What women's rights look like when the two sides come together as one.
What women's rights are when women are no longer manipulated by party rhetoric.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lots Written All of a Sudden---Few Ideas Generated

Cynthia Ruccia

I realize that all of the talk right now is centered on our presidential election (and the down ticket races too), but I'm still having my post traumatic stress reaction. I'm tuned in, reading everything, but it is all a virtual ugly flashback to 2008 for me. I'm preparing to run a half marathon in a few weeks, and I'm logging alot of miles. It will be my first half since before I went through all of those 32 chemo treatments and 4 surgeries for my breast cancer, and it will truly be a victory lap for me. I don't have the same strength I had BBC (before breast cancer), but I'm doing ok. It could be that since I'm now 60 (it's only a number---it's only a number, etc) I'd be slowing down a little anyways, but who knows. I did 9 miles a few days ago and felt better than I thought I would. I'm just happy to be back in the game again....

I bring up the running because on that level, you just can't avoid the yard signs. For sure, there are maybe only 10% of the yard signs that there were in 2008, but I can tell you where every single one of them is on my running route. And each time I see one, my mood gets darker. I used to be the Democratic Ward Leader here, and I know who lives in those houses with the yard signs. I remember the slammed doors, the hatemail, and the death threats and who made them. I remember the inanities of  the happily married woman with a great job and five grown kids with her "I've never felt this way before" comments about Obama and her current yard signs. I remember the veiled threat to my younger son, that she, a lawyer,  hoped he would die in Iraq as a soldier, living in the house behind the sign a few blocks over. He ended up marrying a soldier who will likely be deployed in Afghanistan before too long under this Democratic president. Just saying.....

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"The End of Men" and Post Traumatic Stress

Cynthia Ruccia

For the record----I AM SICK OF THIS CAMPAIGN!!!! As you may know, I live in one of the essential swing states, and I have had it up to here with the following:

1) campaign ads that have been blanketing our airwaves non stop since late spring

2) robo calls

3) presidential trips to my city that tie up air and street traffic for hours

4) yard signs (and those are just getting started)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Voter Suppression and Electing More Women

Cynthia Ruccia

As promised, I'm taking up the subject of what we can do in November to elect more women. By the title above, I'm not implying that voter suppression is taking place to keep us from electing more women. I've just got voter suppression in general on my mind this morning. But before I go on, I want to remind folks new to this blog that we LOVE discussion, but we have congenial conversation here. That means that if you insist on character assassination, ridicule, shaming, name calling, nasty abortion talk, demeaning (I think you get my drift) your comments will be deleted. Sorry. We aim for a serious debate on a very serious subject, women's disempowerment. No exceptions.

First of all, in order to elect more women, we need to do our best to encourage everyone we know to get out and vote this year. And we can even take it a step further and get involved in any party's GOTV efforts (get out the vote) to get their voters to vote.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Some Final Thoughts on the Conventions

Cynthia Ruccia

Like you, I feel like I'm having a convention/politics coma much like the food comas we all get on Thanksgiving. Even before the last speech was given on Thursday, I'd had more than enough. I'm still feeling overloaded, but I have a few thoughts on the two conventions that I wanted to get down on paper.

Before I go any further, to anyone who comes to this blog for the first time (or even for those of you who aren't quite so new), I want to categorically state that I am an INDEPENDENT. I lean neither left nor right. My leanings are towards finding a new way for feminism because imho for now, our politics are failing us in a huge way. Our politics have failed us because women are still mired in last century's paradigm of having little to no power. Female voices in general have yet to make it to the oval offices, executive suites, and to the top of many if not most professions. The mighty U.S. ranks #80 in the world in female representation in government, women hold 26.8% of Congressional seats, only 12% of governors are female, only 8% of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. are headed by a female mayor, women are 2.8% of Fortune 1000's CEO's, we've never had a female president or vice president. We make 77 cents on the man's dollar. You can check out the links to these facts in the column on the right.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Something for Women To Celebrate at the DNC

Cynthia Ruccia

No question that watching the Democratic National Convention (DNC) has stirred up many strong emotions for me. I was so exhausted by my feelings that I even have to confess: I fell asleep in the middle of Bill Clinton's speech. No matter how much I love President Clinton, another true confession------this wasn't the first Clinton speech that put me out. I am sure I'm not alone on that one.

