Thursday, March 13, 2008

we've done it!!!

we have come a loooong way baby!!! oh come on- you knew this post was coming. not much has steamed me lately more than the 'women' in the news lately. i am not a feminist- never have been. i see men and women as equal people- period- and i don't need a label to help me figure that out. in all fairness to the ladies in the news lately- not all of them purport to adhere to feminism either. this post isn't directed solely towards feminists, however, it's people in general. see- i am a woman. always have been- always will be. so i see things from my own perspective- as well as having a female bent. what i see is the political machine making clones out of the anyone and everyone who gets sucked in- i mean 'elected.' and i haven't figured out quite why.

the bigger thing that steams me- the women behaving as the men do. i don't remember where i said this- here or in comments elsewhere- but hillary clinton let not just women down- but thinking men everywhere. so did geraldine ferraro. sally kern and laura schlessinger are in different categories because it's obvious that they don't think. what disappointed me the most- the fact that it's the good ole boys club- with boobs. seriously. none of these women are behaving any differently than men in these situations- and they are in positions to change the direction. i understand working with the system to get where you want to be and blah, blah, blah- but the feminist movement is supposed to be about change- and those are the folks out there crying about gender over race and how women all over america have this golden opportunity. for what? hillary and geraldine JOINED the boy's club- they didn't change it. we haven't done anything other than make misogyny as insidious and under-the-surface as racism- which these ladies have had no problem rolling in.

that's why i have had to back obama over hillary. i have written to her senate offices and campaign several times- imploring her to do the right thing- as a new yorker; as a woman; as a human being. instead of touting change- she has touted experience. experience to me smacks of the same system we have now- and hillary morphed into a man with boobs. let me guess- if obama was her vp- would he be the token 'person of color' in her cabinet? would she be the 'token female' or add one more? we may not get change with obama. but at least he seems to believe we will right now. i am willing to give him that chance- not because he's black- not because she's a woman- but based on the candidate and their records and their platforms.

we need to stand up for what is the human thing to do- we can't keep looking the other way and ignoring the obvious. thanks to pam- at pam's house blend for this:

Today my nephew attempted to deliver a letter to Sally Kern but was stopped by a highway patrol man. With his permission I am distributing the letter to all news stations and thought I would include it here.

Maybe we can all stand to learn a listen from this smart, loving, young man. He more than most has reason to hate. He lost his mother, my sister, in the Murrah Building bombing.

( by way page 112 of the News9 Comment Section at )

(The letter is below the fold.)

Dagon :: Letter From Tucker

Rep Kern:

On April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City a terrorist detonated a bomb that killed my mother and 167 others. 19 children died that day. Had I not had the chicken pox that day, the body count would've likely have included one more. Over 800 other Oklahomans were injured that day and many of those still suffer through their permanent wounds.

That terrorist was neither a homosexual or was he involved in Islam. He was an extremist Christian forcing his views through a body count. He held his beliefs and made those who didn't live up to them pay with their lives.

As you were not a resident of Oklahoma on that day, it could be explained why you so carelessly chose words saying that the homosexual agenda is worst than terrorism. I can most certainly tell you through my own experience that is not true. I am sure there are many people in your voting district that laid a loved one to death after the terrorist attack on Oklahoma City. I kind of doubt you'll find one of them that will agree with you.

I was five years old when my mother died. I remember what a beautiful, wise, and remarkable woman she was. I miss her. Your harsh words and misguided beliefs brought me to tears, because you told me that my mother's killer was a better person than a group of people that are seeking safety and tolerance for themselves.

As someone left motherless and victimized by terrorists, I say to you very clearly you are absolutely wrong.

You represent a district in Oklahoma City and you very coldly express a lack of love, sympathy or understanding for what they've been through. Can I ask if you might have chosen wiser words were you a real Oklahoman that was here to share the suffering with Oklahoma City? Might your heart be a bit less cold had you been around to see the small bodies of children being pulled out of rubble and carried away by weeping firemen?

I've spent 12 years in Oklahoma public schools and never once have I had anyone try to force a gay agenda on me. I have seen, however, many gay students beat up and there's never a day in school that has went by when I haven't heard the word **** slung at someone. I've been called gay slurs many times and they hurt and I am not even gay so I can just imagine how a real gay person feels. You were a school teacher and you have seen those things too. How could you care so little about the suffering of some of your students?

Let me tell you the result of your words in my school. Every openly gay and suspected gay in the school were having to walk together Monday for protection. They looked scared. They've already experienced enough hate and now your words gave other students even more motivation to sneer at them and call them names. Afterall, you are a teacher and a lawmaker, many young people have taken your words to heart. That happens when you assume a role of responsibility in your community. I seriously think before this week ends that some kids here will be going home bruised and bloody because of what you said.

I wish you could've met my mom. Maybe she could've guided you in how a real Christian should be acting and speaking.

I have not had a mother for nearly 13 years now and wonder if there were fewer people like you around, people with more love and tolerance in their hearts instead of strife, if my mom would be here to watch me graduate from high school this spring. Now she won't be there. So I'll be packing my things and leaving Oklahoma to go to college elsewhere and one day be a writer and I have no intentions to ever return here. I have no doubt that people like you will incite crazy people to build more bombs and kill more people again. I don't want to be here for that. I just can't go through that again.

You may just see me as a kid, but let me try to teach you something. The old saying is sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Well, your words hurt me. Your words disrespected the memory of my mom. Your words can cause others to pick up sticks and stones and hurt others.



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