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have always identified as a feminist, and always will

time magazine used to publish, every few years or so, an article entitled (with a great deal of hope, apparently) "is feminism dead?" to which my response has always been, "not so long as I draw breath"

I subscribe to rebecca west's view "feminism is the radical notion that women are people", or, as I have occasionally put it "feminism is the idea that women are entitled to all the sames rights, privileges and responsibilities as men."

I remember very clearly the day I became a feminist. I was about 5 or 6, and in the toy section of a department store at christmas time. there were rows and rows of things for boys, and only about two for girls--and most of the stuff was pink (a colour I despise to this day unless it is a flower) that pissed me off big time.

later, in school, as an "egghead", "brain" ,etc., I was basically shunned by classmates for not only having, but not hiding, my brain. the standard brainwashing that women of my generation got somehow never sank in with me. I didn't know, or care, that I was supposed to hide being smart, caring about things other than boys, etc. and, the older I got, the less inclined I was to play any sort of games.

I have worked for the ERA, for women's issues, been assaulted by the woman-hating anti-choicers, gotten death threats for working for choice, and used to believe that we would, in my lifetime, see a more equal world. Now I watch the reichwing fundies in their frenzy to destroy women, and wonder why we are still having to fight these battles in the 21st century. But I do not give up.

so, yes, I am, proudly, loudly, unabashedly, and unapologetically, a FEMINIST.

so, do we have bookmarks here? I have looked, and cannot find a way

to do so.

and, have we lost all our bookmarks from DU2??

"designing healthy communities"

right now, I am watching a four-part series on designing healthier communities--the first segment was talking about how suburban sprawl and the worship of the automobile is wreaking havoc with our health, and how "retrofitting suburbia" can help.

the current episode is called "rebuilding places of the heart", talking about communities--and I keep thinking about my particular community, which does indeed worship the car, and does not talk about quality of life, or places of the heart--here in fundieville, those concepts are completely unfamiliar.

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