Racism Sucks! by Kimberley A. Johnson
I have a dear friend who fights harder than I do for the Equal Rights Amendment. She is passionate and unrelenting. She is not looking for glory. She isn’t seeking fame. She just wants women to be equal.
My heart broke for him. I cried in the other room.
It took a long time for him to calm down, and hours later he was still bothered. Finally we talked. I explained to him that I could not ever understand what he was going through, but that I had faced discrimination in my life, too. He knows what I do as far as women’s advocacy, yet he never connected racism with gender discrimination. From his tear-streaked face, his body covered in sweat from anger, he listened to what it is like to hear women being put down through songs that he loves to rap to. I challenged him to find one song on his playlist that does not objectify women. Zero.
Then he said these couple of words “Being a woman is like being Asian, or Black, or Hispanic but ten times worse. That is so racist!” I reminded him that women come in every color, every shape, every size and that we are judged even by our names before anyone even knows one thing about us. He did get some comfort knowing that I too had faced discrimination, but more importantly, he gave me my computer back so I could continue to fight for women. “Being a woman is like being the worse race ever,” he said.
This is the reality I live in and that he lives in. At least he recognizes it. Feeling like a mom who has the best son in the world.”
When my mom was in junior high in the mid 1970s, girls weren’t allowed to take shop class, while boys were allowed to learn how to cook and sew in home economics. My mom challenged her school’s policy and thanks to her, ninth grade girls were operating power tools at her school in 1975.
More than two decades later it was a requirement for all students to take shop when I was in junior high. Thanks, Mom (it’s kind of ironic you ended up married to a shop teacher).
I recently watched an episode of MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a PBS series that highlights the women in recent past who yelled, who fought and who went against the “rules” to give today’s women the freedoms we enjoy. Freedoms I admit, I take for granted.
It’s important to be reminded of where women were not too long ago. The…
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This article about an interview with Ellen Page was supposed to talk about her upcoming film but instead (and more interestingly) focuses on her role as an outspoken feminist and advocate for equal rights. Originally from Canada, Ellen Page fearlessly maintains her convictions with regards to political subjects that can sometimes be taboo in the USA–most notably, women’s reproductive health.
We are women….