So, I really wanted to write about baseball and Cooperstown, but things keep cropping up that I can't ignore. This morning on the Today Show they highlighted a new trend: Women Against Feminism. Seriously?? There's a Facebook page with over 17,000 Likes. WTF? I have written over and over again about women aren't standing up for themselves and then this? Taking a look at the page, these women aren't educated about feminism. They probably are born after 1990 and have no idea what has changed in the past 50 years. If it weren't for the feminism movement, the Facebook page couldn't even exist. Women's voices were by and large silenced for generations and then the 1960's started an entire revolution. Finding yourself. Being true. Equal rights for all.
I sit here in stunned disbelief belief because it's so hard to imagine what these women are thinking. Why be against feminism? What do you think it means? Is it something to be against? Isn't the battle that every woman can make their own choices without derision worth fighting? So why be against it? No wonder women's rights keep getting whittled away. If women are not in tune with what all the women before them fought for, what's the point? I am really dismayed by this. Women do not have equal rights yet. DO YOU KNOW THAT??? Women don't have equal pay. Women are sexually harassed and raped in the military and college campuses, every day. Women have to make tough choices between career and family. Women have to fight for the right to choose and it's getting harder and harder. Just one lowly abortion clinic is open in Mississippi and that's only because the courts got involved or there would be none!!
Who's raising these women with zero interest in history and the through line? This FB page is world wide. These women come from all walks of life and are ignorant. I don't get it. Maybe this is the root of the problem. Maybe the parents, both mothers and fathers, aren't telling stories from when they were young or when their parents were young. Maybe they are not hearing the stories about girls who got scholarships to Ivy league schools but couldn't go because their fathers didn't think a girl's education was as important as their sons. Maybe they aren't hearing the stories that women 60 years ago had no choices but to get married and have a family. Maybe they watched Mad Men and thought that those were exaggerated story lines and the women weren't really treated like that. Well, ladies, that's just what it was like and maybe worse depending on the industry. Did anyone hear of Title IX? Did you know that girls had very little access to sports in schools because all the money went to the boys?? Did you know that??
What the f*&k do you think feminism is? It is not a bad word. How the hell did you interpret it to be one? It is imperative that women have equal opportunities just like all minorities. I am so disheartened by the lack of hunger that so many young women have. It isn't pitting men against women! If that's what you think, you are wrong. It is standing up, being counted, and being treated equal to your male counterpart. It is choosing to be a stay at home Mom. It is choosing to be a career woman. It is choice. The fact that you have the choice to voice your ignoramus anti-feminist views is thanks to the women before you who fought to be heard. So, young ladies, read a book. Read the history of the 20th Century. Learn what the hell you are standing against. Ladies, we need all the voices to stand up and be heard. It is appalling to be against yourself. Feel free to choose and shut up.
Sidebars: Women are just like all the other minorities. Voting against one's own interests. Wake up, people. Okay, on a lighter note, which has been very hard to find recently. James Shigeta has died. For those of you who only know Die Hard movies, he was a big and early Asian star from The Flower Drum Song. America's Got Talent has begun their live shows from Radio City Music Hall. It's quite something to see these largely inexperienced contestants conquer one of the biggest stages in the world. If you aren't tuning in, I really recommend it. It's great family fare. As far as the other summer television, there's almost too much. Very hard to try to watch all the new shows. Far different than in years past. It used to just be summer reruns and in the past decade more and more new shows are having summer only seasons. No matter how well reviewed the series are, there is only so much time. In NYC we have been fortunate to have some of the most beautiful summer days, can't be inside all the time. Crushed about the water main break yesterday at UCLA. Horrific waste of 10 million gallons that California can't afford to be wasting and lots of damage to parking garages and athletic locations on the campus. Ugh! Get out, enjoy your day!
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