The Suffering of Women


women are human beings

women are human beings

Not only do American women continue to face sexism in our country. We continue to do equal work for lesser pay. Sexual harassment is increasing and sexual crimes against women is also increasing. We continue to be the only citizens in America who are not legally equal. We are suffering because Congress is trying to regulate our bodies. Most women in America do not want men telling us what to do with our bodies. I know, to be honest, I don’t want even a husband to tell me what to do with my body. In 1972, I decided that I wanted a tubal ligation. I told my husband and then went to my doctor. He told me I would have to have my husband sign papers allowing me to have the surgery. Men have never needed permission to have a vasectomy. I felt like a child who needed parental permission. I know that women resent this requirement.

This morning I was reading about Bahrain and the torture, rape, and brutality that is being inflicted upon the women of that country. It is an awful story and I listened to women talking in videos telling of how they are suffering. In many countries, genital mutilation continues so a young woman is marriageable. No mutilation, no marriage. And the practice has been brought to America by families and they still want their daughters mutilated. I have blogged about this before and it is all done without pain medication.Little girls between ten years to fourteen years old go through this awake and without anything for pain. This is torture. Torture that has been passed down from generation to generation. Mothers holding their daughters down while the village midwife cuts her in a part of her body that is most sensitive.

The dream of equality

The dream of equality

Women are not the punching bags for the close minded and hateful in our world.  Women are people, we are equal, we are independent, and we can think for ourselves. So, I think that white males need to look within and squash their sexism, racism and elitism. That said, I don’t understand why often minority men of many nationalities that have experienced bigotry and racism, look at all women as second class citizens of whatever country they live in.

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I have written about this before and will again, it is important for everyone to understand what it is like to be a woman in this world. I know that the people who have suffered racism and /or genocide will understand how important this is for us to improve. When you talk to you friends listen and you will hear racism and sexism. Chauvinists are every where and often quote scriptures from their religions as the basis for their behavior. There is no basis except for the ugliness within them. We must love one another and we must be compassionate and understanding. Every one of us is equal to the others. That is why I say we are One Family in One World. You never can love too much. It is impossible.

Sisterhood bridges color and religion

Sisterhood bridges color and religion

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“The sexes in each species of beings…are always true equivalents–equals but not indenticals.”  —Antoinette Brown Blackwell

” There is a potential heroine in every women.”  —Jean Shinoda Bolen

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14 thoughts on “The Suffering of Women

  1. Seyi sandra says:

    Very deep post Sherri, sexism is widespread… everywhere. Women have been battered, bruised and used far too long… :(

  2. Gene'O says:

    Hey :) I try to take a look at bloggers who follow me elsewhere ;-) I took one look at yours and decided to follow you on WordPress, send you a tweet, and comment. If you’re also publicizing to a Facebook fan page or Tumblr, let me know. I could only follow you on Tumblr, but I have a feed just for blog fan pages on Facebook so that I can keep track of them and like/share their best stuff.

    I spend 90 percent of my social media time interacting with bloggers and a small group of friends who read and support my blogs. http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com is my sister. We both have collaborators and we’re working together to build our blogs and think up interesting games to play on social media.

    We are Southerners and think of ourselves and our collaborators as a Krewe.

    • Not just Southern but from New Orleans. My favorite place in the world is the French Quarter. I want to do a book of my photos. You can find me on FB as Barbara Daly- Mattio. My blog page is also there under Idealisticrebel. Nice to have you. Welcome to the WordPress family. Hugs, Barbara

      • Gene'O says:

        Wow, so cool. We’ve been trying to figure out what to call ourselves so we’re not making ourselves into an organization. We’re mostly Chaotic Good, if you know gaming. We don’t have leaders or speak as a group, but we do try and work together, and we are about fun first of all. Most of us are in New Orleans or its shadow. Don’t know how long it will take to get you into the feed, but I’ll go find you and let folks know you need to be added.

      • Gene'O says:

        all done. We have a feed with almost 50 blog fan pages, and it’s public. you can search for “Blogs with Fan Pages” under Interests if you’d like to follow it. We set it up to have an easy way to see what blogs we like are doing on FB. Trying to figure out how to make the fan pages useful.

        This is the post I was referring to in my comment on your Pete Seeger link over there.

        http://sourcererblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/pete-seeger-1919-2014/

      • Hi. I have not been able to find the feed. Is there an actual page name? Blogs with fan pages didn’t come up for me

      • Gene'O says:

        Huh. It’s not a page, it’s an interest list and you subscribe by following. I’ll shoot you a link this weekend and you can try it. I will also check and make sure it’s truly public. The way I found it was by going to “Add interests” and searching “Blogs with Fan Pages” that is the name I see when I go to the top of the feed. Thanks for letting me know this. It is so hard to look at facebook and tell what someone who is not a friend is seeing.

      • Thank you for all your time and kindness. Hugs, Barbara

      • Gene'O says:

        YW. This is a roundabout way, but go here http://sourcererblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/test/comment-page-1/#comment-650 and let me know whether you can find it when you click the link. I’m glad you asked because this is much less useful to me if it is not really public.

  3. I don’t know if you follow secret angel — she posted a series about sex slaves and the super bowl. http://secretangelps911.wordpress.com/

    • I know her. I have written several blogs on battering this past year. I helped to start a Domestic Violence shelter in the seventies. I worked there and was also a psych nurse. I have a lot of experience. I have been on the board of directors at two shelters.i just finished a course on human trafficking online at Ohio Stare. I wrote four blogs on the subject. I have been a marching and picketing feminist who has devoted her life to women’s and children’s issues. There are many of us on WordPress who write from a feminist point of view. Thanks for your comment. I hope my credentials reassure you that I know what I am talking about. Hugs, Barbara

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