Friday, December 16, 2005

Feminism Founders while Hercules Savta Dotty Naps

After I referred to elswhere's post as an inspiration for my post about racism, she pointed out that her post was actually on feminism, not racism. And I replied that indeed it was, and I would prepare a post on feminism.

In the interim I watched a DVD of the brilliant, dated, and timeless movie "Adam's Rib." After ruminating on that movie and its subject for a couple of weeks, I find I have too much very little to say on the subject of feminism. Once (Western) women were able to obtain birth control products easily, everything changed and nothing has changed. Over the last five decades we tried "equal pay for equal work" and we bumped up against various definitions of equal work. Fast-track 80-hour-a-week jobs became available to more women in more industries, but we bumped up against the glass ceiling, child-care problems, and the stay-at-home-mom controversy. Those of us who chose 40-hour-a-week mommy-track jobs were accused by the more radical feminists of betraying The Cause. Those of us who chose heavy-duty management careers were vilified as Wannabe Men, also traitors to The Cause. When I moved to Israel I met a much wider spectrum of positions and more facets, with religious role-definitions and basic survival complicating the issue further. As if that weren't enough, international events pushed the Global Economy onto page one, and no job provided security against Overseas Outsourcing.

Personal relations that turn into pure competitive power struggles go downhill rapidly, but isn't feminism about power? And isn't racism about power? Women Power! Black Power! Jew Power! Muslim Power! Am I a Power-ist? Or an Anti-Power-ist? Where does Capitalism intersect with Social Welfare? I guess the kindergarten curriculum on Sharing needs updating. Uh oh. My mind boggles.

So for the time being, while I go off to study Power and Its Myriad Manifestations, I unilaterally declare elswhere, given her geographical and generational positioning, in charge of Feminism (and Delicious apples), and myself in charge of Middle East Peace (and Hummus). Stay tuned when we present our platform for World Government By The People and For The People, Including Men, Women, and Children of All Ages.

8 comments:

Udge said...

I'd vote for that. Can I be on the campaign staff?

Montanus said...

Thanks, but no thanks on the world government. Just putting up with the one I have is all I can cope with. I'd like to make some witty comment on the rest of the posting, but , though I'm ashamed to admit it, I really didn't understand much. I'm just an old hill billy though.

Savtadotty said...

Udge - Your first job as campaign manager (everyone is a manager in my gov) is to explain my talking points to Frank. [Note: All campaign funds will be distributed openly to staff according to a published formula. Corruption is not nice.]

Savtadotty said...

Frank - blogging hill billy ex-marines who admire Israel don't have to make witty comments to be appreciated. By me.

Montanus said...

That's nice to know, and nice of you to say so. I have discovered that making comments indicating a positive attitude towards Israel can sure get you a lot of nasty email from some very unpleasant people. It's water off a ducks back to me , though. In the South, you don't insult someone else unless you do it within an arms length and to their face. It's cowardly to hurl insults you don't have to back up with your body. Ah, well. My brothers and I are going to visit Israel in a couple of years, to see the Air Force Museum, the Armored Corps Museum, Masada, and whatever else turns up interesting.

That Girl said...

OMG it would be soooo cool if elsewhere were in charge, id totally go live there. If not for the feminism for the great books.

Savtadotty said...

Frank - my welcome mat is always out, but I only bake pies in winter; in summer, everybody just bakes (hah). Amunition Hill in Jerusalem is another site that might interest you. Let me know when you're coming.

That girl - yes! Reading lists themselves would be the celebrities in elswhereland.

Montanus said...

I've read about Ammunition Hill. During the 1967 war, an Israeli reserve paratroop unit duked it out with the Arab Legion there in Jerusalem, seems like to me. I heard there was a song about it but I never actually heard the song. We were talking about coming to Israel summer after next, but then my youngest brother and his wife had a new baby so we may have to push it back. When we have the planning down a bit better, I'll holler.