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"We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever."
—Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876
One of the main reasons I finally decided to start venting here is because of all the crap women have had to put up with - especially within the last several weeks.  I know I don't need to explain myself here because TONS of men and women alike have been writing about Rush's tangents, various panels and parties attempted conquering, and certain wing nuts trying to put women back well over 100 years.  I wondered what I could write and how it would be different but I don't think it needs to be.  My thoughts, feelings, and opinions are what they are and I don't think I need to write a personal back-story as many of you will soon find out my current and future feelings on the subject very soon.

I have been chatting with a few women I admire this week.  They were young adults in the 60s and 70s and they told me that what women have been facing in just the last few weeks is just as bad if not worse that what they were facing back then.  One mentioned a BIG difference this time around it seems more and more men understand our fight.  For that I am grateful.  Do you think this many men would have come forward with negative feedback about Rush's comments in the 60s and 70s?  How about back in the 1870s?

In the last few weeks I have been labeled a feminist, communist, and lesbian just for being a girl scout when I was young.  I have been called a slut and prostitute just for taking the pill in my past.  The Republican Party sure is doing a bang-up-job with recruiting new party members by calling these people, organizations, and interests out - aren't they?  

"There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers."
—Susan B. Anthony
Over the years Feminists and Feminism have gotten a bad rap - why?  Or should I say...from who(m)?  I guess all of these thoughts DO make me a feminist.  I'm fine with that.  I have always been in some way, shape, or form.  I know it's cliche but History Really DOES repeat itself and NOW is that time...feminists and feminism is is back in the forefront.  Some people out there despise it - but it's because of THOSE people - it's back and stronger than ever!
"You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast, which is what I tried to do."
—Jane Fonda
The older I get - the more I realize...I have a harder and harder time "shutting up".  Is that a bad thing?  That is what THEY want, tho, right?

What year is it again?

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
—Janis Joplin
Seriously, tho, if we don't say or do something - who will?
"People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me."
—Princess Diana
That's right!  It's OUR JOB...to think, say, feel, DO.  I REFUSE to go backwards 50 years, 60 years, 100 years, 125 years or more!  If we don't continue to stand up for ourselves - no one else will - and that's exactly where we will be headed!
"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
—Eleanor Roosevelt
There are many days that I feel down - that the world is against me - that I am the only one who thinks and feels a certain way.  Eleanor's quote is hard to remember sometimes - but I try my very best!
"I am also very proud to be a liberal. Why is that so terrible these days? The liberals were liberators—they fought slavery, fought for women to have the right to vote, fought against Hitler, Stalin, fought to end segregation, fought to end apartheid. Liberals put an end to child labor and they gave us the five day work week! What's to be ashamed of?"
—Barbra Streisand
I guess my last thought - my last question - for now is...

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  And will you come along?

Originally posted to jennifervents on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 07:59 PM PST.

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  •  I am PROUD to be a feminist (30+ / 0-)

    and proud to stand up for women.  And that is part and parcel of being a proud Democrat.  We stand up for women (and children and men and our GLBT brothers and sisters) . . . we don't snivel and buckle under to haters, revisionists or, heaven knows the stupid.

  •  I've been a feminist since I was 14. (26+ / 0-)

    I'm along for the long haul.,Been fighting this fight for 28 years and I'm not gonna back down now. What is nice is to see a lot of younger women who liked the bennies women like me earned them with blood, sweat, tears, marches and lots of time, finally realizing that the fight ins't over, that  some guy you've never met can call you a slut for being sexually responsible, and a bunch of old men in funny hats really DO want to  to get Griswald overturned.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:02:20 PM PST

  •  My three are all girls... (16+ / 0-)

    and this stuff is important!  Keep venting... and working!

    Our country can survive war, disease, and poverty... what it cannot do without is justice.

    by mommyof3 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 11:12:43 PM PST

  •  I am a proud feminist, (24+ / 0-)

    and I am a man. (Yes, men can be feminists). I grew up in a family of strong women, especially my recently departed grandmother who was a career woman in a field of men. No woman in my family would put up with the stuff the GOP is trying to do to women. I'm actually a little sad that my grandmother did not live to hear the Rush trash of late. She'd have had something to say about that, no doubt.

