Thursday, January 19, 2017

What FEMINISM Means To Me.


     As we salut, and remember the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as we prepare to usher in a new administration, across the country many are preparing for the Women's March, this Saturday in Washington DC, as well as other cities across our nation. 

     It is my hope that all will remain peaceful, while insuring that their message is heard. 

     To me, feminism, is nothing more than the quest to see and be seen as equal to all, in all aspects of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 
    The reason I started The Sadie Project, was to get and share women's point of views.  Mainly because our history books have largely left out a good bit of OUR history.  

    Case in point: the movie, Hidden Figures. I grew up in West Virginia, and never heard of Katherine Johnson, who was instrumental in the space program.  Can't help but wonder if Katherine had been a white man, who made the same contributions, and was from WV, would I have heard about him in my 8th grade WV History class?  Keep in mind, the space program was huge in the 60's and 70's.  Much more prevalent in every American's mind, than it is today.  Just something to think about. 

     Even today, I challenge anyone, to open up a newspaper, or magazine; turn on the TV for an educational, news, or an entertainment show; (albeit a thin line between them these days); or even visit a website; and consider; how many women; how many men; are represented.  By being the host or author of said piece.  Much less what each post or segment is about.  Keep in mind that women to men ratio is pretty much equal in the United States.  

     That being said, imagine turning on the TV any day of the week; or opening a magazine, or checking out a website that was predominately by far, hosted by and featured fiction and non, written by and about, the opposite gender.  

     If you've been here before, you know that I'm a huge fan of Roslind Miles' Who Cooked The Last Supper.  I believe it should be required reading by men and women.  Still, from time to time, I've encountered the idea from men that they don't feel that the book would pertain to them.  REALLY?!  Have any women in your life?  Mother?  Sister?  Friend? Wife?  Daughter?  Better yet, think about the Bible, or any other religious text; history books; and predominantly any widely studied fiction, or non, comic or serious.  Then consider what it's like to not be the same gender, much less have anything else in common with the central characters. 

     It's fine, it's fine; everything is fine; it's the past.  But understand it is only fine, IF IT IS THE PAST. 

    We; women and men, understand, and know more today than ever before.   Our children will know even more.   What is the use of all that knowledge if it doesn't make things better for all people? 

... to be continued.