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, November 21, 2012

Less Cranky----

Cynthia Ruccia

Well, it's the night before Thanksgiving and I should be doing Thanksgiving stuff. Instead, I am at my computer pecking away. It's as if I need to empty out my brain in order to make room for all of tomorrow's goodies.

I'm a little less cranky as time passes. I have realized that my hopes and desires were tied up in seeing our president lose to pay for his sexist sins, and now that it hasn't happened, when I get over being upset about it I feel, well, a little disoriented. I also feel as if a weight of some kind has been lifted from me. I mean, if we can't do anything to beat him anymore, what's next?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Still Feeling Cranky

Cynthia Ruccia

Or maybe DEPRESSED is a better word for it. Whatever you want to call it, I am NOT HAPPY that I am facing another 4 years of Barack Obama as my president. My reasons for why I am feeling this way are not the most common reasons, but they are my reasons and I'm feeling what I'm feeling. My unhappiness with this man goes back to 2007--8 when he and his campaign used every single sexist tool at their disposal to vanquish Hillary Clinton, and then they turned around and used an even worst set of sexist tools against Sarah Palin. And if that wasn't bad enough, the machinery of the Democratic Party turned a blind eye to all of that and acted as if it never happened. Don't believe me? Well, check out the videos and the book by Anita Finley on the right column. There you will find all of the gory details for the record. People think they can revise history, but the true story has been written on that score.

Alot of folks have tired of this story line. They say---"Cynthia----get over it!!. There are many many more important things to be concerned with about our country than that. " Well I say "humph!!" to all of that. I believe that people do care about women getting ahead. But for some reason, it is a cause for many that is a stepchild, something that doesn't really deserve our full attention. It is a cause, this idea of women sharing the power equally in this country, that is always shifted to the back burner for "later," when other things aren't so urgent. Thing is, "later" never really arrives. And "later" will never arrive as long as women don't take matters into their own hands and use their determination to make this parity happen. And honestly, by taking care of our inequality problem, the bigger things will take care of themselves.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Note On Sore Winners

Cynthia Ruccia


I read this lovely article by Katherine Goldstein on Slate of all places yesterday. It is about how the gloating of the "liberals" as she put it over President Obama winning a second term has gotten completely out of hand. I totally agree with her, and I'd like to add my voice to the mix.

I was shocked to see it on Slate because in my opinion, Slate is part of the problem. Slate is still one of the publications that gave not only lopsided reporting when it came to the presidential candidates (and it did it in 2008 as well), but also gives free reign to all of the bullies. Just read all of the snarky comments on Goldstein's piece.

Friday, November 9, 2012

I Know Where Those MIA Voters Were from 2008

Cynthia Ruccia

Ok---so maybe I don't know for sure, but I want to make a call on it because right now there is alot of speculation about who those approximately 9 million voters who voted in 2008 but not in 2012 are. I'm especially interested in those 3 million or so who voted for McCain and not Romney.

There is alot of talk about those folks----maybe they didn't like Romney, Romney didn't connect with the base, Romney was too moderate, Romney was never a conservative, people don't trust Mormons, endless theories. They really go on and on. The thing is, those same arguments were made about McCain as well----to the letter except the Mormon stuff.

The most obvious reason NO ONE has mentioned. What's that?  Well, I'm guessing that McCain did better than Romney because HE HAD A WOMAN ON THE TICKET WITH HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Duh!!

For those of you who don't like Sarah Palin or think that she was a joke or whatever, please understand that Sarah Palin was an aspirational figure to many women anyways in spite of your own opinion of her. And you can put down her supporters as well, probably in a way using one of the most sexist of memes that leaves some of the ugliest of scars-------that her supporters were just a bunch of dumb women. If you go there in your mind, you miss something very very important that deserves respect. That missing ingredient? That there are women, lots of them, who are hungering for a woman president and vice president. There are many, and not just women, men too, who feel that the time has come to put a woman in the White House.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

So Where Do We Go From Here?

Cynthia Ruccia

Where to begin? I have spent my time since the presidential election on Tuesday going through a series of emotions and trying to figure out what's next. I spent yesterday (the day after) on the phone and on the blogs and on facebook, and just generally on the internet talking through what just happened with many folks trying to clear the air. I'm not someone who will go underground for long because I like action!! For me, whining, moaning and groaning has a limited purpose. It is a first line reaction to things I'm not happy about, but that type of emotional rendering gets boring to me after a while, and then it is time to do something to move on.

But there is no getting around it-------I have been laid low by the results of Tuesday. I am down and depressed. It's not so much that Romney lost and Obama won on the face of it that is generally eating at me. It was inevitable that one would win and one would lose. And having been a candidate myself three times, it is extremely intense to go full bore as one does in a campaign and then lose. It's not just the unfortunate feelings that go with losing. It is also the immediate impact of feeling like you have hit a brick wall going 2000 miles an hour and then there is only silence. It is hard to regain your equilibrium, and it takes time to get back to your life because your life will never be the same again.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I'm an Ohioan, I'm an Independent, and I Don't Care Who You Vote For For President!!

Cynthia Ruccia

Ok everyone------CALM DOWN!!!!   (myself included). This election has gotten everyone haggard, out of sorts, cranky, and even vile, nasty, abusive, and more. It is almost over, and I think we all need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and stop attacking each other. All of the tactics used by both sides of the campaign are being used to keep us pissed off and at each others throats and it is working magnificently. It is a tactic to keep the "base" corralled in place and voting their way. And in the process we are all acting like a bunch of loony crazies.

I'd like to remind everyone who follows this blog that once this election is completed, we will still have no female president or vice-president. We will still have 3.6% of CEO's of Fortune 1000 companies be female, we will still make only 77 cents on the man's dollar. As for the electoral stats, even the most optimistic of estimates gives women 20% of the U. S. Congressional makeup. I will be watching the Center For Women and Politics at Rutgers University website for updated stats, and although I am hoping for the best, who knows how our gender makeup will turn out this time? One thing I am certain of is that for the first time EVER, my U.S. Representative is likely to be a woman!!! How about that!!!!