    What part of the genders are equal do some of these people not get? Well, nearly equal: there's still a pay disparity which I simply do not understand the rationale for. As a gay man, I find that feminism and queer theory go hand in hand. It's a no-brainer.

    You don't break glass ceilings with your heels, ladies!--my grandmother sometime in the 60's. She was a stalwart supporter of the ERA.
    I am proud of the women and men in my family who raised us right: everyone has the same rights and dignity regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 04:17:34 AM PST

  •  Unite and Fight! (12+ / 0-)

    Understand what your enemy has done.  In the lead up to WWII, some nations knew what Germany was doing, but many paid little or no attention.  Japan, what harm could they be?  Then all hell broke loose.

    The Radical Taliban Style Right Wing of the Republican Party has been beating their drums and little or no one paid much attention.  Then 2010 came and guess what!  All hell broke loose.

    In 2011, legislators have introduced 916 measures related to reproductive health and rights in the 49 legislatures that have convened their regular sessions. Add in the 1st quarter of 2012 and that number is coming close to 1,000.

    By the end of the 1st Quarter of 2011, seven states had enacted 15 new laws on these issues, including provisions that:
    •    expand the pre-abortion waiting period requirement in South Dakota to make it more onerous than that in any other state, by extending the time from 24 hours to 72 hours and requiring women to obtain counseling from a crisis pregnancy center in the interim;
    •    expand the abortion counseling requirement in South Dakota to mandate that counseling be provided in-person by the physician who will perform the abortion and that counseling include information published after 1972 on all the risk factors related to abortion complications, even if the data are scientifically flawed;
    •    require the health departments in Utah and Virginia to develop new regulations governing abortion clinics;
    •    revise the Utah abortion refusal clause to allow any hospital employee to refuse to “participate in any way” in an abortion;
    •    limit abortion coverage in all private health plans in Utah, including plans that will be offered in the state’s health exchange; and
    •    revise the Mississippi sex education law to require all school districts to provide abstinence-only sex education while permitting discussion of contraception only with prior approval from the state.
    In addition to these laws, more than 120 other bills have been approved by at least one chamber of the legislature, and some interesting trends are emerging. As a whole, the proposals introduced this year are more hostile to abortion rights than in the past: 56% of the bills introduced seek to restrict abortion access, compared with 38% last year.
    Three topics—
    •    insurance coverage of abortion,
    •    restriction of abortion after a specific point in gestation and
    •    ultrasound requirements—
    are topping the agenda in several states.
    At the same time, legislators are proposing little in the way of proactive initiatives aimed at expanding access to reproductive health –related services; this stands in sharp contrast to recent years when a range of initiatives to promote comprehensive sex education, permit expedited STI treatment for patients’ partners and ensure insurance coverage of contraception were adopted. For the moment, at least, supporters of reproductive health and rights are almost uniformly playing defense at the state level.

