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Don’t Try to Shame Me Anymore……

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A while back, I had a friend on Facebook try to shame me by saying that I am only voting for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman. Well, he actually didn’t call her a woman, he described her by her vagina.  I felt, as did my friends  that we had to defend our position by pointing out her qualifications. He refused to believe that we were that knowledgable so he persisted with his idea. The more he pushed, the more I felt the need to prove that Hillary was more than just a woman. Through out this election, I feel like I have been having to defend her and my position by down playing the fact that she is a woman. I am mad at myself for allowing him or anyone to bully me away from this  important historical aspect and the excitement of what is about to happen.

We are going to elect our very First Woman President.

I am done side stepping the fact that Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has fought hard to get to this spot in history.  I am done with listening to people whine about how unlikeable she is by using the same sort  of the scrutiny that all women have had to put up with through out history…. She is too loud, her voice is too shrill, she is not feminine, she is not pretty, She is not soft, she is too cold acting, she doesn’t smile enough, she wears pant suits, she is too robotic, her hair cut is not feminine enough, she is too secretive, she is not trustworthy, she is too forward.She is too assertive or career minded. And ON and ON…All of her public life, she has been battered by the media so it is little wonder that so many have bought into that sort of  propaganda. What Hillary has accomplished in her service to our country outweighs what the opposition is trying to batter us with now.  I don’t view Hillary Clinton as Mother Theresa but she is by far NOT the devil incarnate either. She is an accomplished, intelligent and extremely qualified WOMAN.

Her opponent expounds the idea that he is worthy of President because he is  an outsider to politics. Hillary may have chosen politics as her career path but as most of us know, her gender has caused her to be an outsider who has had to fight harder to get her foothold. Politics has always been a man’s domain so maybe if it is screwed up, the kind of ousiders we need are informed women.  In 2015, 104 (76D, 28R) women hold seats in the United States Congress, comprising 19.4% of the 535 members; 20 women (20%) serve in the United States Senate, and 84 women (19.3%) serve in the United States House of Representatives.                                                                                                                                           Zero women have been President of the United States. That is (0%.)

She will make mistakes along the way. Attacks on her will be brutal. Her opponent  and his followers will plague her like the locusts that they are. But like the Suffragists before her, she will set an example to pave the way for more women to be brave enough to step up and  attempt to make this world an even  better place for all of us. She is about to show us that women can be anything they dream of being…. even President of the United States of America.

Oh,  and did I mention she is a WOMAN!!!!!!!!!

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The Irony of Melania Trump’s Speech

 

As a feminist, I try very hard not to bash other women.  I don’t do so well when it comes to women like Sarah Palin or Ann Coulter but Melania Trump is a different situation.

I debated whether or not to even watch her speech but it appears that I didn’t have to since I saw some of it in 2008, when Michelle delivered it.  Yes, I will admit that late last night I had a little giggle as the reports rolled in about her plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech.

Now the irony of this awkward situation for the Trump campaign is that they are trying loudly and abusively to distance themselves from President Obama and Hillary Clinton. And Yet….. the person closest to Donald Trump comes out and pointedly says that they have the same family values as Barack Obama and his wife. Can it get any better than this?

As much as Trump wants to be divisive, his dear wife inadvertently brings us all together and copies not the speech of another Republican president’s  wife, like Laura, Barbara, or Nancy but she relies on the help of the much ridiculed but brilliant wife, Michelle Obama. She admitted several days before to Matt Lauer that she had written most of the speech herself but she neglected to say that got help from Michelle. She had painted herself into a corner.  Sadly, it wouldn’t have been plagiarism  if she had just stated that “just like Michelle Obama, I……” but she very well couldn’t have done that in front of those gnashing wolves at the convention. If she hadn’t been Trump’s wife, they would have eaten her alive.

So this morning, as a feminist, I have to admire Melania’s efforts. She emulated someone she admired. A woman who is a Democrat. She may not have the best taste in men but in women…. she couldn’t have done any better.

TO The Women Against Feminism:…..

I guess it is time to dust off this blog.

TO the Women Against Feminism:

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First of all,  I have gone to your website and read your signs and it is clear to me that you have bought into a very negative  assumption of who a feminist is .

I am a feminist. I shave my legs and under my arms. Even though I am over weight, I worry and fuss with how I look. I go to the gym. Wearing black is not a militant statement but my feeble attempt to look thinner. I love men.  I am married to one. I am a stepmom. We have four grandsons. I am not angry. In fact, I am a pretty happy person. I laugh quite a bit. I don’t feel oppressed . I feel very lucky. Most of my girlfriends are feminists with the kind of  empathy and compassion that comes from the experience of living long lives. We are not harpies…

We understand the exhausting work that many women did by stepping forward and demanding that women have equal rights.  If you think that women’s struggles are over, you are mistaken. As long as there are discussions about what women can or cannot do with their own bodies, there will be more hard work to be done.  Are there discussions of making laws about what men can  do with their bodies ? Women need to stick together, not be pitted against each other…

Your agenda reads Women Against Women to me and I am not clear why you feel the need to slam the brave women who have blazed a trail to give you the very rights you are exercising.. These rights did not come to you out of thin air. In Biblical times, men debated whether women had souls and it wasn’t until  1920, after a long hard struggle and a lot of persistence that women won the right to vote. You are able to lead your privileged lives because of feminists…..

On your website, several women commented that there is no Patriarchy in the US. That it is a lie that feminists like to scream about. Please tell me how many women presidents or vice presidents there have been.  Women hold 4.8 percent of the Fortune 500 CEO positions and 5.1 percent of the Fortune 1000  CEO positions. In the House of Representatives, there are 435 members and 79 of them are women. Out of the 100 Senators serving our country, only 20 are women. And one of my favorite issues… do you know how many art works in the Louvre Museum in Paris are done by women? Or any art museum around the world, for that matter ?  I am glad that you feel that you are not being controlled by men but the pure fact of the matter is that you are.

Look, this is all about the spin…Being a “feminist” has always met with opposition. Mainly from people who felt threatened by women with an opinion. It was important for these people to give a negative spin on the word as part of their strategy.  And sadly, you believe them. That’s okay, I was young and naive once, too.

Now, I am but one of the feminists you are against. But I want you to know that although I know you are extremely capable of speaking out for yourself, I am FOR you. And I will never be AGAINST you, even if you are against me. I can live with that. Women have done that for hundreds of years.

And lastly, I like to have my door opened for me too but I also like to open that door for other people. It is a sign of caring and respect.