Oh happy days …

Finally, finally, finally the emotionless, closed, secretive, rightest-of-the-right, my-way-or-the-highway Stephen Harper is PierreAndJustingone.  Nine years he was in office!  Nine long years.

But we now have a new Prime Minister and hope is in the air.  Glory Hallelujah!  Justin Pierre James Trudeau, the 43-year old son of the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau (seen here carrying Justin), who was Canada’s Prime Minister from 1968-1979 and then again from 1980-1984.

And what a breath of fresh air Justin is.  He’s young, Continue reading

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Much to celebrate but …

Last Sunday was International Women’s Day.  To slightly tweak an old Virginia Slims cigarette ad, “we’ve come a long way baby” but international women's daylet’s not rest on our laurels just yet.  We still have a way to go.

In many parts of the world women are still seen, and treated, as chattel.  In some parts of the world they’re considered so worthless, such a burden they’re killed as soon as they’re born.  In some parts of the world they still have to suffer through genital mutilation, to ensure they get no pleasure from sex.

In some parts of the world they’re not allowed to even look at a man, they’re forced to be covered up from head to toe with slits only for their eyes.  In some parts of the world if they dare to commit adultery and get caught they’re stoned to death.  They have Continue reading

Day 88. Early Feminists

Whose name comes to mind when you think of feminists?  Without spending too much time thinking about it, a few come to my mind.  

Susan B. Anthony, who was an American suffragette.  Liz Carpenter, one of the founders of the National Women’s Political Caucus.  Letty Cottin Pogrebin, an American writer and journalist, who was one of the first girls to celebrate a bat mitzvah in Conservative Judaism.

Harriet Tubman, the African American slave who went on to become an abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy.  And perhaps, one of the best known, at least in our time, Gloria Steinem, the American journalist, social and political activist.

What I didn’t know, is that there are some men who have made the list of feminists.  Here’s just a few:

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, who was born way back in 1486.  He was a German magician, occult writer, theologian, astrologer and alchemist, who also happened to write the “Declaration on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex”.  Alan Alda, an American actor of some note, who campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  John Lennon, who presumably needs no introduction, and Joss Whedon, the writer-director and creator Continue reading