by Larry Smith
The Eternal Subordination of Women
Actually, I am fed up with the referendum, so I pointed out that no date has been set for a vote.
She persisted anyway: “But you ready right?”
I said I was registered in the last general election.
Upon further prodding I suggested the exercise would be a huge waste of time because women like herself would vote against the proposals anyway - as they did 15 years ago - totally against their own self-interest.
Nodding sagely, she admitted there was one amendment she would vote against. But I declined to pursue the matter.
As I said, I am sick and tired of listening to the byzantine nonsense spewed about the proposals to make men and women equal under the constitution.
It is a starkly simple issue of equal rights, yet Bahamians have tied themselves into knots based on blatant homophobia on the one hand, and anachronistic views of the role of women on the other.
The referendum under this administration was supposed to have taken place in 2014. It was postponed to allow for “public education”, but no such education took place - and Bahamians are just as confused as they ever were.
Actually, that’s probably not a true characterisation. Bahamians are not confused - they have a very simple view that women should be subordinate to men and do not deserve the same rights.