Tuesday, October 06, 2020
This morning I’m uncertain about what to write, because so much happening makes our heads spin. There’s Trump’s ultra-masculine show at the White House of ripping-off his covid-avoiding mask; tomorrow’s Harris-Pence plexiglass-shielded debate; and articles sent to me describing research on a “human fear-of-death” and how it impacts decision-making (especially in this election); and oh dear, what else? Well, Much too Much.
This morning, a standout is rumbling from the Supreme Court. Justices Thomas and Alito want to revisit the decision that legalized gay marriage. Of course, it’s more goodbyes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and more Thumps-Up to The Court. A large population of guy-guys want to retake the position of Dominant Gender. Their agenda includes a little-hidden wish to “return women to the kitchen”, as in the good old days. “Their ladies”, again, would be barefoot, pregnant, and little-heard from in matters of social, political, economic conditions. Yep, when the boys rule America will be strong again.
Of course, it’s not just fellows who pine for the good old days, many women do as well. There’s some forty percent of Americans, comprised of both genders, wanting to “make America great again”. Not long ago, and prior to WWII, Viet Nam, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the social order did evolve, but little and over long stretches of time. There wasn’t much change in the dominant order, which mostly was white, male, and though women finally could vote, they lacked a big voice. Among women, a rare exception was Eleanor Roosevelt.
By the way, I’m reading a recently published biography of ER. Her life and evolvement are the author’s primary focus, and thankfully for a change less about FDR. I want to understand how Eleanor evolved into a highly visible trail-blazer. I want to comprehend how her role impacted Americans. More about ER is on my writing agenda.
Dear Friends: Politically, ahead is another complicated week. Think carefully and Vote! Diana