The Reemergence of the ERA

THE REEMERGENCE OF THE ERA….Every year the ERA gets re-introduced. Every year it goes nowhere. This year, though, the Democratic leadership promises to bring it to a vote. Shakespeare’s Sister is dancing a jig: “I just feel deliriously happy at the mere possibility of the ERA at long last being ratified under the leadership of the first ever female Speaker.”

There are, of course, some downsides to this. First, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Phyllis Schlafly. Second, we’re going to hear endless prattling about unisex bathrooms and radical lesbians who have infiltrated the UN and are planning to take over the country with their black helicopters. In fact, we may even end up with ERA-themed versions of this. (Seriously, click on the link. It’s off topic, but you really ought to treat yourself, even if all you do is look at the pictures. Page 21 is my favorite.)

But it’ll be worth it. Let’s have a vote. Even if it fails, it’ll be nice to get everyone on the record.

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