Reply to: A column from Jane
It's stories like this that can put people in the shoes of those affected by this. And remind them that they have friends (and family) who have exercised the right to choose. It's never an easy decision, but it's a decision every woman should have the right to make.
Reply to: It’s now or never
I feel strong about this, and I’m not willing to stay silent. It’s time to step up people. Whatever you can do. Do it.
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Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages
There is a lot of righteous anger out there right now among Liberals and Progressives, so much so that gender is emerging as a focal point of that anger. Not ideology or policy positions, but biology. Let me say upfront that I understand the frustration driving this; white males have controlled the lives of women for so long we are naturally suspect. Our deeper motives are suspect, and just speaking out in support of women is easily seen as exercising privilege. What I'm writing right now could be seen as that.
But whether it originated from a position of privilege or not, I simply cannot be silent in the face of right-wing attacks on women. I won't be. Because that silence has, in my opinion, fertilized the ground that has spawned these attacks. People like Clarence Thomas are counting on such silence, as they slowly chip away at the rights of women. And minorities. And LGBTQ folks. And the list goes on.
But it is incumbent on people like me (white males) to read the damn room. With that privilege comes responsibility. We need to understand that when people are hurting and angry, it's probably not the best time to praise our favorite sportsball team. As innocent as we may think that is, it feels (to many) like a smack in the face. I'm not speculating here; women are telling us this right now.
I am speculating with this: I believe they feel like we're diverting the conversation. Maybe not intentionally? But that could be worse. That we could subconsciously divert the conversation they want to have into areas on which we would prefer to focus. And the more trivial it is, the more frustrating it is, for them.
Be aware guys, and temper your observations accordingly. And if you catch yourself rationalizing the need to interject trivia here and there, be aware of that, too. Because part of you knows it's probably not appropriate, and you need to listen to that part.
Reply to: Livestream: Jan 6 Committee hearings
Or today, if you don't see this until tomorrow...Okay, that's even more confusing. There's a clock ticking down on the thing, just look at that.