In one New York hospital the policies


    In one New York hospital the policies on sexual conduct are different for male and female patients. Perlin says that in this hospital, male patients are allowed to leave the facility unsupervised for community leave, and may be given condoms upon request. However, female patients had to have their ‘competency’ assessed before they could access birth control of any kind. Not only does this issue encroach upon gender issues and sexism, it also brings us back to the problem of reintegration. In this particular hospital, will the male reintegrate into society more adequately than the female when it comes to sexual relationships? And if the woman does not meet the standards for competency, even if she is competent enough to participate is sexual activities, will this increase her likelihood to have an unwanted pregnancy? The answers to these questions are unclear, but it is clear that these patients are not granted their fundamental freedoms. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has proclaimed (under sections b and c)

“Recognizing that the United Nations, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenants on Human Rights, has proclaimed and agreed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, reaffirming the interrelatedness of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and needs of persons with disabilities to be guaranteed their full enjoyment without discrimination.”






Feminism works to create equality, not domination. And the bizarre ideas that people form about Feminism can be attributed to the patriarchy which controls our culture. I believe that in a patriarchal society, where men dominate the culture, men project negativity to Feminism because they are scared of losing their power. This is partly what creates the mystification of Feminist thought. The only thing that can improve this reaction to Feminism is education and outreach. I often try to impose my ideas about feminism onto my girl friends, but some refuse to realize what it actually strives to do (improve equality among the sexes) and they say that they “hate Feminists,” or that,”Feminists are annoying”. It kills me that other women could disagree with such an important concept of equality, but it is our misogynist culture which projects this image, and because of this, I don’t believe these women are to blame for their ignorance.