Recently, several states have furthered bills that restrict abortions. Most notably, the Alabama law has garnered significant attention; 25 white male Republicans who voted for the bill have seen severe backlash from millions of Americans who believe men should not legislate women’s bodies, that women should have bodily autonomy. For what it’s worth, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who signed the bill into law, is a woman. But that shouldn’t be worth very much.
Without a doubt, this law is a disappointing step backward in the quest for bodily autonomy. However, I fear that many who make the argument for bodily autonomy do not truly believe in the ideal. Violations of it permeate our society to its very core, but in most cases, they receive little to no attention.
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For many years, women have fought for equal treatment, both at home and abroad. During many of their struggles, they faced considerable backlash for doing so. Now, in the eyes of many, the United States is a shining example of gender equality, at least in a legal sense. For the most part, a woman can do everything that a man can do. But unfortunately, there are still a number of areas in which the country does not provide women with equal rights. The following sexist laws still exist in parts of the country. Continue reading “5 Sexist Laws That Still Exist in the United States”
5. A Permit to Wear High Heels
In Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, local municipal code bans wearing high heels more than two inches tall. The odd law initially came into practice in 1963 when the city attorney wanted to protect against lawsuits. Previously, women wearing heels had allegedly sued the city for tripping over un-even sidewalks while wearing heels.
In the modern day, police do not really enforce the ordinance. Moreover, permits are available for free at Carmel’s City Hall. However, there has been no motion to actually change this law, and at any point, it is well within a police officer’s right to ask a woman to see her permit to wear heels. If she does not comply, then she may face consequences not only for not wearing the heels but also defying an officer.
The law is minimally impactful and makes no major difference in the lives of Carmel women. But from a symbolic standpoint, may see this as one of America’s sexist laws. Even though there was a supposedly pragmatic reason for the law, some take its continued presence as unjust.
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2. Married Women Need Permission for Haircuts
Many laws have existed regarding hair policy over the years. Over time, most have changed to represent the obvious freedom to get whatever haircut you choose. However, Michigan still has one particular sexist law on the books that solely targets married women.
In the state, a married woman must have her husband’s permission in order to get a haircut. Clearly, this represents past times of gender inequality. In modern times, this law does not see any real enforcement. Though it appears to still be on the books, hairdressers do not ever put it into practice. For this reason, one article stated that the very concept is now a myth. Though it may be a part of an antiquated law code, it does not tangibly affect women’s lives.
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