The Last of the Oaxacans

Feminism will cause women to “leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.”

Pat Robertson arguing against an equal rights amendment to the United States Constitution (1992)

Not into resolutions for the New Year?  I really don’t have anything to write, so I’m reposting something Dina Rickman wrote and the Huffington Post published. I’ve revised it somewhat … many of the comments are from men, but there’s one from a Fox TV contributor (where it’s acceptable for women to hide under men’s coattails), and a few come from government agencies  Most of the comments came from England where the article was first published.  I recently read that women in England face more boorish behavior than do American women.

Then I found some words from women … and I started thinking about 2014.  So the table below morphed.  I concluded that Mo’ne and Shonda and Amy and Hillary and Elizabeth Warren and Malala – maybe Malala by herself – have more courage than you’ll find combined in all the legislatures and all the congresses and all the senates around the world.

Person What he (for the most part) said Worth remembering My favorites from 2014 Then there was the media …
Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO) Women should not ask for a pay rise, “because that’s good karma” “Pressure is a privilege … it’s what you do with it that matters.” — Billie Jean King Laverne Cox made us visible and removed barriers when she appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine Nancy Pelosi (to reporters):  “What was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell when they lost the Senate three times in a row … ‘Aren’t you getting a little old, Mitch? Shouldn’t you step aside?’”
Bülent Arınç (Turkish Deputy Prime Minister) Women shouldn’t laugh in public, When you stumble, keep faith. And when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” — Hillary Clinton Turkish women responded by posting pictures of themselves with wide grins, looking both decent AND gorgeous, under the hashtag #direnkahkaha Who cares that Hillary wears pantsuits? “It’s an appropriate, professional way to dress for many people, regardless of gender. Stop reporting on this crap like it’s news.” (Leavy & Richardson)
Kimberly Guilfoyle (Fox TV opinionater) She advised young women not to concern themselves with voting, and to spend their time on Tinder (a GPS-based match-making app for mobile devices). “I think life is always dangerous. Some people get afraid of it. Some people don’t go forward. But some people, if they want to achieve their goal, they have to go. They have to move …” — Malala Yousafzai Emma Sulkowicz’s “Carry That Weight” drew international attention to the issue of campus rape Five on Fox News featured a story about Major Mariam Al Mansouri, the first woman to serve as a fighter pilot for the United Arab Emirates. Major Al Mansouri led strikes against the terrorist organization ISIS, but Fox opinionaters Gutfeld and Bolling made comments such as “Would that be considered boobs on the ground, or no?”
K J Yesudas (Indian singer) He said women should not wear jeans because they provoke “undesirable” behavior. “I’ve been on the floor and I’ve been heartbroken. I didn’t know how I was going to stand up. But I just gave it time.” — Sandra Bullock Voters struck down personhood amendments in Colorado and North Dakota the  percentage of characters in family films wearing sexy attire by gender is 28.7 percent female and eight percent male. (Johns Hopkins University)
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha He suggested that “beautiful” female visitors to his country should not expect to be safe in bikinis in the wake of the murder of two British tourists “Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” — Shonda Rhimes Mo’ne Davis was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sports Kid of the Year” – she pitched a complete game shutout in the Little League Word Series Rhimes was referred to as the “angry Black woman” by a critic writing for The New York Times
Sean Clare and others Unofficial posters (in Yiddish and English) instructed women on which side of the road they should walk. The signs had been put up to celebrate a Torah procession. “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” — Dolly Parton Emma Watson talked feminism for everyone as UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador when she stood in front of the United Nations to launch the HeForShe campaign George Will.  “when [colleges and universities] make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.”He followed that with his insights into the ebola virus, claiming “there are doctors saying we’re not so sure that it can’t in some instances be transmitted airborne.”
Claridge’s Hotel (London, England) The hotel staff asked a breast-feeding mother to cover herself and her 12-week-old baby’s head with a large napkin to avoid “causing offense.” “Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” — J.K. Rowling Women obviously have not managed to win every battle over feeding their babies in public, but when you have a male, teen Starbucks barista on your side, you know it’s becoming less of an issue. In Australia, Michaelia Cash, assistant to the Minister for Women (Tony Abbott) said:  “In terms of feminism, I’ve never been someone who really associates with that movement. That movement was a set of ideologies from many, many decades ago.”  Incredible.    From a woman.
Great Britain Introduced a range of new restrictions on activity in pornographic films made in Britain, including banning spanking, caning, whipping, squirting, fisting and face-sitting “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself.” – Amy Schumer Rinelle Harper (a 16-year-old student who was brutally attacked and left for dead near the Assiniboine River in Manitoba) made a speech to the Assembly of First Nations. Her ordeal has called renewed attention the hundreds of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada, and her bravery in being publicly identified helped arrest the men who allegedly attacked her. Rolling Stone and its shoddy coverage of rape at the University of Virginia.
Hounslow (UK) Police officials Local police advised women to “avoid walking alone at night” following a series of attacks “Hope is a very unruly emotion.” — Gloria Steinem “Yes Means Yes” consent laws were passed In California  In an interview with Joan Tarshis, who had accused Bill Cosby of rape, CNN’s Don Lemon advised “you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.” Again, victims are to blame for the violence they endure.
Demetri Marchessini (right wing UK Independent Party donor) Stated there is no such thing as marital rape – “once a woman accepts, she accepts” “You fail, and then what? Life goes on. It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things.” — Lupita Nyong’o Lupita Nyong’o reminded us that ALL shades of black are beautiful The world of Hollywood, where “1.9 percent of directors are female and 25 percent of all speaking roles in animated films are filled by women. …of 25,000 speaking characters in 600 top-grossing films (2007-2013) only about 20-27 percent were womenwhat?”
English TV Masterchef host Greg Wallace He suggested two women could not present the cooking program. “You could not have two female judges on MasterChef, it’s a blokey thing,”  Actually, it’s a bloody, blimey, blokey thing. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” — Maya Angelou Beyoncé performing in front of the word FEMINIST at the Video Music Awards. The leaking of Jennifer Lawrence’s sex photos was reported as a sex scandal, not the sex crime and invasion of privacy that it was.

Need a Bestie? for those resolutions?

The text below is from the TEDxEuston talk (London) given by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that Beyoncé sampled on her song FlawlessJessica Bennett’s wrote of Beyoncé’s performance in Time (26 August 2014).

We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes


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