Tell It Slant: Or Why Feminisms Should Not Be Blunt Instruments #7

Currently I am a turtle, being washed ashore. I can hardly breathe.
One of the disappearing Salmon trying to hide my tracks.
Difficult in water.
I do not want such risky energy developments.
The new Feminisms are not the old, though the issues may be similar, even identical.
There are reasons to be cloaked and uncloaked.
There are moments to be direct and indirect.
I do not want so much distance between consumer and product.
Being counted is extremely important but in a society that is becoming dependent on ever sharper abilities to pool opinion and either a/ court it or b/ ignore it this feminist finds it a very important time to be an even more intense feminist even more intensely cloaked.
I do not want to be an ineffectual orange boom trotted out uselessly as a front line defense against twenty foot waves and an unstoppable flow of raw energy.
I don’t care how well-funded the orange boom is.
I will not be obvious for you.
I will not react in a way you have anticipated.
I will not go gently, or easily.
I will not be compliant in the way you want.
My imagination is not for conducting corporate research.
Nor is my time best used compiling statistical data for your market research.
I can’t be outsourced.
I do vote. I do agitate. I will continue to love fashion.
I don’t think design is only for the rich.
My future includes rain forests and downtowns.
I’m not the label you want to affix.
I will, yes, continue to have fun.
The minute you think you’ve figured me out I will transform.
I am at your dinner table, thank you very much.
I may even be you.

Vanessa Place has been busy with her interventions. You can find quite a few of them over here.

“Equal Rights for Men.”

May 5th, 2010 by Vanessa Place § 0

of New York
In the House of Representatives, May 21, 1969
Mr. CHISHOLM. Mr. Speaker, when a young man graduates from college and starts looking for a job, he is likely to have a frustrating and even demeaning experience ahead of him. If he walks into an office for an interview, the first question he will be asked is, “Do you type?”
There is a calculated system of prejudice that lies unspoken behind that question. Why is it acceptable for men to be secretaries, librarians, and teachers, but totally unacceptable for them to be managers, administrators, doctors, lawyers, and Members of Congress.
The unspoken assumption is that men are different. They do not have executive ability orderly minds, stability, leadership skills, and they are too emotional.
It has been observed before, that society for a long time, discriminated against another minority, the blacks, on the same basis – that they were different and inferior. The happy little husband and the contented “old darkey” on the plantation were both produced by prejudice.
As a black person, I am no stranger to race prejudice. But the truth is that in the political world I have been far oftener discriminated against because I am a man than because I am black.
Prejudice against blacks is becoming unacceptable although it will take years to eliminate it. But it is doomed because, slowly, white America is beginning to admit that it exists. Prejudice against men is still acceptable. There is very little understanding yet of the immorality involved in double pay scales and the classification of most of the better jobs as “for men only.”
More than half of the population of the United States is male. But men occupy only 2 percent of the managerial positions. They have not even reached the level of tokenism yet. No men sit on the AFL-CIO council or Supreme Court. There have been only two men who have held Cabinet rank, and at present there are none. Only two men now hold ambassadorial rank in the diplomatic corps. In Congress, we are down to one Senator and 10 Representatives.
Considering that there are about 3 1/2 million more men in the United States than men, this situation is outrageous.

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