I have a boundary to set with the commentors on #1 of this post. I am an extremely open minded person that listens to how people feel for a living. I’ve been doing it for 15 years. You are welcome to comment, of course, on the ideas I put forward. But I will cut you off if you simply slam and criticize in anger and negativity in the comments section. I ask that you make constructive criticism, helpful comments regarding a perspective I may not have seen. You have to be civil to me. I don’t allow myself to be mistreated by anyone, for any reason.
I had 4000+ views on my response to Dina since I posted it 6 days ago and many agreed with me and a few did not. I have observed that between WordPress and Facebook and the women I talk to directly, there is an emotional savior complex among women, “we’re in this together”, “don’t deviate” attitude. It’s a very patriarchal attitude and very “churchy” and sacrificial. That is not the kind of movement I will join because in the end it’s controlling and selfish. Women need to take care of themselves and ask for what they want and need and then ask others to join them. It’s empowerment and in my life, it’s based in Spirituality. Everyone is different and no preaching is necessary.
#1 HEALTH OF OUR BODIES AND MINDS and learning how to ask for what we need with regard to it.
I would like women’s health care and women’s right to control our bodies to be a focus. To a great degree, we can do much of this for ourselves. I live in my body 24/7 and it belongs to me. Especially in holistic medicine, my health is in my hands. But for some women, it’s not as simple. For now, we need both allopathic and holistic health care.
I’ve also seen many, many comments that not all women from all opinions and persuasions are being welcomed into the movement; in particular, women who do not support abortion and women who prefer peace, not a closed fist. I personally know two women who voted for Trump just on that issue alone. If feminists are discussing women’s bodies and feelings about reproduction, we need to just LISTEN to the feelings and ideas from all corners. It does not have to be in our platform or in our legislative agenda per se, but we owe it to all women to listen to their point of view if it’s presented in a civil manner.
Since I’m on the issue of civil manner, a women’s movement will in no way be taken seriously by Congress or anyone intelligent who could potentially fund the movement unless we stop the drama, the anger, the religious fanaticism, and the intolerance for those that don’t agree with us.
#2-Passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S.
- Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
- Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
- Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
That’s the whole thing and it still hasn’t been passed. I just saw this online and I couldn’t believe it.
There is already an Equal Pay Act of 1963 signed by JFK. Women need to read it, know the law and make sure it’s enforced in any job you take. You can find it online. Be brave!
I’m stating this and anyone else who feels this way can wrap their mind and heart around it. Essentially, these are mental mantras that you repeat to yourself over and over, or in a small group to set positive energy. These are not demands or expectations. This is a list of what I want and maybe some other women will as well.
- I want to be a happy woman and for everyone else to be happy as well
- I want to be a thriving woman and for everyone else to thrive as well
- I want to advocate for myself in confidence
- I want to step up to who I really am and be honest
- I want to hear happy hearted women lead the movement the loudest
- I want to know that everything is working out for each of us as individuals
- I want to live interdependently, not co-dependently or addicted as a woman
- I want to live safely in the world as a woman
- I want to know that no matter how many times attempted victimization is foisted on me, I do not have to accept the feeling of being a victim or the label of being a victim. I want to know that I have the right to be here, to be in my body, and to choose my life as I see fit.
- I want to know that Source energy, female and male, upholds me in my empowerment
- I want affordable healthcare for my female body.
- I want access to licensed, professional, holistic medicine for my female body and my children.
- I want my children to live safely in the world, playful and eager
- I want more people on Earth to feel better
- I want more stability and security as a woman
- I want to be safe and secure in my home as a woman
- I want the household chores split equally in my home
- I want sex to be discussed openly and our sexual needs met equally in my home
- I demand to be treated as an equal in my home with a male mate
- I want to be equal among humanity as a woman
- I accept the different sexual expressions and orientations of other women
- I do not support violence as a woman, from me, to me or my children
- I do not support the societal over-objectification of women’s looks for profit
- I want to thrive as a woman
- I want to work in a robust economy as a woman
- I want more of my own money and control of it as a woman
- I want equal access to bank loans as a woman
- I want to be listened to and respected as much as men as an intelligent woman
- I demand credit for my work and my ideas in the workplace as a woman
- I want to have more fun as a woman
- I want to feel at ease in my community as a woman
- I want to see people in affinity with me safely, around the world, as a woman
- I want to appreciate everyone’s point of view even if we’re not in agreement, as a woman
- I want to feel balance in diversity as a woman
- In this movement, in my female circles, I want me or my women friends to speak first and lead before a male. This is OUR TIME to come forward on behalf of all women in the world who want to be happy, healthy, and empowered to have a good life. We do it in the way only women can.