Thursday, June 20, 2013

I'm Too Young to Say That I'm Too Old For This Shit

So here I am sitting in the Reagan building in Austin waiting with about 100 other people to filibuster the dumbshit HB60, the mega antiabortion bill being considered by the Texas legislature in a special session. But that's not what I want to talk about. You can read more about the bill here.

I was one of the first people here today, because I'm on a long vacation from work and was able to respond to NARAL Pro-Choice Texas's call for people to show up on little notice. One of my former students was here, along with several young Planned Parenthood Greater Texas staffers, and a fellow Lilith Fund board member.

I just did an interview for YNN news with my pal John Salazar, and when I came to sit down again--at 4:00, after I'd been here for more than two hours--two women my mother's age said how glad they were to see so many people of different ages here. "Because, you know, sometimes younger women..."

Many many other writers have talked about the weirdly persistent myth that there are no young women in the movement and have debunked this myth again and again. And yet...

I am wearing one of NOW's iconic "Keep Abortion Legal" buttons, which is just like the round sign I dragged home with me after the 1992 March for Women's Lives and hung up in my bedroom for a decade. I was 11 years old in 1992, and I hung that poster up in at least 8 dorm rooms at three different schools and always, always refused to take it down.

I also attended the March for Women's Lives in 2005 and I am far too young to say that I am too old to be protesting this shit still. But here I am,  not the youngest, and not the earliest, but here more than two decades after I first wrote an admissions essay for high school about how the attack on abortion rights was the most important issue facing the world. In 1993. So just stop with the you know, young women...stuff.