Question: Which of the two chocies below would you favor?
(a) More funds to raise awareness of signs of mental health instability...
[photo: gas station, Harlem, New York City, 1996]
My bias is toward both. In the heat of the second wave of the women's movement that energized the late 20th century, women's studies scholars began to label different "schools of thought." An academic psychologist I knew and admired described my belief that the world would be in a better place with women in charge as out-of-date.
That was essentialist thinking she cautioned. It was old-fashioned feminism to leave behind as a relic of the first wave--the one that gave us the vote and prohibition.
In Portland, Oregon, Saturday, July 21, 2012, marks an initial celebration of the centennial of Oregon women obtaining suffrage. They were able to cast a ballot, to vote--eight years before it happened nationally. I am very grateful to these essentialists and look forward to supporting more women into the House and Senate and local offices as soon as possible. Others life myself seem at home with the label is applied feminism.
Just signed this next one from Mayors against Illegal Guns. The rightwing defeats us through unwavering vigilance...we need to do the same.