    Insurance Coverage of Abortion
    Insurance coverage of abortion is a front-burner issue in many legislatures. During the first quarter, legislators in 23 states introduced 57 measures on the topic. Many of these measures would restrict coverage of abortion in all insurance plans in the state, while others would apply specifically to the health insurance exchanges envisioned under health care reform.
    Legislators in 11 states (AL, IN, KS, MI, NE, OK, OR, SC, TX, UT and WV) have introduced 18 measures that would restrict abortion coverage under all private health insurance plans. So far this year, one measure has been adopted by a legislative chamber in South Carolina and one has been enacted in Utah. This new law limits coverage to cases of-
    •    life endangerment,
    •    “serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function,”
    •    fetal defect,
    •    rape and incest;
    the law does not specifically require that individuals be allowed to purchase coverage through a rider. Including the new Utah law, six states restrict private abortion coverage
    •    8 states have laws in effect restricting insurance coverage of abortion in all private insurance plans written in the state, including those that will be offered through the health insurance exchanges that will be established under the federal health care reform law.  7 states limit coverage to life endangerment.
    •    1 state limits coverage to life, rape, incest, fetal impairment and “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”
    •    7 states permit additional abortion coverage through purchase of a separate rider and payment of an additional premium.
    •    15 states restrict abortion coverage in plans that will be offered through the insurance exchanges.  6 states limit coverage to life endangerment.
    •    1 state limits coverage to life endangerment and “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”
    •    1 state limits coverage to life endangerment, “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function,” rape or incest.
    •    4 states limit coverage to life endangerment, rape and incest.
    •    1 state limits coverage to life endangerment, rape and incest, fetal impairment and “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”
    •    2 states prohibit any abortion coverage.
    •    15 states restrict abortion coverage in insurance plans for public employees.  5 states limit coverage to life endangerment.
    •    8 states limit coverage to some combination of life endangerment, threat to the woman’s health, rape, incest or fetal abnormality.
    •    2 states prohibit any abortion coverage.
    •    11 states have more than one of the above restrictions.
    Coverage under health exchanges has garnered even more legislative attention. During the first quarter, legislators in 23 states (AL, AR, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MT, NE, NJ, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA and WV) introduced 49 measures that apply to exchange coverage. (Of these, 14 are within the broader measures listed above that would affect all health plans in the state.) Measures have passed one legislative body in five states (AR, IN, OK, SC and VA); both chambers in Idaho and Montana; and one new law has been enacted in Utah subjecting coverage on the exchange to the same restrictions applied to other plans in the state (see above). With the addition of the new Utah law, six states restrict the insurance policies that will be offered through insurance exchanges created under health care reform.

    Gestational Limits on Legal Abortion
    In 2010, Nebraska enacted one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in recent years. The law bans abortion at 20 weeks’ gestation based on the presumption that a fetus feels pain at that point; after 20 weeks, abortions are permitted in the state only when necessary to save the woman’s life or when there is a “serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.” Efforts by antiabortion activists in other states to replicate the measure are bearing fruit in this legislative session. This year, legislators in 17 states (AL, AR, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MN, MS, NJ, NM, OK, OR and SC) have already introduced 35 measures patterned after the Nebraska law.
    Of the measures that have been introduced, 27 parallel the Nebraska law and seek to ban abortion beginning at 20 weeks. Two would ban abortions beginning at 18 weeks’ gestation. The remaining six would restrict abortions after 22 weeks.
    Twenty-nine of the bills contain the extremely narrow health exception included in the Nebraska law. The remaining six bills would permit a slightly broader exception, generally permitting abortion in cases where the woman’s mental health is threatened.
    Five measures that mirror the Nebraska law by seeking to ban abortion at 20 weeks’ gestation except in extremely limited circumstances have received significant legislative consideration. Most notably, the Kansas legislature approved a bill that is now awaiting signature by Gov. Sam Brownback (R), a longtime abortion foe who was a champion of antiabortion causes during his 16-year tenure in the U.S. Congress. Similar measures were approved by a legislative chamber in Idaho, Indiana, Iowa and Oklahoma.

    Ultrasound
    So far this year, legislators in 13 states have introduced 22 bills seeking to mandate that a woman obtain an ultrasound procedure before having an abortion. Bills in seven states (AL, IN, KY, MT, OH, RI and TX) are very similar to a law enacted last year in Oklahoma that requires a woman to undergo an ultrasound procedure, view the image and receive a verbal description of the fetus. Of these, proposals in Kentucky and Texas have been approved by a chamber of the legislature.

    Bills in four other states (AZ, FL, MI, VA) as well as an additional measure in Texas would require the woman to have an ultrasound but then be given the option to view the image or hear the description. The bill in Texas has been approved by one house. (On April 2, the Arizona governor signed measures that require a provider to perform an ultrasound on a woman seeking an abortion and to offer her the option to view the ultrasound image, listen to a detailed description of it and to get a picture of the image.). Finally, bills in Arkansas and Connecticut would require provision of an ultrasound but would not mandate that the woman be given the option to view the image or hear a description.

