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I will not be supporting this President.

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Since 11/9,  I have looked for something to give me comfort and not to feel like my world has just spun into another stratosphere…What kind of place do I live in now.? The idea that enough people were like-minded to Trump and his racist statements has made me ill to my stomach. I have friends and family members who voted him in. I know that most of them voted for him not BECAUSE of his racist, misogynistic and bigoted words but in spite of them… Okay, I get it but here is the  fact that made me feel a little more comfortable about our world…..74.2 % of our country DID NOT elect Trump. The numbers show that 25.6 % of people voted for Clinton, 1.7 % for Johnson and 46.9% of eligible voters did not  vote at all.  Almost 101 MILLION people didn’t even care enough to partake in this election. That is not the part that makes me feel good, in fact that horrifies me but that is a whole other topic ..  The bottom line is that only 25.5 % of Americans elected Trump. So only 1/4 of our country support him. That is not a majority and that is certainly not a mandate.

Now, having said that, it doesn’t mean that our country isn’t as dangerous as we feel. Incidents of Trump supporters acting out aggressively are happening all over the country. In Texas, a group calling themselves the Texas Vigilantes have posted signs warning that they will “form tar and feathering vigilante groups to round up and punish people supporting ‘Diversity Garbage'”..And it has already started. Before Trump tackles dismantling every thing President Obama has done, Trump needs to show us how he plans to lead and let these followers know that this hateful behavior is not acceptable to him or any one else.  He needs to call off his dogs NOW.

Because of these types of fears, there is a whole movement of people wearing safety pins to identify themselves as safe harbor to any who needs it. . I have heard a few cynical comments about this but I feel that since we don’t know what will be happening, it can’t hurt.   However,  I have chosen another way. I will be wearing my vintage Votes for Women button. My plan is to go after the 46.9% of non voters. Maybe it will be a conversation starter that will give me a chance to preach about the voting process and our history. It will give me 4 years to convince those people how different this election could have turned out if they had shown up and how important it is that they vote next time.

The other thing that has bothered me has been the constant urging to buck up and accept and support Trump for the good of our country. Since I don’t believe that Trump is good for our country, I will give Trump the same support that the Trump supporters have shown President Obama. I think that number is Zero. They blocked him on everything that he has tried to do . I felt much better when I made the decision to do what I can to stop whatever Trump tries to do. He does not represent me and he does not own me. And that makes me feel pretty damn good.

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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!!!!!!!!!

The spinning of Hillary Clinton……

 

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“Woman’s Work” (monoprint with etching and collage)- d.little-wilson

I think the time has come to start enjoying the history being made, rather than sitting silently and worrying about what might happen. Women’s History is pushing forward in spite of the walls that have been built to block the way. That is truly remarkable.

So let’s get right to it and talk about Hillary Clinton……

As long as I have watched Hillary, she has had to defend herself against a constant barrage of Conservative propaganda. I have marveled at her tenacity. Her dedication to fighting for social justice overrides whatever is thrown at her. Personally, I would have thrown in the towel long ago or just carried the towel to the beach along with a very strong mojito. Is the United States really worth all the negative beatings that she has had to endure? Evidently she believes we are worth it and she has not given up on US even though she could have. Sadly,  that fact just gets spun into the idea that she is only power hungry and overly ambitious.

She started forming these dastardly ideals when she was a teenager and saw Martin Luther King speak. For a male to have such aspirations at an early age, he is rewarded with pride and is encouraged. For a female,  she is usually met with a smile and is stiffled. This is nothing new for women. In biblical times, men debated whether women had souls, so men have had fears about women from the beginning of time. It is no wonder that it has taken so long for a woman to get as far as Hillary in the political world. Luckily, Hillary had the support of her family.

Now, I know many  have bought into the 25 some odd years of propaganda against the Clintons.   At every turn, I hear blanket statements about how Hillary is such a liar and how she is an overzealous and corrupt witch, usually parroted along with “Benghazi” or her blatant disregard of rules about her emails. And yet…. she has not been found guilty of anything. Some how that does not stop the desire to make Hillary into an evil human being set out to destroy the world. Just wishing something true, doesn’t make it so. But that is the nature of propaganda, say it enough and eventually it is taken as a truth. And the problem with the propaganda against the Clintons is that Conservatives have put out so much of it that it is almost impossible to find the truth. But ,of course, it is there if you do the research.

