Tuesday, March 15, 2005

ERA

"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

Do you remember the Equal Rights Ammendment from the '70s? Yeah, I don't. They didn't talk about it on Sesame Street. Anyway... Apparently,
some people are dredging this back up and are trying to get it passed in a few more states.

But what are the legal ramifications? How many laws do we have that deal differently for the sexes?

The laws defining marriage are definitely included in that group. If the government is forced to treat any man the same as any woman, then any man could put his name down on the "bride" line of the certificate.

How about nudity laws? Would I not be allowed to take off my shirt in public? Or would women be allowed to go topless? Hm... I guess the legislatures would have to sort that sort of thing out. Let's just hope they make the law less restrictive rather than more restrictive, if you know what I mean.

And of course we'd have to get rid of those "Men" and "Women" labels on
restroom doors.

And how about alimony and child custody? And no more separate prisons for women and men. And randomly-selected college housing: guess who's your freshman-year roommate!


Hm... At first I thought this was a silly and unnecessary idea, but maybe I can get behind this thing after all.

3 comments:

Sudantha said...

Interesting post!!!!!!!!

Chandira said...

The restroom doors things was what scared me!! lol

Sotosoroto said...

Welcome, Sudantha, and thanks!

And not just restrooms, but locker rooms at gyms and pools... Just what our country needs!