Elections and Citizenship

Elections and politics dealing with elections has never been my strong point.  I have never fully grasped the system and why it works the way it does.  Granted, in each state exists a different form of elections and politics dealing with them, but it all still seems a tad confusing to me.  Same with the terms and parties people associate themselves with or ideals they share.  But, I digress.  There is a lot more to it than I had first thought even despite the fact that is how most topics we cover are.  Yet, to me, citizenship as a whole was far easier to grasp and understand, though previous classes and lectures on the topic may have helped.  I knew that citizenship was a hard topic to define no matter what you classify as.  The definitions I was given in an anthropology class vary a bit from how citizenship was talked about in the reading.  Of course there were some similar aspects to it, but as a whole, the views were different.

What interested me the most was all the talk about being considered a citizen in one aspect, yet not in another.  It is almost a frightening concept to grasp.  You would think if you are a citizen you would be considered one in all aspects.  Yet, at the same time, all the unspoken rules and laws keep it from happening.  When it comes to women’s rights or even rights for African Americans, it was the same.  They were considered citizens, but only partially so.  They did not have all the rights Caucasian males had right off the bad.  They had to work and fight for those rights, and even then, in some ways, there are still battles going on.  Men still have almost complete say over women’s bodies, and there is not much we can do about it.  Politics and citizenship are both male dominated in the western world and only recently have women been able to get more power.  Not enough to where we have any say over our bodies apparently if the filibuster Wendy Davis had gone through last year, but at least there are some sorts of progress.

In different societies there are different definitions to citizenship, and each different definition has its own pros and cons.  No state is perfect in this respect.  Some rights that may seem common knowledge in one state are strange and unheard of in another.  As a whole, their society is what determines how things are run and what is accepted and what is not.  Groups may protest to create change and may even succeed with it, but at the end of the day, once again, no society is perfect and each one will have some sort of flaw.

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