R.I.P. Geraldine

March 27, 2011

Or…Where are the Strong Firebrand Women?

By Bob Sterry

Yes, where are they when they are needed desperately to fight the present tide of right wing bumpkin religiosity begun and fed by the nastiest set of bedfellows (sic) one can imagine. Here they are. The republican party. A dinosaur relic of old men bellowing out a foul creed of hatred for working men and women; in particular women. Next up, conservative churches; who are concentrating the exact obverse of the teachings of Jesus in their daily and hourly blasts of vitriolic intolerance. And then we have trash media, whose campaign of misinformation and fear can only be described as repugnant at best. And finally I include the wonderful corporations and financial institutions of America, who’s quiet funding via lobbying and quite possibly direct financing of some if not all of these fear and greed driven agents wants nothing better than a partially educated workforce to exploit much as they did in the 19th Century, little or no corporate tax, and please, please, no Federal oversight of anything they do.

In concert and separately these groups continue and have recently reenergized a revolting campaign against women and their right to make decisions about their own lives without interference from men who would be shocked and shamed if the reverse were to happen. The blatant hypocrisy of these creatures should qualify them for nothing but an international museum of bigotry. But somehow they have got into power by the usual mixture of lies and money.

There was a time when I could not turn on a TV set without witnessing another demonstration by women determined to make the point that if men can decide what is good for men’s bodies why is it so difficult for women to decide the fate of their own?  It is not. And yet this freedom has come under attack yet again. So where are you? the strong women of the last century and where are your daughters? Where are your nieces, second cousins and where oh where are the men who supported you?

As a man I write this because I absolutely believe in the fundamental equality of the sexes. And further than that I know that once these foul creatures have beaten down American women their next target is me, an ordinary working man.


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