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IWD thread: an update

7 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

For those who read this thread, I offer an apology.

It’s very difficult for me, given current events, to find motivation to continue talking about the need for everyone–including women–to see everyone else–particularly women, both cis and trans, and gender fluid/gender queer people–as equals.

The current administration has declared April to be “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

Irony has died.

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The girl and the bull

15 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

On January 21 of this year, millions of women marched–on Washington DC, on large cities like New York or Los Angeles, and in small towns. They marched in the United States, and they marched around the world. They marched for all women, and for humanity itself.

A few weeks later, a bronze statue of a girl was set in front of the iconic bronze bull on Wall Street. Seemingly fearless, this young, unarmed female stares down a charging bull many times her size.

Immediately, praise was heaped upon the idea and what it purports to symbolize.

Here’s why it’s neither deserving of acclaim, nor representative of women:

Let’s have a little look at this statue for a minute. What we have here is a skinny little girl, normatively dressed for her assumed gender, with her hair in a ponytail. She looks very young, and she does not have anything in her hands, such as a gun, a matador’s cape, or an angry hive of bees — anything that would actually do something about a charging bull.

Her pose dramatically evokes bravery, but the statue, however well meaning, is a bunch of really stupid consciousness-raising — whereas the Day Without a Woman actually got a whole lot of women more deeply aware of the fact that what we do in the world keeps the world going, and that when we stop doing those things the world stops.

And those women and girls would not only be there for a month. Those women and girls would be there in bronze, taking that bull down forever.

How women’s participation, and their exclusion, have impacted the country’s history.

13 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

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Women’s History Month

10 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

So March is Women’s History Month in the US. To celebrate it, as well as providing a striking visual of the incredibly large gender gap in publishing, a bookstore in Cleveland, OH, flipped all the books by male authors.

One of the first reactions I saw was to ask if it was ‘fair’ to obscure some authors to highlight others.

Gee, I wonder how many women authors have felt that, ever.

Soon after, someone else asked, How about women authors publishing under male pseudonyms?

Isn’t the fact that female authors still feel the need to submit manuscripts under male pseudonyms, particularly in genres like Science Fiction, further proof of the gender gap?

A while back, in the literature forum, I brought this up, and was told (in so many words) that there’s not that much of a gender gap in publishing. Wonder if that opinion still holds.

The myth of women seeking to ruin men’s lives and careers.

8 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Since Casey Affleck just won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Mel Gibson’s movie was nominated for 8 Oscars, this seems timely:

“Gibson and Affleck are a reminder that when we say, “Women who accuse men of hurting them are lying in order to ruin the men’s careers,” we are not only victim blaming, we are also engaging in a myth. Because hurting women often does not hurt men’s careers — not if they’re rich enough and white enough.

“…the biggest difference between Parker’s story and Gibson and Affleck’s stories is that Gibson and Affleck are wealthy, well-connected, and white. Gibson has been a Hollywood superstar for decades. Affleck isn’t as well known as the other Affleck, but the other Affleck is his brother.

“Parker’s story fit neatly into that old American horror story of the pure and innocent white woman menaced by the sexually aggressive black man — that story that so neatly combines misogyny and racism — which imbued it with staying power.”

Lest we forget: this happens in all fields, and at all levels. From politicians, to sport stars, to CEO’s–to the manager who simply knows his female employee has no recourse but to put up with his grabby hands and demeaning words, or be out of a job–qualifications and performance be damned.

International Women’s Day 2017

5 Mar

(Originally posted to the community forum at MyMedia)

After a hiatus brought on by incredibly depressing current events, I bring you the next International Woman’s Day celebration:

The date of the “Day Without A Woman” strike coincides with another important event: International Women’s Day — which is no coincidence. International Women’s Day began in 1908 when thousands of women gathered in New York City to demand better working conditions, better pay, and the right to vote. The first official International Women’s Day was observed three years later, in 1911. Given that, according to the Women’s March website, the purpose of “A Day Without A Woman” is to recognize “the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity,” it makes perfect sense that the strike coincides with International Women’s Day.


9 Nov

Whatever social progress was made in the last six decades in the USoA?

Pretty much sure to be gone within six months. The Voting Rights Act was gutted, and the next President elect is a misogynist, a xenophobe, a racist, an ignoramus, a compulsive liar, who says things like “I will consult myself first, because I have a very good brain, and I have said things,” with a straight face. But hey, he’s a white cis philanderer who’s proud of how he can grab women’s genitals, because he’s a ‘celebrity.’

The fate of the planet in the face of a US President who believes climate change is a hoax?

Yeah, I should start making plans to move inland from Florida soon.

And I don’t even want to think about what is going to happen to the world’s economy with this…this waste of space plutocrat wannabe and his cadre of self serving ass-kissers in power in the USoA for dog knows how long.

It sure looks like all that ‘post-racial’ society crap was indeed a very thin veneer barely covering hatred.

May the universe have pity on us all.