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Ireland Hates Women: I Believe Her, I Believe You #MeToo

 

Warning: Sexual assault will be discussed in this post

Article 41.2.1 of Bunreacht na hÉireann:

The State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved.

The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home.”

Translation: stay in the kitchen.

(Oh and by the way there are plenty of working mothers and single mothers who get no such help.)

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I’ve been permanently angry for the past few months because this country has repeatedly shown that it does not value, trust, or respect women.

Just after the Taum story broke, the Sisters of Mercy were to be given the new National Maternity Hospital – the very people who incarcerated women in the Magdalene Laundries for having sex, being raped, and sometimes literally just being pretty because god-forbid the boys are distracted, and they then neglected, killed, and sold their babies without the mothers consent.

These are same people who want to keep an amendment that has been condemned and called barbaric by the European Count of Human Rights, Amnesty International, and the United Nations. The same people who hid and facilitated child abuse, who were against contraception, divorce, and same-sex marriage.

The same country where if a pregnant women has a fatal fetal abnormality or becomes seriously ill during pregnancy, has to go to England for basic health care. The country that didn’t believe her or anywhere else, that made her endure a trail so cruel she said it was on par with her rape.

The country where a women was given the wrong smear test results, when the right ones were on file and no one thought that maybe she should know about the abnormal cervical cells before it turned into terminal cancer, the HSE’s “apology” didn’t even include the words “we’re sorry” but rather felt the need to state how many they had saved, as if she’s nothing but a number.

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If I go to the doctor and ask to be sterlised I’ll be told “but what if your future husband wants kids” yet married men can get vasectomies without consulting their wives.

I have to go to college with other girls who’ve had their lives ruined, where their shunned and ostracised because lads who were abusive are trying to convince anyone who will listen that she’s a crazy bitch so no one will believe her. The same college where even so called “woke bitches” believe this before she’s even come forward.

There is still a line in the Irish Constitution saying a women’s place is in the home.

Globally there are women and young girls with no access to education, work, or the right to vote. Young girls forced to marry men old enough to be her father. Women still considered second class citizens. Those women are living in unjust, and unspeakable oppression.  I know and appreciate that I am lucky enough to have the rights, opportunities, and privileges I have, but backwards little Ireland makes it very difficult to love and be proud of sometimes.

From the outside Ireland looks like a liberal Utopia: the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote and with a gay man of colour as our leader but on the ground, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

My country hates women.

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