Iowa steaks, burgers, pork and all manner of good things carnivorous on the menu tonight, not to mention fresh, organic veggies, cold beer and MOJITOS mixed up by FLBarbara and Dragonfly just for us! Simofish is justly proud of her work in the backyard and has invited all Pumas over to her and the Mrs.’ place tonight. I can personally attest to their gracious and exuberant hospitality, AND the stupendousness of the Mrs.’ cooking, so a good time is sure to be had by all!
Another thing Simo has to be proud and happy about is that as part of her job she is in charge of awarding college scholarships to LGBT high school students. She mentioned it in comments late last night, but I didn’t get a chance to give her a “Hell, yeah Sister” then so, “Hell Yeah, Sister Simofish!”
And, in addition to the scrumptious offerings on the table, here’s some of the other kind of food — food for thought — to chew on tonight as the buzz builds. I was commenting today on THIS intriguing thread over at Cinie’s place and I think we can and should talk more about the many issues Cinie brought up.
I continue to stand by and promote my definition that Feminism is the human experience as lived by women, and that therefore ALL women and girls are feminists — simply by virtue of being born as girls. So my views are borne from that premise. It leads me to very interesting (to me at least LOL!) questions and conundrums, such as:
Imagine if fully 40% of African Americans either didn’t support or were actively and vocally opposed to the Civil Rights Movement? (I’m not talking about the universal Civil Rights Movement, which dances pointed out many African Americans are NOT supportive of (i.e. their support of Prop Hate and their unwillingness to expand the definition of “civil rights” to include lesbians and gay men)).
I’m talking about the classic, old-school anti-racism, full equality and opportunities for black people Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X. and their descendents. What if fully 40% of African-Americans were opposed to THAT Civil Rights Movement?
What would that mean for the Movement? Would it be forced to rethink its premises? Would it be obviously and automatically de-legitimized?
Another thought that I chew on is related to Justice Bader Ginsburg’s view that “There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that had changed their abortion laws before Roe [to make abortion legal] are not going to change back. So we have a policy that affects only poor women, and it can never be otherwise, and I don’t know why this hasn’t been said more often.’”
How vulnerable is the movement for women’s full political freedom in this country to being divided along economic lines? Will women work to defeat an injustice that only affects poor women, especially if many of those poor women are self-described pro-lifers?
Hmmmm . . . .
LOTS to think about. I need another mojito.
And we ALL need some dancing music for the end of a LOONG week!