Women’s Issues, Civil Rights

Most of the content and links on this page are from a feminist blog, All In Her Head, but she does branch out into wider topics because injustices, especially today, are coming from persons and organizations with power against any target groups that seek to be heard and treated fairly.

It has taken me some time to understand what is meant by “cancel culture” and “wokeness.” This blog post explains some: https://jessica.substack.com/p/the-people-cancel-culture-forgot

“When the powerful lose out on privileges, it’s cancel culture—but when anyone is deprived of their rights, it’s just politics.who gets called ‘canceled’ has become shorthand for whose lives and happiness matters.”

“That’s what makes cancel culture so dangerous—it’s about the narrowing of who we believe is deserving of empathy and who is worth fighting for. Most of all, though, it’s a conservative tool meant to make accountability seem like an injustice and injustice seem unremarkable.”

The ‘Objective’ Truth: In a racist & sexist world, only white men are seen as impartial.

“Conservatives cheer on the harassment of everyday Americans but are horrified by a wealthy ‘public figure’ being bothered on his day off—almost as if they only care about powerful people being allowed to do and say whatever they want free from consequence.”

“How do I know that parents can ‘have it all’? That it’s actually completely feasible to work and take care of children without giving up your career goals or life ambitions? Because men do it all the time.”

From another blog of this same author: “While men may not necessarily say ‘a woman’s place is in the home,” they will say ‘she’s better at it,” or “she cares more about cleanliness.

Men’s entitlement and privilege shows up in the way they treat women and girls:

What’s In A Hug (Cuomo): “So please, do women the favor of not treating us like we haven’t spent the better part of our lives honing our perceptiveness and strengthening our intuition. We know exactly what you mean.”

“… while it’s seductive to believe that we have some measure of control over whether or not we’re attacked, the truth is that it’s only men who can stop rape.”

“So long as men enable misogyny—be it actively or passively—progress for women is doomed.”

Republicans’ Daddy Issues: Conservatives hate ‘fatherlessness’, but not enough to take care of their own kids. “… if you’ve never given your kid a bath, picked them up for school, or taken them to the dentist—it sure sounds like you’re as absent as the next guy.”

I am still careful about who I invite to my office and when. Women wear certain footwear at times in case we have to run. We watch our drinks carefully in public places. We avoid public places and crowded transit that may be risky.

“A Florida school is under fire this week for altering at least 80 female students’ yearbook photos to appear more ‘modest’. … if you’re worried that someone will get the wrong idea by their outfit—change the world, not their shirt.”

“… his inability to focus on anything else at the beach besides those girls’ bodies is actually his issue, not theirs.”

As if protecting men’s feelings is more important than speaking the truth about our lives.

My paragraph above centers on safety. Reading this piece, Against Forgiveness, reminded me of some of the injustices I have experienced, and the anger and pain I have held onto.

I found this blog from the lone post about abortion on an epidemiologist’s blog, leading me here: “Anti-choicers like to pose hypotheticals about the remarkable baby a woman could have if she just didn’t get an abortion: … None ask if that woman herself might change the world. They never consider that we could be the remarkable ones, if only given the chance.”

The Dec. 7, 2021 post is about the Supreme Court review of the abortion case(s). “Right now, the conservative agenda is almost entirely about re-establishing that hierarchy of who gets to be a person. … this has never been just about rolling back rights. It’s about codifying who counts and who doesn’t.

I listened to 1.5 of the two hours of the Supreme Court testimony on the Mississippi case. I thought the lawyers against Mississippi (to uphold Roe) did a fantastic job. There weren’t ANY holes in their arguments that a woman’s liberty is what is at stake, and the pursuit of liberty is enshrined in the Constitution. They continued to defend that viability should remain as the appropriate time through which Roe has been solidified. Although Mississippi’s 15 weeks may seem like a generous amount of time for a woman to make a choice to give birth or abort, it is arbitrary and opens the door for any other arbitrary lengths of time to be implemented in other states. Why 15 weeks and not 14 or 16? I was disheartened to hear the tone of the media afterward, as if it was a lost cause. Maybe that’s because it is and I am being naive that the arguments will hold any weight.

White privilege: “Whiteness & the Bare Minimum, Instead of asking why white people shouldn’t say the n-word, ask why they want to use it at all”

The last two articles are related to the first topic on this page, cancel culture, but I like the writing of the author above better and wanted you to read those first in case you didn’t make it to the end of this post.

Critique of Anne Applebaum’s article in the Atlantic: “…the vast majority of conversations about cancel culture, are … about maintaining power and privilege.

And another Atlantic article: How Capitalism Drives Cancel Culture: Beware splashy corporate gestures when they leave existing power structures intact. “the iron law of woke institutions: For those looking to preserve their power, it makes sense to do the minimum amount of social radicalism necessary to survive … and no economic radicalism at all. The latter is where activists need to apply their pressure.”

Edited 12/20/21