Oklahoma is on this list of 10 Worst States for Women’s Health. I’m not surprised that Oklahoma would be on a list of worst anything but I am not really personally affected by this one. The criteria are “states where women are especially hard hit by poverty, obesity, and high rates of smoking, and often struggle for access to family planning, prenatal care, mammograms, and Pap tests.” I do have access to health care and I choose not to smoke or eat at fast food restaurants every day and gain 300 pounds. So, for me, there is nothing especially unhealthy about Oklahoma except perhaps the weather but that wasn’t one of the criteria.
After reading that list I clicked on a link to another one: 10 Most Depressing States in the U.S. and guess what! Oklahoma is on this list too. Well… there are some depressing things about Oklahoma, such as, approximately two-thirds of voters voted for John McCain for president not to mention that a majority keep voting for Jim Inhofe over and over again. And Tom Coburn. And every time you turn on the local news you hear about another meth lab explosion or someone getting shot in north Tulsa or someone leaving a baby in a hot car. But I don’t think the list makers considered any of those things.
They do mention poverty and the threat of severe weather but the section on Oklahoma begins, Maybe it’s the flat, barren landscape… Really? Seriously? Flat? Barren?. Well… after that, how can one take anything in the article seriously?