by deaniac83, Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 06:56:49 PM EST
I am not a woman. I wouldn't dare speak for women. But my life and activism are intricately tangled with that of women and that of women's rights. I worked hard - phone-banking night after night - in 2006 - to defeat Proposition 73, the first of three consecutive parental notification measures on the California ballot in as many years since. We defeated 73. We defeated every one of them since. But the bastards keep coming back. I took away my dad's pen when he was filling out his mail-in ballot last year and was about to vote for Prop 4, last year's parental notification measure on the California ballot. I took away his pen and had a half-hour conversation with him until I convinced him to vote 'No.'