to such an extent that it can be filed under genocide.
However, one must consider that our current system of democratic government–representation–can be traced specifically to the Five Nations of the upper east. While people think we got it by copying ancient Rome, the only part of that system that was copied were the names “senate” and “senator”. But this is neither here nor there.
Women are automatically second-class citizens in a Patriarchal society. In the age of extremism, abortion *&* birth control are being eliminated in ultra conservative states. Women are under attack by being told that they have no control of their own reproduction. Restrictions are masked as “pro-life”, with a morality that is forced onto everyone by those who believe abortion is murder. One must understand that this has nothing whatsoever to do with the so-called “life” of fetal embryos.
Pro-life is an oxy-moron as well as a lie because concern for the life of that fetus ends when it is born. You cannot delineate a life inside the womb to life outside of it. Anti-abortion is *only* for the systematic control of women. This is proven by the addition of birth control. Anyone who feels it necessary to include birth control with their attempts to control the abortion of fetal tissue is revealing themselves to be misogynistic control freaks who believe women are *property*.
Women are one half of the human race. We are not the property of the human race. We belong only to ourselves.