As women in the western world, we tend to forget how hard we fought, and are still fighting to maintain our "personhood" status. Just taking a look around at some other not-to-be-named countries where women have little or no rights at all. They can't drive, be in public without a male escort, have to cover themselves from head to toe, are sold by their fathers or brothers into slavery, can legally be beaten, mutilated or murdered, are thrown into prison if they are raped, and so much more.
Yes, we often take our freedoms and rights for granted, but it wasn't always so, I received an email recently that reminded me that my right to vote, hold public office, have a life of my own, and more comes from great sacrifices made by brave women of the past.
It wasn't until 1920 that women were granted the right to vote. To get that right, women suffered humiliation, prison, and physical abuse for decades. I sometimes forget that when my grandmother married, she was the property of her husband and voting was a man's game.
Warning: The following is my opinion based on what I am seeing and hearing. Don't get riled up. If you don't agree, I fully support your right to think I'm full of s&*(. The only thing I ask is, please don't quote the Bible at me. It does no good because I fully support my right to think that the bible is a bunch of baloney, even if you don't. Quoting it to me is as effective as me quoting the Wizard of Oz to you.
Don't let the Religious Right take us back to the 1950's. They are trying but if we use our power as women, it can't happen.
Women, beware! The conservative Republicans want you to have no choices AT ALL! They want to abolish abortion AND birth control. Will their intrusion into our lives stop there? I doubt it. When we are thrown back in time without rights or choice over our own bodies, where does that leave us women—in the dark ages, covered in a burka, pregnant, barefoot, and in the kitchen, forced to marry our abusers?
One day God was being interviewed by reporters about who could be President of the United States. After getting affirmative answers about individuals from many religions, genders and races, one reporter asked if an atheist could ever be President. God thought about that for a moment, and then replied, Of course an atheist could be President. But I doubt it will happen in my lifetime.
For the past few years, atheists such as P.Z. Meyers, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have been increasingly vocal in their challenges of religious belief and practice. Considering the influence of faith-based fundamentalism in the political arena, and its concomitant assault on the sciences, it is a welcome counter to the crazies who want to make the United States a theocracy, to hasten their apocalyptic vision of the world’s end through instigating a nuclear war in the Middle East, and the return of their messiah.
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE WATCHING THIS VIDEO. YOU MIGHT BE ENRAGED, ANGRY, AND OFFENDED, OR YOU MIGHT BE DELIGHTED.
This Video is highlights of Christopher Hitchen's life work as a rational thinker and fighter against organized religion from JediJesseS's You Tube channel. You might be offended by the content. You might love the content. Either way, it is powerful stuff.
I am not an atheist, however, I am definitely not for religion. In my opinion, right or wrong, religion is ludicrous and dangerous. Spirituality and spiritual belief, I think, should be personal, not codified with rules and regulations meant to enslave the mind and body and definitely not to be foisted on others as TRUTH. In fairness, many atheists I have known are just as nasty and narrow minded as religious mongers, but I think Christopher Hitchens, like others I admire, including Mark Twain, George Carlin, and to a certain extent, Bill Mahr, was truly on a crusade to crack open the doors of ignorance and fear. I could go on, but not here. Maybe on my blog at Confessions of a Confetti Head.
I found this video to be fascinating, and in many ways enlightening. Keep an open mind or not, that is your right. I put it here because it invokes thinking at the very least.
Love it or hate it,
Anita Burns, Editor
Those are just a few of the "banners" we lived by in the late 60's and 70's. As many of you who follow my blog, Confessions of a Confetti Head, know, I have had a varied life experience. I guess choosing not to be a mother and not being tied down to much in the way of conventional thinking allowed me to gladly move from one life venue to another.
How can we make the world a better place to live? In a perfect world there is no suffering. What can we do to right the wrongs we see? I believe that it is up to us to continually strive to make the changes necessary to relieve as much suffering as possible. So, if it were a perfect world, animals that are destined for the dinner table would not suffer in the process of providing us with food.
Most people have heard the gruesome stories of how animals are treated on factory farms. Cows are castrated, de-horned, branded, and mutilated without pain killers. They live in filthy, overcrowded pens, are fed an artificial diet with hormones and antibiotics, are not allowed exercise and are separated from their calves at birth. Chicken, pigs and other animals are subject to the same inhumane treatment that causes them to suffer throughout their lives.
The Catholic Church Demeans Women
The church utters of the glass ceiling for women having been broken at the Vatican, but we know they speak of positions of neither real power nor any authority on church doctrine or decision making. It is more like an unattainable and gross visible ceiling for women in a “man” only church. It is actually akin more to a cement ceiling. This ceiling has smashed many a female skull who has attempted to break through. Women with advanced theology degrees from Catholic Universities remain like the rest of women- nothing but second class believers, vessels for connubial sperm and Raggedy Anns of ecclesiastical prayer. They are like venomous snakes ready to strike down a female at any time. It is a bitter imbroglio.
If I should name the perfect gift, which would help me through daily life with chronic pain, it would definitely be the perfect maid. Not the kind of maid which comes by every fortnight and washes the floor (and nothing more), and probably does a lousy job as well. But the kind which declutters, vacuums, washes floors, does laundry, does the dishes the dishwasher can't do, washes windows, dusts etc. And loves what she does for a living. It would make my life so much easier, both mentally and physically.
I have always hated housework. It's a task way down on my list of priorities. But it has to be done, no one else will do it, and it saps my strength in every way. There have been days I've had to call in sick because I did too much the day before.
Mary...Lady of light, Lady of mercy, Lady of protection and nurturing...
“Hail Mary Full of Grace, blessed is the fruit of thy womb - Jesus the Christ. Lady of the sea, lady of the sky, Lady of the moon—Mother Mary, the Blessed Virgin.....”
For around 2000 years, Mary has been worshipped and esteemed as the eternal Mother—pure, spotless, perfect, untouched by man. Meditation on her elicits in many people, profound feelings of peace, gentleness, loving forgiveness, protection, nurturing. Visionaries report that when she manifests her presence, the fragrance of roses fills the air.
It's gonna upset some people reading this, but I AM done with the double-minded, denial doin's of humanity. Including my own! I refuse to sit back and silently watch myself and others make choices that support the self-destructive systems we use to perpetuate our Culture of Comfort and Convenience! That culture is one of seductive illusion and slavery to a system of technological oligarchy. If you don’t know what that means look it up, this is what our better K-12 teachers would have told us to do.