Vote As If Your Life Depends On It

Vote As If Your Life Depends On It.

If you are in the U.S., and you are a woman, whether you identify as a feminist or not, you need to vote as if your life depends upon it, because IT DOES.

The majority of my Facebook “friends” are feminists, no surprise there.  Quite a few of them are very political because as Z Budapest has said, “the political is personal”.  The women that I correspond with know that this upcoming election will set the tone for the future of women in this country.  They tend to be left-leaning, Democrats or Independents.

It is not a secret that the GOP will go after Planned Parenthood; not only will they once again outlaw abortion, women’s healthcare will suffer.  This means that women will suffer.  There will be no minimum wage hike.  There will be no closing of the gender pay gap.  Social Security may disappear.  Forget the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare (a name I do not like).  Science and climate change will be ignored.  All of those gains made by the LBGTQ community will disappear as if they never were. Racial equality?  If the party of old, white, male patriarchy comes into power, civil rights will disappear more than they have been already with the deaths of so many young black males by white cops.  Make no mistake, this country will be forced back into the past. Women’s rights, black rights, human rights, animal rights, all rights will one by one, turned back.

Which brings me to the point of this blog – the Democratic Party.  For the sake of brevity, I am just going to dismiss Martin O’Malley and focus on Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.  As a feminist myself, I have heard from several sources that I need to “vote with my vagina”, that a woman needs to be elected President.  I like Hillary on some platforms and not so much on others.  Bernie Sanders – I like this guy.  I find myself agreeing with him on many issues.  Where I will end up in my voting is still up for grabs, maybe, but it will be something I keep to myself.  What I do have an issue with is the acrimony that seems to have developed between the supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  I have read the personal opinions on Facebook, opinions of intelligent women whom I admire.  I have been dismayed.  I have also read myriad articles on this issue; Bernie Sanders supporters who say if HRC gets the nomination, they will not vote for her.  Hillary Clinton’s supporters who say if Bernie Sanders gets the nomination, they will not vote for him.

I would like to point out that if these various supporters go through with what they threaten, they leave the country in the hands of those who would destroy it, those who would erode the strides we  have made, those who would shove their conservative religions and  beliefs down our throats, not to mention the hatred that they preach.  (Funny that, that the most religious preach the most hate.)

If the supporters of each Democratic candidate cannot find a common ground and support the other if he/she is the one to get the nomination, what hope is there that the country as a whole can find common ground.  It is no secret that the country is divisive enough as it is; do we need this to get worse.

What is basically comes down to is this:

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That is the reality of what is happening.  Trump, unbelievable as it sounds, is way ahead of anyone else in the GOP.  If it happens that his numbers fall, who is behind him?  Cruz, Rubio – they scare me with their thoughts and beliefs.  I would fear for this country even more than I already do.

That is the reality of what is going down right now.  You don’t have to be a feminist to see what this country needs.  You don’t have to be gay, or black, or vegan or  <fill in the blank> to know that this country needs to continue to move forward and that that will only come to pass with one of the Democratic candidates in the White House.

Don’t throw away your vote.  Don’t throw away this country because you don’t like what some other folks are saying about your chosen candidate.  We need to be bigger than a party; we need to be bigger than one person’s idea.  We need to do what is right for everyone who lives in this country.

Think about it.

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

Yesterday, as I checked my comments, etc., I was thrilled to receive an email stating that I had been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award by mershaa.wordpress.com

I cannot say how honored I felt when I saw that; receiving this from Mershaa just made my day and let me know that I’m just not typing into the wind.  My heartfelt thanks to her.  

 

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Now for the next part – Award rules

Rule 1: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Rule 2: Provide a link to the award creator.

Rule 3: Attach the award to your post.

Rule 4: Nominate fifteen other bloggers, excluding yourself and the person who nominated you.

Rule 5: Write a brief story of how you started your blog.

Rule 6: A piece or two of advice to new bloggers.

Rule 7: Comment on the blogs you have named here to let them know you have nominated them.

 

I love writing, it is something I have always wanted to do.  I write because I want to share those pieces of myself.  I want to think that maybe my words make a difference to someone, somewhere.  I hope that maybe, just maybe, it might make a difference to someone, that something I have shared resonates with them.    I would tell those who wish to write, to just be genuine.  Be yourself, be true to your beliefs and your principles.  Stand up for what you believe.  Write and be happy.

I also love reading…..everything.  I’ve read so many blogs here and some of those have resonated with me and I’m grateful that these bloggers have chosen to share pieces of themselves with me.  So, I would like to nominate the following for the Blogger Recognition Award:

Stories from the Belly

Breasts are Healthy

Brigid’s Grove

XY Feminist

wemarriage

The Weaving Serpent

Feminism and Religion

Woods Priestess

Purple Sage

Paula vs Patriarchy

Tree Sisters

Dances With Fat

Magickal Connections

Beautiful Insanity

Chick Chat

 

Thanks to all of you for what you do!!

 

Breasts or “Boobs” – Nurture or Nudity

I have not posted a blog in quite a while.  Life gets in the way of life; or as John Lennon sings, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”.  

So, unless one is a small child or in the majority of the elderly who do not use computers, what do we all have in common; something we all do on a daily basis – it would appear that sometimes we can not live without it.  Yup, it’s Facebook.  Even for those who do not check it everyday, if you have some other type of social media, i.e. Twitter, WordPress, Instagram, when you post there, it will automatically be posted on Facebook.  Facebook is (one of) the monster(s) that have taken over our lives; and, we allowed it, and we encourage it.  But, in doing so, we have made Facebook the arbiter of what is right and what is wrong; what is allowed and what is not.

Recently, The Girl God page on Facebook posted an article.   Facebook decided that this brilliant article, which discusses breasts, freedom and how women are shamed, was inappropriate, showed nudity and was against their so-called rules.  The admin of The Girl God, and all of the women who are allowed to post on that page were banned from posting anything on Facebook for 24 hours. This included me, my first Facebook ban.  

This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Facebook also bans any photos of breast-feeding, and photos of women who have had mastectomies from which they have SURVIVED.  In great acts of strength and courage, they cover their scars with the most beautiful tattoos.   I think almost every woman who is currently on Facebook has seen at least one of these photos. They are beautiful and what they portray is something amazing; and yet, they are deemed inappropriate.  

Facebook’s attitude against breastfeeding is so prevalent, there is at least one Facebook page about it:  https://www.facebook.com/the.ban.on.breastfeeding  My suggestion is for everyone to go and “like” this page to show support.  This article from June of 2014 from the Huffington Post would indicate that this policy of banning breast-feeding photos; I’m not sure if I believe that.

Meanwhile, there are lovely pages, such as this. And this.  These searches took all of 10 seconds.  I have no desire to search further due to my delicate sensitivities <smirk>, but I think you get the point.

So, to sum it up, we have women’s breasts that were made for feeding and nurturing a child.  We have women bravely facing and surviving breast cancer and coming through it with pride and dignity.  Then we have “boobs” and the denigration of women.   Facebook needs to figure out their policies and quickly, or they may find women leaving in droves for another site, or even no site at all.   

As for the women who were banned, while I can only speak for myself, I would hazard a guess that none of us will stop fighting and standing up for women and our own principles.    We stand together, banned or badasses.  

 

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