Motivational Mondays-Keep Faith in Feminism

From Gloria Steinem’s “Halfway into a Feminst Century,” available in this month’s Ms, Steinem wrote an inspirational piece on the eve of the election to inspire women.  The article isn’t available publicly online yet, but I wrote down the key parts of the article, for your speed reading pleasure.

Steinem argues that we’ve gotten much further than we believe.  She reminds us, that you can’t have a backlash without a front lash.  I was moved by the lines, “Only if we get discouraged and give up our power as the major-to act, speak out and use our dollars, and votes, can the clock be turned back,”
and “But we’re not crazy- the system is crazy-and knowing that it is one of the deepest gifts of feminism.”

Steinem provides a list of the next campaigns that feminists need to wage:
  • Reproductive freedom as a human right.
  • Make reproductive freedom as a basic freedom
  • Women will only support revolution who don’t treat them as disposable and actually support their goals.
  • We will eroticize equality, with women being portrayed as equals not as sex objects.
  • Women’s movement will take up gun control.
  • Women will no longer be perceived as moral, but will promote peace
Steinem concludes her piece with this compelling argument,
“The very force of the opposition, especially to our control of reproduction should tell us how powerful we are.”
We are powerful.  And only if we surrender and cease to fight will we lose.
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You Don’t Need to Move to Canada…

Obama won!  I’m breathing a sigh of relief, and crying because I’ve been so afraid of a Romney presidency for so long.

In other delightful, glorious election news,

Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin lost his race to “unladylike” Claire McCaskill.

Defeated and no longer serving in the US House Science Committee.

Richard Mourdock, who believes that rape babies are gifts from God, also lost his race.

Take this loss as a gift from God, Mr. Mourdock. I mean, you were asking for it.

Overall, a record number of women won their races, the Republicans learned that rape is really not a viable campaign strategy, young people increased turnout, and the Republican party is starting to come to grips with the fact that they need to appeal to Hispanic voters.  Medical marijuana ballot initiatives passed in several states, as did marriage equality.  In short, many progressive initiatives passed in the ballots, meaning that the country is becoming more liberal again.

Unfortunately, this guy, won his re-election campaign.  You can’t win them all.

For my non-US readers, thank you for letting me celebrate.  I promise back to regular blogging tomorrow.

Any other important election updates I forgot, let me know in the comments.

US Citizens, Need Help Voting?

Am I registered to vote?

Go to this website to find out.

But where do I go to vote?

Check out this website to find your polling place.  (Contains profanity in the web address, but it’s simple to use).

Who Do I vote for?

Go to this website to find out more information about the candidates and the issues.

What do I need to vote?

For a list of the things you’ll need to vote in your state, go to this website.

Why Should I vote?  

Because Mitt Romney doesn’t think that people are entitled to food.  I don’t trust anyone who thinks that people don’t deserve to live because they are poor to make national policy.  

Because we stand to lose a lot of the gains we’ve made in the past fifty years.  

Because your vote counts.  

Because, as Edmund Burke famously said, “All that is required for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”