I am an anti-feminist (masculist, masculinist, whatever), but I am the opposite of abusive. This will sound strange coming from an old, white, heterosexual male with something of an attitude ... but I want to encourage you in your work. I am afraid I cannot meet your criterion of anger -- I believe a few quiet words may be all that is needed -- but maybe you could accept me posting on your blog, nevertheless? I imagine you anyway find it rather difficult to be angry, respectful and courteous, all at the same time -- as your rules insist.
Your blog seems all but moribund ... don’t you think it might be worth considering a radical new approach? Please e-mail me if you’d be happy for me to join in.
I am excited to find other feminists as passionate about this far from dead revolution. My inspiration to finally make my voice heard and become active, arouse from an especially disillusioning sexist encounter. My frustration is almost undescribable when I try to comprehend why, as a pascifist woman, am I and others under the constant scrutiny that we are merely reacting as any "woman" would. The ignorant stale beings we happen to share this planet with, feed and spread the idea that any woman who refuses to retaliate by resorting to physical conflict, is simply doing so because of a biological inferiority. Ironically, these same beings would have us believe that their refusal to physically engage back with a woman is out of their enormous courtesy towards our "delicate frames". How thoughtful. Such naturally false standards have circulated to the point where both men and woman believe and act upon these ideas. Sadly, as a result, this idea has evolved in our society to the point where I can not seem to come across a large majority of women who whould in fact be capable of defending themselves to their full potential. Though this is not even close to the most important issue we are facing as women, it is one of the very prevalent examples of our psychologically induced downfall. Most disheartening is the lack of support we are recieving, especially from the female population. Since, as women we are politically equal thanks to the 19th amendment, many women are blind to society's other deeply imbedded sexist misdeeds. Modern culture is breeding the ludicrious idea that in today's day and age a woman is liberated through an over sexualized, oriented image. Today's protrayal of sex is not power. It is simple and total degradation. It depicts our sisters in lude, and sometimes violent pornography. It desensitizes society, making spousal abuse and rape almost rational in the mosaginistic mind. It makes phrases like "bitch" and "hoe" acceptable synonyms for women. It paves the way to chauvinism that gradually turns us into nothing more than objects of lust and sex. Men are in no position where they need to parade around lightly clothed and sexually exposed, in order to gain the upper hand, that meaningless job promotion, or "respect". In short, our biggest dilemna is reversing gender roles and shedding the subconscious psychological image we have become labeled with. I beseech all of us to take just one step in becoming active and actually working toghether to end the gap between men and women; becoming simply people. Call it a hallmark quote, but lets face it; individual peace can only truly be obtained through our world's peace.
In responce to PETA's latest exploits, I am suggesting a surge in Ben and Jerry's sales....if you know what I mean...so get a tube of Phish food and head to the couch...it's a free woman dairy kind of weekend. Reward yourself, maybe it will counter PETA's bad vibes.
Feminisim is all but stagnant! Thanks to our fore sisters, our oprression has become illegal....Thus, making it more descrete. The biggest personal challenge I have found has been finding a receptive female audience, women seem to not care, and sadly women oppress women. We need an entire structure change! Even in the 60's most groups failed because of female on female oppression. It is time for us to evolve, make these men change to our new standards, make this system and social stigmas change to our standards! I have an entire paper I intend on uploading if ANYBODY OUT THERE IS INTERESTED! This is'nt NOW, NOW is out dated and greedy. It is time for an evolution revolution! I think anybody who reads this should assess their personal level of consciousness, express it however you can!
WAKE UP BITCHES....TIME TO EVOLVE
Keep the only clinic in Mississippi OPEN -- Join NOW activists during the week of July 15-22, 2006 in Jackson
June 23, 2006
This summer, Operation Save America, formerly known as Operation Rescue, is planning a siege of the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi. Their goal is to close the Jackson clinic, thereby ending reproductive freedom for women in the state of Mississippi, and getting closer to their ultimate goal of ending reproductive freedom for all women. They tell their zealots it will "be the first domino to be tipped signaling the end of abortion in all fifty states." They intend on "storming the gates of hell" (Jackson's lone clinic), calling abortion a deadlier foe than Hurricane Katrina.
Operation Save America has similarly besieged other abortion clinics in locations such as Boulder, Colo.; Columbus, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; and Dallas, Texas; harassing doctors who perform abortions and attempting to intimidate the patients.
We Invite NOW Activists to Join Us & to Help
Join Mississippi NOW and Jackson Area NOW activists for a week of activities to counter the hostile attacks from Operation Save America. Taking a page out of the Karl Rove playbook, Operation Rescue re-labeled themselves Operation Save America to make it sound like they are intent on doing good things to "save America". NOW activists have, in turn, more appropriately re-named the organization "Operation Oppress America".
Keep the only clinic in Mississippi OPEN Join NOW activists during the week of July 15-22, 2006 in Jackson
The battle for reproductive freedom is a human rights struggle for equality and social justice. Year after year anti-abortion zealots travel across the country terrorizing clinics, staff, and patients. This summer, activists are gathering Jackson for Reproductive Freedom Summer 2006: Providing a Peaceful Presence to support access to reproductive health care for the women and girls in Mississippi.
Take part in any of these planned activities, including:
How Can You Help?
Information about local housing is available
NOW and our Jackson Area activists are dedicated to upholding the fundamental right to choose whether or not to become a parent with reproductive health options that are safe, affordable and accessible.