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Month: January, 2013

ERA petition

You probably already know the drill, but we have a chance to get our petition for the ERA noticed by the government. 

There are currently 35 states that have ratified the ERA and legal analysis suggests we may need just three more states for women to have equal rights under our Constitution. We ask you to support our efforts nationwide, particularly in the states that have not yet ratified the ERA: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, N. Carolina, Oklahoma, S. Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. We also ask you to place your full support behind Congressional legislation to eliminate deadlines on the original 1972 ERA. It is time our Constitution protects the rights of women, and women need and deserve active participation in ERA advocacy from the White House.

Sign the petition here.

Join and invite people here.

Answer to Yourself

I try to keep my anger in check most days.  I’m not perfect, but I try not to let the weight of the world pull me down and make me bitter, because no work can get done with bitterness.  However, today has not been a good day for feminism, and I was spiraling out of control with rage (particularly after a nasty comment left on one of my other blogs), until I saw this picture.

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This picture was on Everyday Feminism, a facebook page I highly recommend.

I suppose I should form my anger carefully.  Just saying “fuck you” to every article I’ve read today hasn’t fixed anything.

So, to those trouncing on the good name of equality for all, I have a message for you.

There is no way for you to win this fight.  Your attempts thus far to bring us down have been futile.  We have only grown stronger breaking the chains that you put us in. 

It is not your imagination.  We are taking over.

I don’t hate you.  I hate your actions.  I hate your desperate attempts to hold on to what you think was the past and what you think are your morals.  I will be here for you when you change your ways.  I will accept you into the fold of equality, because I believe that people have the right to a better life, a happier life, a more fulfilled life. 

You don’t deserve those things right now, because you’re wallowing in your own vile misrepresentations of ethics. 

Your fear is normal, but your actions are reprehensible.  Fear does not have to lead to evil, but clearly the low road is the only option your laziness will allow you. 

You’re lazy because you’re stagnant.  You refuse to take steps towards changing, refuse to learn new ways of living.  Reformation is difficult, and you refuse to use the tools at your disposal to help start that reformation.

I’m tired.  Some days I don’t want to get up and face the world, and some days I don’t.  But I still find a way to help when I can.  I still use the tools at my disposal to educate people about current events.  And I always try to support freedom and equality for all.

My life, my body, my choice.  Their lives, their bodies, their choices.

And yes, this is your life, your body, and your choices.  But are you really following your choices?  Or are you being chained by your own culture, family, friends, workplace. religion?  Is it really your choice to hurt others?  Do you really look in the mirror each day and say to yourself, “Today I want to crush the freedom of others simply because I believe differently than them.  Today I want to walk away from the moral compass and hurt others for not being the same as me.”?

This last bit is for everyone.

Look at yourself in the mirror and explain to yourself why you are doing what you are doing.  Ask yourself these questions.

Is it my choice, or is it a decision based on pressure from another source?

Is my choice going to hurt others, and if it is, am I ready to commit to causing harm to others for my own self-gratification?

Is my choice going to help others, and if it is, am I ready to commit to being there for others and accept their choices regardless of how I feel about them?

Am I willing to defend my choice?

Do I have good reasoning for my choice?

Am I ashamed of my choice at all?

Am I unabashedly joyful about my choice?

Does my choice obstruct another person’s freedom?

Answer to yourself every fucking day. 

 

Today is a Deep, Cleansing Breath

Happy new year.  I know yesterday isn’t any different from today, but it’s nice to have a moment where humanity takes stock of itself and promises (despite knowing failure is eminent) to be better.  A starting point that everyone agrees on, a rush of excitement knowing that this year could be different.  And it is different.

Think about where you were a year ago today.  Think about all the moments you’ve had, all the lessons you learned, the friends you’ve made or lost, the relationships that started or crumbled.  And think about where you’ll be a year from now, goals you have set, events you’re looking forward to.  Just as there is potential in every day that we should grasp, there is potential for you to now know yourself and where you’re going.

Today is a deep, cleansing breath.  Take it.

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