Notebook Entries May 2007
Notebook entry, May 26th, 2007
A distrubing news article from Reuters Limited, dated May 25, 2007. Titled: "Women's rights key to Africa ADIDS crisis: study." by Andrew Quinn.
The piece tells of the study done by Physicians for Human Rights [PHR] which found that:
"2,000 women in Botswana and Swaziland showed inequality and gender discrimination were major factors behind a pandemic which has seen the two countries struggle with the worst AIDS crises in the world."The impact of women's lack of power cannot be underestimated."
"They are compelled often by their circumstances to engage in sexual behavior that raises their HIV risk."
"Economic dependence on men meant that women often lose control of their sexual choices, including whether or not to use a condom, while social inequality meant that men and women are held to different standards of behavior when it comes to multiple sexual partners, the report said."
I have been studying a book about sexuality in England from 1500 to 1800 and found many of the same social constructs that existed then in England that exist in these two African nations.
The common theme is that males get to fuck around and not pay any consequences, while women must shut their mouths and open their legs.
But then, there is that nagging evolutionary feminist principle that women
say to women: "when push comes to shove,"
"it will be my progeny that gets born and not yours."
The missing ideology -- the integrated assertion -- is the female not acknowledging that they are the ones who pick these bastards and do not assist their fellow sisters. In both genders it still is the dominates taking advantage of the submissives below them.
It is a tough social psycological nut to crack.
Notebook entry, May 13th, 2007
It's Mother's Day in America. The commercial side of the event is all warm and fuzzy and tells us that if we want to be good children we should honor her by buying things for her - like flowers, electronic toys, jewelry, etc. - or taking her to dinner. But as usual, the corporate greed machine forgets to inform us that the original Mother's Day was established as a call for peace after the American Civil War. And if you wanted to look even farther back into history, we find that in 1858, Anna Reeves Jarvis, a local teacher and church member who wanted to raise the visibility of the poor in West Virginia started Mothers' Work Days. But, with her notoriety, Julia Ward Howe, author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic, wrote a Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870 after working with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the conflagration. Here is the powerful first verse:
Mother's Day Proclamation
By Julia Ward Howe
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalitie s,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.
Notebook entry, May 11th, 2007
It is with sadness that I must tell you that my daughter has suffered her third mis-carriage. She has been under tremendous stress with the loss of her business, her home, the new job, the move to Las Vegas, and the concern for her children. In some, I guess the female body knows when conditions are not right to bring a child into the world and the internal chemistry does the rest. But what do I know. I hope the future brings my daughter happiness and things settle down