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I Have No Words

Just when I start to believe misogyny has reached a plateau, I discover something that takes my breath away.

Texans who boast about our state being the best spout a patriarchal point of view. It is a bald-faced lie. Best perhaps if you are male, but if you are a woman, it is far from best.

I believed the so-called bathroom bill represented the worst of our elected officials. I wanted to believe its failure signaled change.


I hoped legislation that positions Texas solidly on the path to a dystopian state was over. I was wrong. Julia Jacobs posted this story in the NY Times.

Failed Texas Bill Would Have Made Death Penalty Possible in Abortion Cases

I have no words to describe the inner workings of a mind that could conceive of proposing the death penalty for women under these circumstances.

Like many of my friends, I have tried to practice tolerance for those whose beliefs differ from my own. Falling short on tolerance; establishing boundaries and limiting exposure has served me well.

Out of words to those whose views differ so vastly from my own, I am borrowing John Pavolitz, Giving Thanks for the Bridges I have Burned.

When John wrote this in 2017 , I wonder if he had any idea that two years later, the conditions that inspired him would escalate.

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How Trump is Transforming the Women’s Movement

One hundred and sixty-nine years ago, on July 19, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood before an audience of two hundred women and read, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

She detailed a list of injustices imposed on women, and called on them to organize, protest, and petition for their rights.

After seventy-two years, on August 18, 1920, Congress ratified the nineteenth amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.

For the past ten years, especially in my state, Texas, the political pendulum and passage of restrictive laws have swung to the far right at the expense of women’s rights. Texas school textbooks reflect this ideology and it concerned me that young women today may not know about the suffragist movement.

I needn’t have worried; the universe sent relief. The same machine that is hell bent on passing  laws designed to obliterate women’s rights, elected Donald J. Trump. An unintended consequence of DJT and gang’s blatant misogyny is women are paying attention.

If younger women did not know the hard won history of their rights, they certainly do now. What’s more, they are involved and protesting. They are masters of social media and can out twitter you-know-who.

Trump, according to recent polls, is the worst president in seventy years, but let’s be fair. His misogyny has served as the catalyst to fortify the women’s movement.

 

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