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My Father’s Daughter


When I was pretty young I was aware of the Cold War, the nervous state of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, because my dad was involved with the Civil Defense.civil defense


When I was a bit older, he was involved with the Civil Rights movement. We lived in a post WWII subdivision that had some unspoken rule about not selling to anyone of color. And there was my dad, hosting meetings in our dining room to the chagrin of our neighbors.

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This photo was taken by my father on one of our many family trips. This one, in the South in the early 1960s.

Dad also helped push a new high school into being in our town and was the camp committee chair for the local Girl Scout council. If his wife and three daughters were involved, then by gosh, so would he be.

And so, my dad set the tone for service, community involvement and taking a stand on an issue when it is morally right even when it is against the standards of the community at the time.supremecourt

So today we heard that the Supreme Court once again took the position that a corporation has more rights than its employees. You notice I did not say “female” employees. See, I believe since it takes two to tango, I think the men have been ducking their share of the responsibility for millennia and that is just a bit too long.

We are horrified seeing  fundamentalist Muslims impose Sharia law and yet do not recognize our own double standards.   Young girls are bombarded with ads for make-up and learning alluring posturing and then blamed for being provocative and now we have rape statistics on college campuses and in the military that are ridiculously swept into hiding with the victims being shamed for their role.  We parents have not taught our boys self control and respect.statistics-rape-conviction-in-military

We are sexual beings. We are animals with hormones that cause physical reactions in our bodies. We have men who take viagra or testosterone hormone therapy because the aging process naturally reduces their physical performance.  So men want to play, and, as always, women have to pay. It is our bodies who also go through multiple hormonal changes during our lives.  We women are not yet equal citizens but we carry more than 50% of the workload in this country.

What would happen if there was one day of solidarity and all women were on strike? I imagine we might get some attention? I also imagine some women would be beaten and some men would think that was justified.


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12 thoughts on “My Father’s Daughter

  1. Fodder here for several articles. Your father was a rarity…ahead of his time. His daughter has proven that the “acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

    • My foot in mouth syndrome has been with me all my life. At least now I put a little more thought into the words before the mouth starts moving….I hope. I often think back to my 8th grade English teacher who required us to give a series of speeches. One was to use “persuasive argument” to win a point with someone who felt differently. It seems few people today have learned this technique.

  2. And for those who don’t think there’s much difference between the parties, take a closer look at your graphic about who was appointed by which party. I believe four of the Supremes are in their 80s, or getting close to them. The next appointments could be utterly critical.

    FWIW, hubby was involved in Civil Defense, with stock piles of weird stuff at home. That was before my time though… 🙂

    • Yes, I was glad to find that graphic because it showed more clearly how important appointments to the Supreme Court are by Presidents. So now we have at least 3 very conservative justices who are probably being told to “hang in there” during the last two years of Obama’s presidency.

      • Ginsburg is the oldest of the four outlined in blue. She looks so frail, I imagine her as the only one who might actually be “hanging in there”. The other 3 in their 70s have cushy jobs and could be there a very long time yet. Given our current gridlock, I doubt that Obama could appoint anyone close to reasonable. 😦

  3. Fascinating! I don’t believe we learned about Lysistrata in school…….definitely fun to read about it now. I certainly do hope there is an public uproar and outrage over this latest bit of news. There is so much that we are trying to get changed, so why not add this one too?!

    • The discussion I was in last night on Facebook was that the people who work at these three companies are only restricted from 4 of 22 types of birth control. I told him while that might sound like there are still plenty, it is a restriction that might truly affect a person’s life. He, however, followed the flock of sheep, and held that the potential baby’s right to live was more important. I just wish that all the people who are “pro-life” would care about those people AFTER they are born.

  4. I have not seen anger in my home like this since the Clarence Thomas hearings. There is not a lot being said yet, but it is deep and it is palpable. This is like when the temperature and the barometric pressure drops before a storm. Those funny old men stopped being funny today, and I sense a “shit storm” the likes I have not seen in all my 45 years of marriage.

    • It seems in the past few years that as this new conservative movement grows as a backlash to a changing America, that the position of equality that women have been fighting for is slipping further away. To have men in positions of power say rape is sometimes justified, for example, indicates with clarity the objectification of women in those men’s life. It is unfathomable to me that so many women are swayed by the men in their life to thinking that they are somehow in a better position with this kind of leadership. Be happy your wife is a thinking being.

  5. Well said. Read about an Ancient Greek play called Lysistrata.

    Take good care – iPhone Helen

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