seldomifever: (behind)
Finally finished The Handmaid's Tale. I loved it. Makes me wish we'd studied it when I was still in high school. It might have helped me come to terms with feminism and sexism at a much younger age. I knew something was wrong with the fact that the girls teams were always forced out of the gym when the boys teams needed it, but I hadn't truly understood just how often we were made to feel worth less until college. It's weird, too, because my mom was so progressive for our town, working for the League of Woman Voters, buying gender-neutral toys and records like "Free to be You and Me...", but my parents were just happy that our school complied with Title IX at all. They'd say, "None of your sisters got to play basketball. They didn't even have girl teams in schools, then. Can you imagine?"

I think about women today. How sexism manifests itself. How we continue to participate in our own oppression. And every time I read a headline about someone with a label like "Octomom", I cringe.
seldomifever: (giles/ru)
Geez Louise, I'm feeling awfully cranky again this afternoon. Wouldn't it be nice if I could blame it on Life Changes or whatever the fuck euphemism people are now using for menopause? Strange thing to be looking forward to, I realize, but if I'm not gonna be having any more kids, I would gladly give up being tortured once a month for days on end.

Eh, I know. Piss piss moan moan.

My back's been giving me hell for the past week, and I think that's prolly adding to my misery. Also, husband and I are bidding on a house in Eastham once again, and the whole process makes me feel kind of sick to my stomach. How much do I not want to be doing this, flist? The minute we decide to make a large financial commitment, I begin feeling trapped and edgy. I gear my entire existence towards feeling unfettered. S'hard to change that. I like to pick up and go, sans plan, you know? Now, I see a future of sinking every extra penny into a second, crappier home. Ooh, special. I know it's hard to have sympathy for me. That's why I have to work so hard at it myself. It's a dirty job...

Oh, and, by the way, if for some ungodly reason you find yourself wondering if you should add the Sex in the City movie to your Netflix queue, don't bother. It sucked. Even worse than the show, if you can imagine. Drives me up the wall to see these supposed strong, successful, independent women kowtowing to all the men in their lives. You've come a long way, baby. Erm. Or not.

On a happier note, this song's replaced the Seussical soundtrack I had stuck on repeat for 72 hrs straight, and, for this, I am eternally grateful.
seldomifever: (b/g)
Yay Obama! O happy day! The historian in me is awestruck. The Democrat in me is ecstatic. The realist in me thinks our troubles are far from over, but at least we're in a much better position than we'd be in under another four years of Republican rule, so "Hoorays!" all around. Only a couple of things still undermine the pure joy of this moment for me: (1) Gays just lost the right to marry in CA. That is so fucking wrong, I have no words. (2) Every time I hear a prominent black American say that they can finally tell their children that they really can grow up to be anything they'd like, I think, "Not if your kid's a girl, buddy". But one day...one day they will. And I suppose our little girls still have Oprah to aspire to. Hopefully it won't be too long before a king maker might also be crowned.

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