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Just The Tip (Of The Iceberg): Why the Women’s Marches are about more than just Trump

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I’ve seen some posts by people trying to downplay all the Women’s Marches as merely being about impotently protesting Trump only.
These marches are about SO MUCH MORE than protesting one man.
Why are women being vilified for wanting to be regarded as being of equal value as men are in society?
There seems to be a knee-jerk reaction when women report having been treated unfairly or having seen such. For some weird reason, this is interpreted as “hating men”. We are told there’s “no need” for the feminist movement, and that women who support that movement are to be feared and hated.

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 (Swap the ‘w’ for a ‘b’ and you’ll see the REAL reason women who practiced herbal medicine and lived outside the strictures of patriarchal society were persecuted, hunted down and slaughtered as “witches”)

 

 

Well, there most certainly IS a need for the feminist movement because:

When a woman shows up in the ER, her level of pain must be SIGNIFICANTLY higher than a comparable male’s in order for her to be taken seriously that it’s not somehow ‘all in her mind’.
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Women’s heart attack symptoms are SIGNIFICANTLY different than a male’s, yet the only symptoms shown in mainstream media are male symptoms – resulting in fewer women being able to self-identify when they are having a heart attack and fewer people around them taking their symptoms seriously.
 
Those are just two examples. Here’s another:
 
How many women have experienced this: whether in work, school, in a relationship or social/other setting, if a woman has an idea it gets downplayed, ridiculed, ignored, but afterwards, if a male voices that same idea, it gets lauded as though it were the most brilliant idea, despite the male most likely having merely copied the idea from the female that voiced it first.
 
And another:
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How many times have we seen the military being portrayed in TV/movies like this: The drill sergeant addresses the new recruits: “Listen up, ladies!” or compares them to “women” in a way that indicates being like a woman is somehow weak, inferior, of less value than being a man.
 
And another:
 
Men are so terrified to be equated with women, that men who are sexually assaulted (whether by another man or by a woman), or who are the victims of domestic violence, are seldom able to report this to the authorities for fear of being seen as occupying a “lesser” role – the “female” role. And the ones who do bravely attempt to report this, sadly often find themselves being re-victimized by the authorities (as they do to victims of both genders), whether by outright ridicule or by disbelief, because supposedly “real men” don’t get raped or abused, only the “weaker” sex – women – do.
 
And another:
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From a very young age, boys are programmed by society to not express “feminine” emotions or preferences. “Boys don’t cry. Men don’t cry.” “Pink is for girls, blue is for boys.” “Superheroes are for boys, princesses are for girls.” “Dolls are for girls, only the mother should take care of the baby/kids.” “Housework is women’s work.”
 
And another:
 
“Girls aren’t good at math.”
(Go see the movie “Hidden Figures” to disprove that one.)
 
And another:
 
Practically any industry or occupation that was initially male dominated (due to societal discrimination against women), was respected and thought highly of. After society relaxed it’s prohibition against women entering the workplace and women began entering those professions, whether teaching, cooking, computer programming, real estate, the sciences, men began disdaining those professions as suddenly not being “as hard as” other still-male-dominated professions, despite the women working just as hard as, and in some cases, even harder, than the men in those professions had.

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When men then began to enter previously female-dominated professions that had been ridiculed as being “women’s work” and therefore less respected, those men were ridiculed for doing “women’s work”…until a large enough percentage of men had entered that industry, then suddenly those professions gained respect and legitimacy in the eyes of society: nursing, for example.
 
And another:
 
When a woman has a legitimate grievance, she is blown off and asked if she’s having “that time of the month”. When a man has a grievance, there is no brushing it off as being due to temporary hormonal surges and therefore not worth paying any heed to, regardless of the legitimacy of the grievance.
 
And another:
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Men who lead are praised as having executive leadership abilities. Women who lead are called “bossy” and “bitches”.
 
Trump is only the very visible, very loudmouthed, tip of the iceberg. Women weren’t protesting and marching “only” against Trump, they were protesting against the entire iceberg that taken as a whole is harmful to both women AND men.
 
And that is why we need feminism.
 
Not because we want to “feminize” men, but because sexism, misogyny and prejudice against women and stereotypically “feminine” characteristics (whether exhibited by women OR men) is wrong.

 

And don’t even get me started on the globally pervasive (sometimes even directed at hetero folks) homophobia that is also a result of “feminine” characteristics being deemed “weak” and “wrong” for men, and “masculine” characteristics being deemed “strong” and “wrong” for women!

Cheesehat: A Mouse’s Tale – Discovering life beyond the confines of dogmatic belief systems.

