Happy New Year! I am feeling better than ever after a fantastic holiday visit with twin baby nephews, sisters, and Vegas performers. Now I am looking forward to the March for Women in Washington, January 21, to which my 13-year old son will accompany me. Are you going or someone you know, take this 30 second headcount survey.
Why do I march? Because marching unites us and is good for democracy. Because even though I have a special love for men (Hi Honey and boys!), I genuinely like women. Because I laughed out loud all four times I saw the Ghostbusters reboot (that’s right…I got the eighties jokes, and I enjoy female banter, and I appreciated the irony of gender role reversal). But most of all I march because standing up for one marginalized group means standing up for all of them, all of us.
How we treat women in any given society is a litmus test for how civilized, fair and advanced that society is. But make no mistake, when I march for women I am also marching for minorities, and men, and the rust belt, because all of us take turns being down and out (some of us just spend longer in the down and out position than others). At the end of the day, sexual harassment/discrimination, racism, nationalism, etc. all stem from the same roots: power, abuse of power, and how to divvy resources to maintain power. It’s about getting away with it simply because you can, and about dividing people to make it easier to control them, and about limiting resources to some in order to enrich yourself.
When people abuse power, they no longer deserve power. No matter if it is in the locker room, the bus, the classroom, the workplace, or our Nation’s top leadership.
Republicans abused their power then they made their pact in 2008 to oppose Obama every step of the way, even when they agreed with him, even when it was best for the country to agree with him; their sole purpose was to “get back in power”, (seeking absolute power) not to use their power for the good of the country by doing the hard work of compromise. And Trump abuses his power almost daily with lying, irresponsible, reckless, and unethically self-enriching tweets.
So I will don my knitted pussy hat (gift from a dear friend) as we stand indivisible and march for all of us.
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I am so glad that you are going to this! I hope you post some pictures…people have the power!
Yay Chicago Marchers! It will probably me more comfortable in the local city marches. Will be thinking of you and bonding from across ther country.
I saw this on Facebook. Feel free to share with anyone who’s going to be marching: http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/2016/12/what-to-wear-to-a-protest-march.html
Fantastic link from The Watchdog. Much obliged!
Right on! Read this blog just after reading an old People Magazine article 10/31/16 with the article regarding Trump “groping, kissing, touching, reaching up skirts…” on unsuspecting women…many testimonials….over 30 years…..and couldn’t help but think how TRAGIC it is that we will have a “leader” with so little respect for women. Having been a working mother of 4 daughters, rising in a fortune 100 corporation, I can only say it seems like we are going backwards. It has always been a struggle for working women and I can only hope we have reached and achieved some advancement but it is easy to fall back again to the days of old when we were viewed more as pleasure machines and property…Good luck to us!!!
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Thanks for your wisdom from experience. Women like you opened doors and those of us following behind need to keep them open!
Jana and I are going to the Chicago march.
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