 

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“Her Life on the Line” (Hand colored Etching) -d. little-wilson

I would like to go back to 1992 when Bill Clinton was running for President against George H. W. Bush. Hillary, an accomplished lawyer fighting for the rights of children and the disenfranchised  was asked by Family Circle magazine to pit herself against Barbara Bush on an important woman issue… baking cookies. Unfortunately, Hillary didn’t play along gracefully. She had the wild notion that a first lady didn’t have to surrender her career totally if her husband became the leader of the free world and just bake cookies.  She did submit an Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe but it was too late. The punishing of Hillary had begun.

Her belief that women should be able to tackle major issues has always been a whipping post issue. Instead of redecorating the Blue Room, she took on Healthcare and was met with patronizing criticism. “We voted for Bill but not Hillary” etc. AND then when it hit the fan that Bill cheated on Hillary, there was terrible disappointment that she didn’t divorce or kill him. Instead they vilify HER for standing by her man because she enjoyed her position and loved the lime life, like a Kardashian.

If she tries to keep her cool, she is too reserved and a cold fish. God forbid that she ever cry or she will be labeled as too emotional to handle the hard stuff. If her hair is too short or she wears pants, she is only trying to be a man or is she just  a lesbian? And how much does she spend on her clothes? They think her voice is too shrill while their candidate can openly be misogynistic and a racist and is tolerated. Someone dies, did she have him killed?

Hillary gets spun like the rinse cycle on a washing machine every day. She should be deemed “clean” by now, don’t you think?

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“She always seems in Hot Water” (monoprint w/etching & collage)-d.little-wilson

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.

Three Suffragists Etchings…..

"susan b anthony"I started with 3 rather large drawings that I made of 3 suffragists…. Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Carrie Chapman Catt … Sort of the beginning and the end results of the process of getting women the right to vote…. I have been interested for quite some time  in the idea of  creating images of women using words or objects to form their bodies and drawing their heads… These women had so much to say that I thought it would be quite easy to form their bodies with their words…. Since Susan B was on the road so much, I filled her with advertisements of her upcoming speeches and other ephemera promoting her….. And her infamous statement running down her arm, “Failure is Impossible”.. and a photo of Elizabeth Cady Stanton over her heart…..

I have a good collection of suffrage postcards and wanted to include them some way so I made etchings of three of them and matched them up to the three different women…. The Susan B Lives postcard, of course, was obvious and  had to go with my Susan B etching and I think, completes the idea that her spirit is still alive and well in the current women’s movement…. our ever constant fight for equality with the men and generally our place in the world…. Failure is Impossible…. The postcard is something done in probably the 70s…..

elizabeth cady stantonFor Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B’s best friend, I filled her body with her most important speech, “The Solitude of Self”….. If you are not familiar with this writing, check it out by clicking here.. It is probably the best piece she wrote and speaks passionately of full freedoms of individuals… It was her farewell speech when she resigned as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1892….. Again, remember we didn’t get the vote until 1920….. The postcard I chose to be paired with her etching was probably from either the 30s 0r 40s and was a birth announcement. I felt she was definitely born to fight for this cause …..

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And in the third etching of Carrie Chapman Catt, I constructed her body with an article that she wrote for a magazine about Equal Suffrage as an Issue of World Democracy… Carrie Chapman Catt sort of brought a conclusion to the voting struggle along with Alice Paul and all of the numerous courageous suffragists….. I love the postcard that I used with her of George Washington questioning “Did I save my country for this?”….. Well, yes, George W, this is our country too…..

I chose the accent color of red to punch up the striking importance of this part of our history…… Red is a color that is hard to ignore….. And for you printmakers, I printed the two colors on one plate and the color on the postcards was added after the etchings were printed and dried.

Each of these etchings is about 5.5 X 10 inches….

and just a little FYI….. are $145. each,  unframed….

Speak Up for What You Believe In…….

This is a rare real photo postcard that I was extremely fortunate to buy at the Wichita Postcard Show a couple of weeks ago….. It broke my bank but I had to have it…. I bought it from Tom Mulvaney, a postcard dealer from Helena, Montana…..He had the image researched because he thought it was of Jeanette Rankin, the first woman congresswoman, who happened to be from Montana, as well…. But he couldn’t find any evidence that it was… It would be nice to know who the woman was but it is more the demonstration of bravery that captured my imagination….

