Why is all of this coming out now? #metoo , marches, debate..

Why is all of this upheaval coming out now? Well it isn’t recent.

Progress is messy.

Inequity marches and cultural adaptation today is only possible because of the institutional change that has taken place over since 20thc. The movements for suffrage, civil rights, reproductive rights, and rights and protections for women in the workplace have given us a world that is unrecognizable from our ancestors. Women can vote, own property, enter college or career. women can choose decide whether to have sex and with whomever. People can even sue and collect damages for workplace sexual harassment. Torment and oppression like trafficking still exist but only one hundred years ago many things we consider rights were not options.

we are part of a living history and perhaps within another social revolution? Maybe I won’t see a better justice for women and other marginalized groups but something is happening so far without bloodshed. That has to be somewhat encouraging.

This cycle of cultural change is part of the trend to seek equal rights. We may be politically cynical but laws we pass effect our society in multiple ways. Like the culture of schools for everyone and where we once accepted caning and now would be horrified, women’s rights is a sector of change. Progress is a stumbling slow and frustrating; however our impatience is expressed, men and women need to strive optimistically for our children. Our great grandmothers marched as suffragettes and our daughters march today. Men are being shamed but growth will not be advanced without seeking change that embraces love for all. We all sin. We all are flawed and stumble through hardships. I know many fathers who are broken by harm experienced by their sisters, daughters, and partners. Fighting injustice not gender is required. Righteousness has no gender or colour. Life lessons are learned with vision and hardship. Perfect civility will never be an earthly reality but the will to try is better than the alternative.

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Women March-climbing obstacles a legacy

https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/women-s-marches-underway-in-canadian-cities-a-year-after-trump-inauguration-1.3768173?hootPostID=7fb386910436f8d1a9b53f754bc9eff5Women worldwide are demo 1yr of solidarity since DT. Ppl r convinced Trump is misogynist & harmful. Clearly he isn’t only enemy but also centuries of injustice. We all know from education, sports or business, women can achieve many things as any man. Body size does not limit the power of will or the focus of the mind. Women have shucked their skirts for pants and climbed mountains for centuries. Old myths of the weaker sex is indeed old, foolish notions. It’s time women should be able to attempt their dreams without the risk of harassment or violence. It’s 2018 for goodness sake. Sexuality needs to be about love not weaponized! Sex should be always consensual and not about power. Masculinity , like femininity is not about anatomy. Men need to stand strong in the defense of all women. Freedom and safety is a human right. Everyone’s lives would be so enriched if we embrace this overdue goal. -Al Smith(N.Smith)

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“Women’s Marches Underway in Canadian Cities, a Year after Trump Inauguration.” CTVNews. Online. 20 Jan. 2018. Web. 20 Jan. 2018.

Jones, Susanna. “For the Female Mountaineering Pioneers, It Was an Uphill Struggle.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 26 Mar. 2012. Web. 20 Jan. 2018. ( https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/mar/26/female-mountaineering-pioneers-uphill-struggle )

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She would have had comments for 2017

I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.”

“Stare at me in this faceless way, go mad with desire, and rip my clothes off. It’s terrific. In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.”

“[Hollywood] is a very male business, and it has in vast portions of it — the whole action movie part of it might as well be the United States Army in 1943 in that the ethics of it are, you know, boot camp and action movies and guns and explosions and all the rest of it, and that – so that means that about 50 percent of the business is not only pretty much closed off to women, but women don’t even wanna be in it!”

“[A successful parent is one] who raises a child who grows up and is able to pay for his or her own psychoanalysis.”

-Nora Ephron, screenwriter/director

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Just remember… gonna serve somebody

You may be an ambassador to England or France

You may like to gamble, you might like to dance

You may be the heavyweight champion of the world

You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes

Indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You might be a rock ‘n’ roll addict prancing on the stage

You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage

You may be a business man or some high-degree thief

They may call you doctor or they may call you chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are

You’re gonna have to serve somebody

Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk

You may be the head of some big TV network

You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame

You may be living in another country under another name

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are

You’re gonna have to serve somebody

Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a construction worker working on a home

You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome

You might own guns and you might even own tanks

You might be somebody’s landlord, you might even own banks

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes

You’re gonna have to serve somebody

Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride

You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side

You may be workin’ in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair

You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes

You’re gonna have to serve somebody

Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk

Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk

You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread

You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes

Indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy

You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy

You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray

You may call me anything but no matter what you say

Still, you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes

You’re gonna have to serve somebody

Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

——– Listen:

Songwriters: Bob Dylan

Gotta Serve Somebody lyrics © Bob Dylan Music Obo Special Rider Music

Songwriters: Bob Dylan

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Inside Bell’s Push To End Net Neutrality In Canada

http://www.canadalandshow.com/bell-pushing-end-to-net-neutrality-in-canada/

“…Alan, we’ve just learned Bell Canada has made another radical attempt to censor your Internet, and begin the attack on Net Neutrality here in Canada.1

Bell’s latest scheme is to pressure the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) into creating a new agency to lead the charge on website blocking and censorship. This is an attack on our freedom, and will trample on the rights of Canadian Internet users.2

This isn’t Bell’s first pitch for censorship powers. They already tried this at the NAFTA negotiations, and now they’re taking it to the CRTC. If they fail there? They’ll take it to the government, and anyone else who will listen…”( OpenMedia)

https://openmedia.org/en/what-net-neutrality-why-it-matters-you

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‘Their report cards are a lie’ – Kelowna News – Castanet.net

Private schools are under the same pressure as public schools to produce results any parent would like to see. The report cards are a typical crux because everyone wants performance to be high regardless of the child’s situation. Private schools have routinely been caught fudging because parents think tuition entitled them to high grades. It’s like investors who pay high fees and expect higher returns. Sometimes they cheat to make people happy. Ironically BC public school kids perform very well in international tests like PISA despite larger classes & large numbers of disabled kids. When ‘union’ tchrs try to raise issues with report cards they have been harassed by Fraser Institute etc… experience tells me BC parents pay extra money, despite being subsidized , because they think their kids are getting better Service but facts rarely indicate as much. 🙂

On Fri, Nov 24, 2017

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/212256/Their-report-cards-are-a-lie

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Why are corporations undermining public education? – Salon.com

GL: I think part of what the of the agenda of the corporate elite for preventing political backlash is to ignite something like a revolution of falling expectations. So if I my daughter is in a class with 37 kids, which my daughter is, at least it’s not 45. Or they only have music and art nine weeks a year but at least they still have it nine weeks a year. I don’t have comprehensive health insurance—I only have catastrophic health insurance. But at least I have catastrophic health insurance and for now I’m ok. I don’t have any paid vacation but I have a job and I’ll have some time off between this job and my other job… The more we ratchet down our expectations of what we think we have a right to expect, the more we normalize downward mobility…(Salon)

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