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