Right after I bought this card, I found another suffrage card…… It is by the artist, Bernhardt Wall……

But I didn’t get this postcard for the front, I bought it because of the message on the back…….

The message reads “I believe I heard you say that you favor votes for women. Do you wear a Suffragette button?” …….. A call to stand up….. Can you imagine what it would have been like before 1920, to wear a button on your blouse or dress, saying that you think women should have a voice as important as a man’s.. I wonder if Miss Ida K. Miller was that brave…..

I will be making an etching that will combine the real photo and this postcard back to convey the message that it is important to not just believe in a cause but to stand up and let the rest of the world know what you have in your heart….. I will post the etching when I get it done…..

You know, it has bothered me that I haven’t been brave enough to put an Obama sticker on my van for fear of having the tires slashed….. It is time that we stop living in a world controlled by fear …… We have to stop letting anyone who disagrees with what we believe to continue to bully us around….. We have had enough of that from the present administration….

Right now, the main thing that we can all do is get out and vote between now and Nov. 4th…. I will be voting for Barack Obama for change and for a better future that hopefully won’t contain as much intimidation by fear …… Okay, I guess, I will go put that sticker on my van now……

With a Wink and a Prayer… Let’s talk about Sarah Palin

Okay, I have a confession to make and it involves this prized possession of mine…. My good friend, Hal Ottaway found this vintage pin for me and I have worn it almost constantly since I got it…. I loved the connection that I felt with the woman who wore this button before me….. I wondered if she lived long enough to cast her first vote…..I wore this pin to spark conversations about voting…. most people thought I was making a statement about Hillary…. It was really just an excuse to preach to women about voting and the history of how we got the vote…..And when I voted in the Primary, I wore the button (discretely) into the voting booth and touched it as I voted for the first time in my life for a woman for President…. I was overwhelmed by the historic significance of the moment…..

Hillary didn’t win, of course but I was equally excited about Barack Obama….. I admired McCain’s service to our country but when he said he would stay in Iraq for a hundred years, if it took that long to win that war, I was appalled…. and started to worry about what our world would become under the rule of another Warrior (in so called “Maverick’s” clothing)…. Once he made his decision to have Palin for his running mate, my worry went into overdrive… I had no idea who she was but the more I learned the worse my worry became…

I was disheartened and insulted that this woman was McCain’s idea of the kind of woman who would best represent the women in this country…. It showed me that he has no understanding of who women are and what we need… Does he think we are so stupid that any person with a vagina would lure the Hillary supporters away from Barack Obama?…..

This woman does not speak for me….

SO, I took off my button because I didn’t want anyone to assume that I was for Palin because “Votes for Women” meant Vote for ANY Woman…… Quite frankly, I didn’t want to talk about her at all… But if you know me, you know that sooner or later I would have to speak my mind…..

So let’s talk about Sarah Palin…..

First of all, I have to say that I wanted to see her fall on her face during the debate…. I felt guilty because as a feminist, I shouldn’t want to watch any woman fall flat on her face, EVER…… Like most everyone else, I am ready for this race to be over and to me, if Palin failed miserably, McCain’s run for the White House would be seen for what it is (a huge mistake), Obama would be President by a landslide and all would be right with the world……

But Palin did better than I expected which wasn’t a huge feat because my expectations of her were so low … Putting aside the fact that she said nothing substantial, I found her over the top “folksy” attitude and speech frightening…. Doesn’t the public remember that Bush got elected and reelected because of his good old boy folksy ways? So why would we want more of the same ? This country can’t afford more of the same….. It certainly isn’t a maverick who would play that card to the hilt……… Wake up all you hockey moms and Joe SixPacks….. ( I can’t believe she said that)…. I am neither of those but I certainly want someone more intelligent and informed than myself to be President or VP…….

And all that winking….. good God… was that supposed to be charming? Maybe she was winking because she was trying to get that clump hair out of her eye….My Mother may be a Republican but I would imagine she was thinking Palin needs to have a good hair cut….. You Betcha..

I have been called a Pollyanna many times but even I can see that our world has been made far more dangerous than it ever has been, physically and financially, thanks to Bush’s cowboy, maverick style.. McCain and Palin can’t distance themselves from Bush because like other’s have said, Palin is just George Bush in a dress….

I have more to say about Palin but it exhausts me to be this negative at too long of a stretch.. But I will catch my breath and say more tomorrow…..

And so I will close with this prayer……

“Please God, don’t let Americans be hood-‘winked’ again….”