    Moreover, the legislative proposals in Kentucky and Texas blurred the line between two previously separate issues: requiring an ultrasound prior to an abortion and imposing a waiting period on a woman seeking an abortion. Although the 2010 Oklahoma law had a waiting period, it required that only two hours elapse between the ultrasound and the abortion. The measure that was approved by the Senate in Kentucky would have required 24 hours between the two procedures; the House adjourned for the year before considering the measure. Two measures in Texas include waiting periods: one would mandate a 24-hour wait and the other would require that between 24 and 72 hours elapse; each of the bills has been passed by one house of the legislature, and conferees are working to resolve the differences between the two measures.

    So how do you fight back?  Organize.  Back and support women in the State and Federal Governments who can put forward Bills to combat and enforce women's issues.

    Example:-
    I came across  a Democratic Senator who’s approach to the Republican’s assault on women and their Health Care needs is one that should be looked at by every Democratic State Representative in every State where the Radical (Taliban thinking) Right Wing Conservative Republican Legislatures have rammed Bills of degradation on women .  

    The following was taken from her web page.

    (Ohio) State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) announced legislation today that would protect men in Ohio from the risks of PDE-5 inhibitors, drugs commonly used to treat symptoms of impotence.  Turner’s legislation would include provisions to document that the symptoms are not psychological in nature, and would guide men to make the right decision for their bodies.

     “The men in our lives, including members of the General Assembly, generously devote time to fundamental female reproductive issues—the least we can do is return the favor,” Senator Turner said. “It is crucial that we take the appropriate steps to shelter vulnerable men from the potential side effects of these drugs.”

    The legislation follows the FDA’s recommendation

    1.    Physicians would be required to obtain a second opinion from a psychological professional to verify that a patient has a true medical malady before the medication could be prescribed.

    2.    Evaluation of erectile dysfunction should include a determination of potential underlying causes and the identification of appropriate treatment following a complete medical assessment.

    Similar bills to more closely regulate reproductive health issues have been introduced in the state legislatures of Virginia, Oklahoma, Idaho, and most recently Pennsylvania.

    3.    When a man makes a crucial decision about his health and his body, he should be fully aware of the alternative options and the lifetime repercussions of that decision,”

    4.    Men will be more easily guided through the process of obtaining treatment for sexual impotence so they can better understand and more effectively address their condition.

    5.    PDE-5 inhibitors can carry serious side effects such as priapism, hearing loss, and vision loss, and can be detrimental to men with heart problems, including heart pain, abnormal heart rhythms, high or low blood pressure, or a history of stroke.

    6.    By implementing more intensive screenings (And Extensive testing period over three months  to determine if the man is subject to any of these serious side effects must be followed.)  before prescribing the medication and requiring outpatient educational services, we can do more to prevent the potential side effects linked to PDE-5 inhibitors.

    7.    We must advocate for the traditional family, protect the sanctity of procreation, and ensure that all men using PDE-5 inhibitors are healthy, stable, and educated about their options—including celibacy as a viable life choice.

    "This legislation will do just that.”

    I would like to add a couple more provisions to the proposed legislation by adding the following amendments.

    8.    The physician’s office must meet all construction codes similar to those of the largest hospitals in the State.  This would include but not be limited to hallways, lavatories, labs, storage closets, delivery docks, operating rooms and emergency room facilities.

    9.    All doctors must only be Urologists (general physicians or other specialize physicians cannot participate) and obtain a State Certified Certificate and pass the State Exam (Legislation to follow) to prescribe  PDE-5.

    10.    Anyone who distributes the PDE-5 prescription may refuse on religious beliefs.

    Outrageous?  Yep. but it gets the point across and exposes those Radical Taliban Style Right Wing of the Republicans for the hypocrites they are -

    Anti-Regulation? They certainly want to regulate a woman's body.
    Freedom? They want to enslave women.
    Compassionate Conservative?  They've done everything to degrade women.
    Liberty? They’ve interfered with every part of women's issues.  From Terri Salvo to Ultrasound women after miscarriages, to taxing at a high rate tests for pregnancy, even if the woman was raped.