But this piece isn't about Bill Clinton. I'm going to leave it to others to slice and dice all of the terrific fodder that was left in the wake of his speech. My friend AnnaBelle was one of the first out of the gate with some gripping commentary on the Clinton speech.

No, I'm here to herald something terrific that happened at the DNC. I was driving around Columbus to get to the gym so I could swim my laps before Clinton came on, and I was treated to what was for me THE precious pearl of the DNC. Like many of you, I have XM radio and thus can listen to the audio cable feed from Fox, CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and others. For the presidential campaign season, as was done in 2008, CSPAN has put its own special programming on XM radio, a channel it calls POTUS which gives minimal commentary during the speeches, and lots of rather balanced discussion the rest of the time.

So around 7:30 ish, I got to hear what I had been searching for. Finally, there was a tribute to the Democratic women who serve in the Senate. They were all introduced by name, they all came out onto the stage, and it was Senator Barbara Mikulski who did the speaking. Here is her speech:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Deconstructing The Feminist Argument ala Madeleine Albright

Cynthia Ruccia

Madeleine Albright Mitt Romney

I love Madeleine Albright. Let me list the ways----

She was the very first female U.S. Secretary of State serving from January 1997--January 2001 having been nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a unanimous vote of 99-0.  No woman up to then had reached such high heights in government. She also was a woman who, unlike other women who make it to the top, brought other women along with her to the best of her ability. Her quote "there is a special place in hell for women who don't help each other" has become iconic. And of course she was an early and ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton for President.

As the Democratic National Convention (DNC) gets underway today, we are all inundated with the sights and sounds of everything Democratic wherever we turn. TV, newspapers, cable, blogs, internet news aggregators, everywhere. In my prior piece I talked about how it wasn't going to be easy looking at my former party as it celebrates. Today, I took my first steps into the belly of the beast. I rolled out of bed, checked my email and was treated to my idol saying "I can't understand why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney." The article went on to say that only Ann Romney and the 5 daughters-in-law have any reason to vote for him.

I have a hair trigger these days listening to those kinds of thoughts. Not because I'm a big supporter of Mitt Romney, but because of the sentiments that underlie such words. I've grown to feel that those are the words of the unthinking and/or the people who just need to say the right thing to show their group identification. Not my Madeleine Albright. Surely not her.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Wish I Could Say That This Was Going To Be Easy

Cynthia Ruccia

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) starts in a few days, and I have promised myself (and my readers) that I am going to watch it. And I will. I have a much busier work schedule this week than last, so I won't be watching it as much as I watched the RNC. And I will be watching it on CSPAN. I really loved watching the other convention on CSPAN. I felt like I was there in the arena, and it was nice forming my own impressions and opinions of what went on rather than have some bloviating talking head telling me what I should think. I even called my friend T on the phone one day (she lives in a different city than I do), and we spent close to three hours on the phone watching the RNC on CSPAN together while the state roll call vote was taken to formally nominate and elect Romney as the party's nominee. We were like giggling girls in the bleachers watching it all. It was fun!!!!

I must confess that I am DREADING watching the DNC. I can't fathom that my feelings are still too raw from what happened in 2008. I mean, so much time has past but I'm still mad at the Democrats. If any of the Democrats who have stayed on board in 2008 instead of leaving like the 4 million of us who did depart the party choose to come onto this blog to excoriate me for expressing myself, I'm going to delete your comments. I don't mind having a real conversation about it, but I'm not dealing with name calling, insults, nasty abortion talk, character assassination, shaming, arrogance, etc. You won't win me back that way, so what good does it do you to go there? If you want to comment politely, I'm happy to have a conversation. Ok?