I continue to be amazed that week by week the news is filled with what might be considered an excessive amount of mounting incredulity that covers not only political stories, but those that have revealed the depth of the underbelly of celebrity and power mongers . These are men who have taken any semblance of our core values and destroyed them at the cost of perpetuating lies to save themselves. It becomes a matter of don’t believe what you see, believe what I say. Like a shell game, while you are watching and following one story, another one emerges that distracts you from what you thought you heard. I go from a slow simmer to a raging boil.
My FHB and I recently received a card from a very special friend that said “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINIST”. It is not a funny card. It is a statement that resonated with us both. The concept of feminism does not still just belong to women, but is a belief that all can embrace, that essentially acknowledges that all people should be regarded with equal value. Why wouldn’t this be something that all people recognize as the right thing to do. The women who have stepped forward in the recent weeks to acknowledge the degradation that they have experienced by men who lauded social, economic , sexual and physical power over them for no reason except that they felt it was their “right” have given a louder voice to others to step out of the shadows of shame and shift the blame to where it belongs.
I am blessed to be surrounded by men of character, kindness, dignity who value all people, and who know what it means to love and respect others. My FHB is man of moral strength and kindness toward others. He is outraged at the men in powerful roles, who could have the ability to make changes to our social landscape but choose to create a revisionist history to save their sorry asses and deny the truth. He was always privy to my own personal history and challenges, and when I typed #metoo this week, it was felt in his heart with sadness and frustration.
We have grandaughters who have their lives to look forward to in this world, and we wonder what will be the outgrowth of this current scandalous period in history. The innocence of childhood should not be filled with anxiety and shame and the possibility of harm. We can only shelter in place for so long before there are going to be questions. I want to be able to give good answers that tell the real story of how we the people saved the world and we did it all together and we got rid of the bad guys because they didn’t have a place anymore in this world.