    Unite and Fight!

  •  My grandmother and my mother (16+ / 0-)

    at my table here in Maine last September:

    Two strong women with degrees in business. My mother, on the right also has a nursing degree and is a professor.

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 05:18:19 AM PST

  •  great diary... (10+ / 0-)
    The older I get - the more I realize...I have a harder and harder time "shutting up".
    tipped & rec'd cause I'm too old to put up or shut up.....
  •  I was in my early teens.... (9+ / 0-)

    when something triggered my realization that I was a feminist. I think it was the Archie Bunker mentality of my father towards my mother. In fact..I know it was. It just started opening my eyes to other injustices. I married a man who sees me as his equal. I wouldn't have been with anyone who didn't and he's outraged by Rush's comments.

  •  WIll I come along? (8+ / 0-)

    I'm already there, been there for a lonng time.  Glad you're here with me!

    As of 02/22/2012 in Washington State pharmacists can exercise their "religious freedom" by denying women access to Plan B because the judge thinks there aren't any bigots in this state.

    by FlamingoGrrl on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 07:19:22 AM PST

  •  Proud Feminazi since 1955! (12+ / 0-)

    You're right:

    I know it's cliche but History Really DOES repeat itself and NOW is that time...feminists and feminism is is back in the forefront.
    I've said before that history goes in cycles, and human rights as well.
    Just taking the last 150 years or so, we saw blacks freed, then win the right to vote (though only for the men); then came the women's suffrage movement which gained us the right to vote. The 50's/60's saw the rise of a new civil rights movement where black Americans gained even more, followed by an awakening for gay rights (Stonewall). Then came the Women's movement of the 60's/60's.
    More recently, race became an issue once again, but we elected a black American to the White House! And gays are seeing the breakdown of of barriers all over the country - did anyone think just a few years ago that we'd see gay marriage legal in so many states?
    And now it's time for women to begin another campaign. We are still not equal. We still haven't passed the ERA, and we still make less money than men, pretty much across the board. And we still have to deal with racist misogynists like Rush every day.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. - John Kenneth Galbraith

    by MA Liberal on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 07:58:59 AM PST

  •  I've been a feminist at least since (14+ / 0-)

    my parents explained that I was expected to go to college - I was probably about four at the time, and college wa the exception, rather than the rule, for women in those days.

    When I heard a friend who was in law school describe her first day to me, that sealed the deal forever.  She walked into a class an was confronted by a classmate:

    You do know that you're taking a man's seat, don't you?
    And when I was interviewed for a job and asked what my plans were as far as becoming pregnant, well, I was pretty much off the Richter scale.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:15:28 AM PST

    •  been there, done that (6+ / 0-)

      although not the the law school bit -- I looked at the idea and decided the world did not need yet another lawyer. But, yeah.

      I really thought that by now we as a nation had grown up enough to be done with all this nonsense, but apparently weak male egos and an economic downturn are a fertile combination for producing efforts at female repression.

      I believe that it is as much a right and duty for women to do something with their lives as for men and we are not going to be satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us. -- Louisa May Alcott

      by Mnemosyne on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:23:19 AM PST

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  •  It may be that (8+ / 0-)

    this time there are more men who understand what women are saying and are more vocal in their support, but the level of vituperation and viciousness far exceeds what I remember from back in the day.

    Then, it was of the pat-'em-on-the-head and chuckle variety in large part, not mouth foaming by bloated old men who sound like the worst parts of The Handmaid's Tale.

    I believe that it is as much a right and duty for women to do something with their lives as for men and we are not going to be satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us. -- Louisa May Alcott

    by Mnemosyne on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:17:23 AM PST

    •  Men like sex. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      jennyp, jennifervents, Amber6541

      Men hate condoms.

