Posts Tagged ‘International Women’s Day’

Someday I’ll stand up in a not so smoky bar and sing torch songs. I’ve always loved the idea; an older, down on her luck crooner in a long gown with an amber-filled glass on the piano, singing her alto soul out. Under the spotlight, her grey hair like a halo. It’s the Blues for everywoman. Anything Ella or Billie is everything!

Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All The Time)

Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps rainin’ all the time

Life is bare, gloom and mis’ry everywhere
Stormy weather
Just can’t get my poor self together
I’m weary all the time, the time
So weary all the time

Last night Great Grandma Ada was expecting over a foot of snow, and we told her it’s just cold here in Nashville. Cold and sunny, but robins are hopping all over the city. I swear I hear more birds around this townhouse than I ever heard on our mountain, except for those jack-hammering woodpeckers. So I was surprised when I opened the door this morning to take Ms Bean out, we actually had a dusting of snow! I had to squint in the dawn light, was it just a frost, are my eyes deceiving me?

This past year has left us all pretty much teetering on the edge of delusion and despair. We never know what Tweet will manage to screw up the economy or create new enemies in the world. Let’s raise tariffs on the EU, so TN whiskey will cost more to export. But wait, maybe we’ll exclude some countries from a tariff on metals? Foreign policy has been reduced to a frat-boy play/as/you/go/poker/game, let the chips fall. It’s no wonder we’re weary.

When along comes a porn star to brighten things up, Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, saves the day! Granted she had agreed not to talk after receiving $130,000 but she now says Mr President never signed the contract. So she’s free as a bird to tell us what kind of sex Mr T was into right after his son was born – missionary mostly – and that he wanted to see her again, and again.

It’s rather amusing that the GOP is more concerned with Mr T’s tariff musings than his adulterous affair with a porn star. We must work hard amid this storm to suspend our disbelief. After all, Nashville’s Mayor was caught in an affair of the heart, and five weeks later she resigned. One wonders where Mr T found that money to pay off Stormy, and other women, and just how indebted is he to Russia?

Happy International Women’s Day everyone! Thundersnow has hit the East Coast and the president and the porn star threaten to capture our news cycle for the time being; no talk about guns, or tariffs today thank you. If you’re feeling like you “…can’t go on,” the BBC has compiled 100 stories of women you’ve probably never heard of, and I think it’s worth a listen. http://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c779dqxlxv2t/100-women

Before that old rockin’ chair gets y’all.    IMG_2340



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Happy International Women’s Day 2014!  http://www.internationalwomensday.com If I were sitting at a cafe on my favorite island in the French West Indies, I would have been handed a rose already. Instead I’m watching the snow melt this morning from my aviary and reflecting on that Virginia Slims ad; we have come a long way baby and we’ve got a long way to go.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem

We Americans can feel smug when we read about countries where women cannot drive a car, or a woman cannot feel safe on a public bus from being gang raped. But if we truly pay attention, our sisters are under assault in a myriad of ways. A recent, hideous example is a misogynistic and homophobic judge in Arkansas – “Sluts are just whores in training.” Did I mention this is a family court judge? http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/07/3376181/sluts-are-just-whores-in-training-and-other-wisdom-offered-by-a-sitting-arkansas-judge/#

And then there’s the Army’s top sexual assault prosecutor being charged with…sexual assault. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/06/us-army-prosecutor-suspended-assault-claims

One of my favorite comedians, Sarah Silverman, schooled me on my retro-feminist views. In a YouTube sketch, she asks us to stop telling our girls they can be anything they want to be. I was guilty of this. I wanted the Bride to know she could be President if she wanted – thank God she didn’t. But why, why stop saying this to our daughters? Silverman said:

“Because it would never occur to them that they couldn’t.”

Over the years, I’ve written about and marched for reproductive freedom, because without that essential human right, women worldwide have shortened expectations and shortened lives. Pro Choice women are Pro Life women, we just continue to care about the lives of mothers and children.

Like the first woman rabbi, Sally Priesand, once said, I too look forward to the day we can stop making a news headline out of the “First Woman” anything.



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We women were thinking globally long before computers and airplanes flattened the world. But excuse American women for not knowing much about International Women’s Day. The holiday actually started as part of the Socialist labor movement in Russia in the early 1900’s (probably why it was played down over here) and quickly spread to encompass voting and other civil rights. I love this picture – kind of ironic, the sign about the power of reproduction, isn’t it?
“Our employers have wealth, we have the power of reproduction”

The strange thing is, I’d never even heard about an international holiday for women until I was abroad, and going out to dinner. I was hand delivered a rose with a bow by the maitre’d. It seems that most men on the planet earth give the women in their lives flowers on this day. It’s like Mother’s Day in the states, only for daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunties, cousins and unsuspecting female American tourists.

As a proud, bra-burning 70s American feminist, I was slightly dismayed. Really, what started out as a fight for civil rights has ended up as a hallmark holiday – with all of the floral swagger and none of the good sales. I’m heading out to my card shop now, I’d like to see if they have any IWD cards next to the St Patrick’s Day greenery.

Yesterday our Governor signed into law a bill that will require a hateful, misogynistic, humiliating procedure be carried out by a doctor, nurse or tech at an extremely fragile time in a woman’s life. Maybe this woman is just too young, maybe she was raped, maybe she learned that the zygote she is carrying has no chance of survival due to some genetic anomaly. Well, the transvaginal part of the ultrasound before an abortion has been removed. But the transducer must still, by order of our government, be scanned across her belly and she must be asked if she’d like to watch and listen to the heartbeat. Then think about it for a few days and come back for the procedure, all on her nickel.

When will you get it through your heads. We are smart, we women, and we know what we are choosing and wouldn’t it be lovely if we didn’t have to do this, but ultimately it’s a decision for the woman to make with her doctor. Let me repeat, woman plus doctor equals reproductive rights. I honestly thought religion had no place in our public policy decisions, but ladies , march on. Let’s send our governor some dead roses, shall we?

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