Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Celebrate Women

"Well-behaved women seldom make history."
~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

It's International Woman's Day, an event that has been around since the early 1900's. Here in the United States women were encouraged to not show up for their jobs or, if that was not an option, at least wear red in support of education and equality.

I've had some women ask what their own gender is so upset about.  It's a comment that is a true testament to the bubble many in our society have created for themselves.

Internationally we still have our world full of countries where women are treated no better than livestock  Violence and torture in some places affects the majority of the population of women. If you look up the worst places for women in the world the stories, descriptions and pure hell our sisters endure makes our woes truly seem trivial.

Then Google the best places in the world for women and the United States does not even make the top ten. The fact that women's health care and equal pay for equal work is still something we need to argue about is incredible and quite frankly ridiculous.

But even if you don't give a crap about what might be happening to those other people in other countries or you feel that every right is yours here in America, let's just discuss how much harder it is in general because we are women.

Ask a male friend the last time they felt nervous walking alone. Ask a man the last time they were catcalled, groped, or even sexually assaulted. Ask a man how often he has to go to the doctors for a list of medical issues that start when you're about 14. Ask when the last time was they had to pee on a stick and feared for a plus sign.

Ask the same number of women the same questions.

Do the math.

Celebrate, support and protect each other ladies. Be active here and around the world whenever the opportunity rises. Educate, communicate, and pop some bubbles.

"There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. there is a third power stronger than both, that of women."
~Malala Yousafzai

"A guy asked me today why we need a Women's Day. I told him it's because men took all of the others."
~Lily (my daughter)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Gone With The Wind

"Air, I should explain, becomes wind when it is agitated."
~Titus Lucretius Carus, On The Nature of Things

Love, understanding, acceptance. These are all words expressed fantastically among some in our current nation and disregarded as weakness by others.

Christians will say "love thy neighbor," and most Christians believe that ideal beyond color, race, religion or border walls. But in the midst of an administration where name-calling, exclusion, paranoia and conspiracy theories are daily news it empowers some people to dole out hatred whenever it seems fitting. They now have the presidential right to bully.

Think of it this way, if your neighbor's house is on fire, depending on the wind, your house could be next. If you are casting hate towards a group of people, a community, a society, a religion, an ethnicity, or an individual, when will the winds change?

If you've never felt the sting of gender inequality, racial inequality, or religious profiling count yourself very blessed. If you've never had a government persecute you or your family, if you've never feared for your life or personal safety, if you've never feared that something your government is doing will unnecessarily target your children,  you are one of the lucky ones. But what if the winds change?

Love thy neighbor. Try to understand their fears and concerns rather than point fingers and label and call names. Hug your children or grandchildren and hope they never face adversity due to a life choice you or others don't agree with and adamantly try to make their lives harder for it.

No country should be first. We are a global community that only survives by working together. When one of our neighbors is on fire we step up, because the winds could change.

No one racial or religious group should be first. If your friend, relative, or even acquaintance is being targeted when will your turn come around?

Can you feel the breeze yet?

"Wind does not discriminate-it touches everyone, everything. He liked that about wind."
~Lish McBride, Necromancing the Stone