      Most men get that contraception is as much, if not more, of an economic issue as it is a moral one. A couple that can plan when (or if) to have children have far more economic power than one that leaves the matter up to the whims of Fate. A woman can plan when to have her children, and cease having children to return to school or the workforce. A man no longer has to be the sole breadwinner of the household, giving him time to rest, recharge and pursue outside interests.

      The optimist sees the glass as half-full. The pessimist sees the glass as half-empty. The realist just knows she's thirsty.

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 12:00:16 PM PST

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      •  that's true on a local (4+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        jennifervents, Amber6541, Ckntfld, tikkun

        or personal level, but I think there's also a -- call it institutional bias this time around that recognizes all of what you say and puts it in the context of the larger society.

        And the way you sell that to your followers, or customers, is by framing it as a personal, religious issue. Thus, insecure men are made even more insecure by the perceived idea that uppity wimmen will get the better of them or take something away from them or make more money than they. And so on and on.

        Doesn't make any sense to me, either, but the entire argument defies rational thought.

        I believe that it is as much a right and duty for women to do something with their lives as for men and we are not going to be satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us. -- Louisa May Alcott

        by Mnemosyne on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 12:31:04 PM PST

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  •  Feminism is Dead (7+ / 0-)

    I have been reading that one in the traditional media since a year after New York decriminialized abortion two years before the Roe v Wade decision was handed down.  The other chestnut is "I'm not a feminist but ..." that served as a protective coating from wanting the benefits of feminism without being labelled as a feminist.  When Betty Friedan's FEMININE MYSTIQUE hit the best seller list and stayed there in the mid 1960's, followed by other feminist books also hitting the best seller list and staying there, the powers-that-be did their best to make feminism toxic, much like they did with socialism.

    The oral contraceptive came on the market in 1960.  Every magazine, including women's magazines, carried scare stories about "The Pill."  Women decided that the advantages outweighed the risks.  Women being able to control their fertility changed the power dynamic inside and outside the home and the wingnuts know this.   With the 2010 elections, they figured that the citizenry was softened up enough to tolerate more overt and general restrictions on access to abortion and contraception.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:24:30 AM PST

  •  I'm a Second Wave feminist (6+ / 0-)

    The First Wave "suffrage"  feminist issues were about the right to vote and to own and keep property (and not be treated like property).  

    The Second Wave was about changing divorce laws, stopping violence against women, allowing women into schools and jobs previously closed to us, Title 9, reproductive rights, etc.

    A lot of today's women who "hate" feminism would probably find it hard to comprehend that abortion was ILLEGAL before 1973 (Row vs Wade).   Women were not allowed into many schools and jobs and were expected to be housewives (as a primary career).  There was no such thing as women astronauts, lawyers, scientists, and women doctors were almost unheard of.  Women were only allowed in the military as WACs (primarily admin and nurses). Women were not allowed to participate in any long distance sports (women were barred from running marathons before 1972).  There are a lot of other thing's today's women who "aren't feminists" take for granted.

      The Third Wave now?  They kind of confuse me.  I have trouble with the ideas of porn and prostitution being "positive" work for women.  To me it's exploitation and capitalism at it's worst.  They also seem to be about turning derogatory terms into a positive (words like slut, bitch, whore, and cunt are positive).  

    •  Thanks to media portrayals, (6+ / 0-)

      most women hear the word "feminism" and think of bra-burning radicals who hate men. My mother for years railed against "feminists" without taking into account that it was feminism that actually made it possible for her to get a job in 1967 (granted, it was considered "women's work" -- in those days there were separate categories for "Help Wanted: Women" and "Help Wanted: Men"), made it possible to establish her own credit rating after my father died in 1970 (BofA actually froze the accounts after Dad died; the first thing she did when they were unfrozen was to move all her accounts to a new bank), and for her to see her oldest daughter graduate from college and go on to have a successful career, and even for me to have a good job and move up the ranks without a college degree.

      The optimist sees the glass as half-full. The pessimist sees the glass as half-empty. The realist just knows she's thirsty.

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 12:06:58 PM PST

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