I was chatting recently with another mama friend who’s questioning a lot of things lately, particularly religion and some of the dogmatic beliefs that unfortunately can be a part of many worship communities. And it called to mind my own ‘wake-up call’ in 2012 when my mind was opened just enough to let the Light in – and I saw my “church” in a whole new way.
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It was cataclysmic for me and I have sympathy for my friend because I knew something of what she was going through and would continue to go thru as she tries to make order of a world thrown topsy-turvy when she realized that the dogmatic beliefs she’d been following were there to control and constrain her growth, not to nurture it.
 
It inspired me to draw a little comic strip about some of what I experienced (I’m NOT a great artist.) and I thought – go big or go home – and made it into a little vid on youtube. Hope you enjoy it. 😀
Civilized comments are welcome. 😀
Cheesehat: A Mouse’s Tale – Discovering life beyond the confines of dogmatic belief systems.

My Car Won’t Start! A Tale Of Mercury Retrograde! Dec 19, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

mercI should know better. I should really, really, really know better, but somehow it totally slipped my mind, as retrograde planets do, that Mercury was in retrograde right about now.

Yesterday morning my car wouldn’t start. Not only wouldn’t it start, but it was making little hissy-fit clicks at me. It was a sullen car. This car was literally emoting sullenness at me.  So I do what I usually do when faced with vehicular trouble – I called my husband to come help me out. (Yeah, yeah, I know – liberated feminism and all that yadda yadda. I don’t care – when it comes to cars and insect removals – I call the person I know best who actually has experience with such things.)

So he pokes around, decides my car needs a jumpstart and handily provides it. Then tells me my jaunt to the grocery store might not be long enough to recharge the battery and I might get stranded there, and oh by the way, be home by noon, he’s got an appointment to get to. But, ya know, no pressure or anything. 😀

Luckily I make it there and back and even get to schlep it over to my mechanic. The mechanic tells me that merely driving the car around isn’t enough to charge it fully, I’ll either need to leave it with him overnight and for $20 he’ll charge it for me, or I can buy a charger of my own for around $50 at an auto supply store and have it on hand whenever I need it.

Hmm….

So I call my favorite auto supply store where they are very nice and don’t sneer at me for not being able to do car stuff or when I call car parts “thingy”.  A lovely young lady trudges out with me, into the winter cold and hooks up some gizmo to my battery. She says that the battery only has a half charge and I might need a new one.

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A new battery? We’ve only had this one since 2010! Then she points to all the bubbling ooze and acid corrosion it has on it and around it and under it…well, you get the picture. It isn’t pretty. So I guess I kinda sorta maybe do need a new battery, how much are those?

OVER A HUNDRED DOLLARS??!! Holy Toledo, Batman!

She says she’ll try to charge the battery first, about 30 minutes – FREE!!!! YAY!!! If it still won’t hold a charge, she really, really thinks it’d be a good idea to get a new one. Or, ya know, be constantly in need of a jumpstart, especially since cold weather makes tetchy batteries even more cranky.

Ooookaaayyyy…..

So, 30 minutes later and the verdict is not good.  The battery won’t hold a charge. The battery to replace it is $120.

Sigh…I hand over my credit card.  The store manager is nice enough to do an online quickie price comparison and finds it cheaper at another chain and gives me a discount to compensate, even throws in some anti-corrosive thingy, too! 😀  Total including tax is about $116. 😀

Finally, when I get home, I remember – oh yeah….Mercury Retrograde!  In addition to mechanical things going gaflooey, contracts getting sticky and communication breakdowns, this one seems to be packing an additional wallop of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ in the overall planetary vibe department.

You can read all about that here:

Mercury Retrograde In Capricorn And Sagittarius: Dec 19th, 2016 – Jan 8th, 2017

The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowin’ In The Wind…

It seems like politics has practically become a form of religious zealotry with all the mud-slinging, name-calling and vitriol being tossed around! Think how much good could be done for the world if all that negative energy were instead transmuted into positive energy and channeled into everything in the world, society, “the system” that we know needs some fixing?

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Reserving our ire for only the figureheads of the myriad ills of our nation is worse than useless. What are we personally doing on a day-to-day basis to remove the scourges of racism, sexism, human exploitation/trafficking, abuse, homelessness, hunger and rotting infrastructure, environmental destruction? Petty squabbling and name-calling like children? Not too sure that’d be effective.

Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, MLK Jr., JFK, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Joan Baez, William Wilberforce, Nelly Bly, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Erin Brockovich, the Standing Rock Water Protectors and so many others were not special snowflakes. They saw the injustices right there in front of them, they rolled up their sleeves and they waded right in, whether it was by use of their occupation, their voice, their pen, their pulpit, placing their body as a blockade, or their outpouring of compassion for their fellow human beings, they certainly made a difference in the world around them with reverberations that are still felt today and which will continue to be felt for generations to come.

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