On The General Election

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With the General Election just two days away, it seemed high time to talk about just that. Being both English and a feminist, this time comes hand in hand with remembering the Suffragette movement who fought for and won the right for women to vote in the too recent year of 1928.

I’ve noticed there to be a popular opinion that because women risked their lives & face imprisonment, for the that those of us here to reap the benefit now MUST vote.

Whilst I believe all people should have their say (and that those who don’t, pretty much surrender their right to complain about who comes into power and what they choose to do with that power), the idea that participating in the ballot is imperative particularly to women is backward, at best.

I often have discussions with women my age who claim they aren’t feminists because they want to have a family and be a stay at home mum & that “feminism doesn’t allow for that”, their views mistaken that being a feminist means anything more or other than wanting equality and having the choice to do what they want with their lives and their bodies.

For me, the same rules apply to the election – women should have the choice, the same way men do. I’ve yet to see any men putting this same pressure on one another to vote, simply because they are allowed to. Implying that it’s compulsory that women participate is also implying that it’s for us it’s a privilege, when in actual fact it’s a fundamental right to all, regardless of gender.

If you are looking to vote on Thursday and haven’t decided who to choose, do not worry, we here at Ultravenus aren’t going to point you in the direction of that patronising Telegraph article that implies women lack the ability to read manifestos for themselves. However, we are going to pop this particularly interesting and helpful read about some of the main parties’ stance on policies concerning violence against women and girls –

If you’re after something to help you with more general but also key issues such as education, immigration & the NHS then https://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ may be of help to you. You get to select the topics most important to you before being given excerpts of ideals and deciding which you would favour, would dislike and what you wouldn’t mind becoming policy, without being told which paragraph belongs to which political party, meaning it’s also unbiased. At the end you’re present with a pie chart showing the break down of which party(ies) you’re most suited to.

 

 

Emily Hughes

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