Huffpost’s article about Time magazine’s acknowledgement of the impact of the Women’s March
Huffpost’s article about Time magazine’s acknowledgement of the impact of the Women’s March
I always admire those who can verbalize my feelings and reasons much better than I. Tonight I read this article and wanted to share with you.
No violence, no arrests!
Today’s March for Democracy and Freedom
Preparation paid off, my nerves calmed down, the march was peaceful. The marchers respectful. Democracy is not to be watched but to be participated in, it is our duty, even if we have to overcome our own fears and we speak with a tremble in our voices, we must speak out loud! 1.8 K Marchers + today.
© 2017 Candace L Stauber Photography
Tomorrow is another day.
In Preparation for My First Protest March
© Photography by Candace L Stauber Jan 20, 2017
Tonight, I admit I sit here apprehensive about the future. This is not a good state of mind for a person with a predisposition to depression, a person with fibromyalgia that is easily affected by stress, it can put me into a flare of monumental proportions. Since I started this blog I promised my readers that have followed my journey into the darkness that I would keep them apprised of my journey.
This is the day before a bigot, a man who has exhibited behavior to women that I have personally experienced, a man that doesn’t seem to even be literate enough to write a complete sentence, let alone intelligent enough to run a country becomes our nation’s leader. This is a worrisome time not just for me, but for our country. I believe he is an embarrassment to our country because he is not what our country…
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One by one, violations stack up and yet, nothing it seems, to make a difference to those that have come into a position of power within our country. Ethics, morality, even a conscience to know what is right and wrong has gone out the window and is totally ignored with no regard for anyone other than those in their tight circle of comrades with their own agenda. This path, I believe is a dangerous one for those of us who are left with no champion.
The Logan Act (18 U.S.C.A. § 953 ) is a single federal statute making it a crime for a citizen to confer with foreign governments against the interests of the United States. Specifically, it prohibits citizens from negotiating with other nations on behalf of the United States without authorization.
Congress established the Logan Act in 1799, less than one year after passage of theAlien and Sedition Acts, which authorized the arrest and deportation of Aliensand prohibited written communication defamatory to the U.S. government.The 1799 act was named after Dr. George Logan. A prominent Republican and Quaker from Pennsylvania, Logan did not draft or introduce the legislation that bears his name, but was involved in the political climate that precipitated it.
The Logan Act has remained almost unchanged and unused since its passage. The act is short and reads as follows:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly orindirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or anyofficer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of anyofficer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat themeasures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government orthe agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of itsagents or subjects.
The language of the act appears to encompass almost every communication between a U.S. citizen and a foreign government considered an attempt to influence negotiations between their two countries.
Has the man ever heard of this term?
Without mentioning a name, without saying anything negative, but pro empathy, peace and love, Meryl said it all tonight.
As I look at this past year and plan for the next I realize that this year made a significant awareness of why I have stayed single so long. It’s now been over 37 years that I have been in this state of being a single woman. I have struggled for so long to try to figure out what has influenced me in remaining in this state and why I have not endeavored to really change it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the company of men or enjoy the laughter, flirtation or the sexual chemistry that occurs, but I have also learned and accepted myself as an independent and assertive woman who cannot tolerate misogyny or condescending behavior towards me. This year’s election and results only strengthened and confirmed my beliefs, however, it left me wondering about the mindset of other women who voted for an obvious misogynistic, disrespectful, bigoted man.
Granted, I have not always been so strong or vocal about my beliefs. I was a child of the 50’s. I was a child that was to be seen and not heard. I was the daughter of a man who was disappointed that I was not a boy. I grew up with a chauvinistic father who made sexist and degrading remarks about women when he wasn’t around my mother. I grew up with a man who made remarks about my body as it developed into womanhood. I was expected to stay silent about these remarks even though I found them embarrassing and degrading.
I too have been in situations where I have had unwanted and unsolicited advances and remarks where I have remained silent. Remained silent to keep the peace or try to keep safe. I have been overlooked in my profession, not because of expertise for advancement, but because I was a woman. I have had my ideas disregarded because I was a woman only to have the ideas stolen by a man and taken with praise and high regard.
Misogyny according to the dictionary means a hatred of women. Although a man may say they do not “hate” women, when they are disrespectful, ignore our intelligence, degrade our bodies with lewd gestures and remarks. they are not aware of the full impact of these deeds. It seems to me that men have a problem with the terms misogyny and sexism because there are two views on sexism. The hostile and benevolent sides of sexism.
I read a statement by one man who asked just because he said lewd and disrespectful things to a woman did that mean that you can’t be sexually attracted to a woman. Sexual attraction and disrespect are two totally different things! Yes, we can flirt with you – as lovers, when this is between consenting adults, our language will tell you when this is acceptable. When we say no, it means NO.
Hostile sexism is a man being threatened by a woman’s independence or attitude to instill in him to act in a disrespectful or lewd manner. A man will also mistake innocent remarks or friendly conversation as sexually teasing or flirtation when they are not and then be offended when he is rejected. This results then, in almost a “self-preservation” of ego on the man’s part to body-shaming the woman, to turn hostile to the woman, to be angry. Here is where women have learned to live a fine line. When and where do we smile, answer, flirt, who do we trust with our emotions, and if we are married, how do we appease our husbands to avoid arguments?
Then, there is the benevolent sexism we women have lived with all these years. This sexism has been just as harmful to our psyche and confidence. As wives, mothers, and daughters there is the thought that we need to be protected. Although we do appreciate being cherished and loved, we do not appreciate being PATRONIZED! We are not stupid, we have our own minds, we have our own thoughts about things. We do not have to agree with men on everything and should not be punished or ignored if we do not agree with you.
It seems this fine dance of hostility and benevolence that women have lived with has undermined many women’s ability to become independent and to become confident in their own opinions. Sometimes it has been just too easy for us to allow men to have their “locker room” talk, grab us when we don’t want it; it’s been too easy for us to stay in marriages that we don’t want because we don’t want to lose materials things; it’s too easy for us not speak our minds to avoid arguments or violence.
I have seen too many women remain in this state of denial or dependence and it’s my opinion that they have not been given the opportunity to speak their minds and have remained repressed so don’t know any better. I also have seen too many women not want to be independent. They want others to always provide for them. This I just can’t fathom, I believe one must always be self-sufficient and be able to be a benefit to society, not a taker. With these diverse conditions that women have endured, I think I now understand why these women voted for a man who admitted that he has no respect for women. They have been brow beaten too long, they have been oppressed too long, they have not learned to think on their own, they have been patronized and their opinions have been ignored. They have been “taught” by the men in their lives to go along with those opinions because it is easier than rocking the boat. They are insecure and lack self-confidence. They gain approval by doing as their man wants them to do and this is enough.
What we lose staying in this state of dependence and denial of misogyny is ourselves. We lose our independence. We lose our equality, we lose equality for our daughters, our sisters and we lose respect. We lose equal pay for equal work. We lose our voice. We become invisible and irrelevant.
So now the question is, what as a woman are you willing to do to change your state of mind? Are you willing to put up with the lewd remarks, the gestures, the patronizing, the pass-over of promotion at work because you are too quiet? Are you going to speak up? Are you going to go for it? Are you going to learn to do something that you have never done before?
As a man are you going to think twice about what you are saying to a woman, to any woman, to the woman you love? Respect her for her thoughts, you may not agree, but you do have to respect her opinion. We are here, we are not invisible, we have a heart and soul. We are intelligent.