Friday, July 04, 2008

Ohhh, yes, gotta love the news in Shreveport...and the conclusions that they come to:

"It's a growing trend, one that is becoming more persistent."And the trend is not only disturbing here in the ark-la-tex, but nationwide. A 2005 report, showed violent crimes committed by women has quadrupled in the last 40 years. "When you get these kinds of non-traditional roles, everything starts to change."

Therapist Howie Brownell says there are a number of factors that could be triggers, such as the the changing social climate, that's put more women in power positions. Other factors include childhood and previous memories. And in a world of all news all the time, Brownell say even the media could trigger a thought. Women thinking about violence, could see news from another part of the country involving violence, and could get an idea. "I think it influences them. It makes something more likely and they will act on in a certain way."

That was not how I needed to start my day, thanks very much. All the recent murders in the Ark-La-Tex area were bad enough without the kind of analysis that could potentially put women right back in submissive holes.

Gee, what, in these times, could possibly drive all these women to such desperation?

They had learned to travel light, put down shallow roots, and expect change. During eight years of marriage, Alan and Louise had already moved across the country and back once and lived in half a dozen houses. The girls, at five and two, were adapted to the peripatetic lifestyle, and the family made the most of whatever months or weeks they could all be together...

The comfortable family routines came to an abrupt end when Alan and his new squadron boarded the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany in San Francisco, bound for the coast of war-racked Korea. They were shipping out for the first of two conjoined tours that would keep him separated from the family for more than a year. Just prior to his departure, Louise and the girls visited the ship, touring the floating village and dining in the officers' mess, which had been decked out with white tablecloths and silver, with white-gloved stewards serving the food. As Louise and the kids drove home, one of the girls asked, "Mommy, how come Daddy is so rich and we're so poor?"*

Sure, in the 1950's, one was very much expected to sacrifice her life, any dreams she might have had, and even her dignity and a better life for her kids for her man's dreams. Does that really have to happen today?

Apparently, it still does.

Happy 4th. Here's to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every body.

Dammit.


*Neal Thompson, Light This Candle: The Life And Times Of Alan Shepard

5 comments:

GentillyGirl said...

My mother died at 34 for Dad's pipe dreams. I couldn't save her that day. I had to become Mom for my sibs.

When will the day come where a woman is truly considered equal to a man?

As an Intersexed woman, I have experienced the drop in my social standing since I made my decision to live my life as a woman. Society has it's standards and I no longer meet them. I wear a skirt.

This culture is not yet ready for an actualized woman, hence the violence that is being displayed. Raise the kids, keep the home, try to make ends meet, and the guys just do what they want to do. I consider that enough reason to "off" them.

Many of us are tired of getting screwed for the good of the "boys". When do we get to have our lives?

Leigh C. said...

I just hate the implication that empowering women is a major factor. Hey, what about an economy that is making it more difficult to raise a family? An education system hell-bent on medicating kids to make 'em conform and behave? Misplaced priorities that are still largely rewarded by the loopholes in the current system?

And the news report seriously cut down what the therapist said, too. All of it made me so, so angry.

GentillyGirl said...

Our culture has become so skewed. The true power behind the family was always the mother. Look at Celtic culture up to the 10th Century C.E..

Medication of kids? Hell, they want all of us medicated. It's a control issue.

I never had to medicate my sibs, and outside of my brother, I never had to get physical. I was Mom and I helped them whenever they had probs. Today's world cannot allow that kind of dealings with children... everything is supposed to happen at the touch of a button.

I taught them by example: I worked 40 hours a week, paid room and board, covered the power and water bills, bought my own clothes and stuff, and still graduated as Valedictorian. (and I had a rock band)

Sadly, when I left for military service they went the way of mass culture.All of them have gone through addictions and legal troubles and I blame that on mass culture.

The Revolution to come is more about personal empowerment than restructuring Gov'mit. It is also about putting a leash on media and controlling it's effects on our kids.

I can go on for weeks on this topic.

Every child I see is "mine". I want only the best for them, just as I only want the best for all of us.

I am not a Luddite, but I think it would be best for us to divorce ourselves from the "Machine", i.e. Mass Culture.

Leigh C. said...

I think it also helps to be highly critical of the mass culture that is all about you. It is in this way that real change can at least get started - even if it might be miniscule at first. Not complete naivete, but knowing innocence.

GentillyGirl said...

Not one of us is the central core of the 'Verse. 'Tis a lesson learned hard, but it is Reality.

We are only here for a time, and that's all there is. What we teach/convey to others is our legacy.

Understanding who and what you are in this world is so important and vital. Transmitting that knowledge is very important.