July! Amazing isn’t it? Here in Portland it feels like late August, and while I write this I have zucchini bread in the oven and plans to harvest a bunch of onions to get those lovelies pickled. Who cans on July 3rd beyond jam? It is weird.
Anyhoo…here’s some interesting stuff I thought I’d share this week:
* “I will never allow another human being to make me feel inferior because they are uncomfortable with what I have to say. I’ll just talk louder. ” Kathryn Richter wrote a great post about the online trolling that happened to her when a Reddit page with, get this, over 150K followers, repeatedly and viciously fat shamed, bullied, and degraded her in a million different ways after she proudly posted a photo of her curvy self in a swimsuit. Our society embarrasses me. I see this every.single.day on the internet.
* Love reading about Ethiopia’s wind farm projects, with the largest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa being built to make a much more environmentally friendly energy resource compared to hydroelectric.
* In the heat, I don’t always want to go stand over the grill outside but don’t want to be stuck eating cold food the whole time. Here’s how to microwave salmon. It’s very, very good, and very, very fast!
* Water privatization continues, and it is a bad, bad thing. Utne Reader explores what’s happening with public utilities and how water grabs are affecting farmers, public health, and the community at large.
* Check out the eco-awesomeness in Yolo Colorhouse paint, which we picked up at the Green Depot the other day to use to paint our bathroom. The tile is being grouted as we speak, the toilet and sink are in, and the shower doors go up today, so by Sunday we can finally shower in our own home (after 2 full weeks without, yikes!), prime/paint the walls, and install the towel rack and toothbrush holder (a splurge, hahaha). Yayyyy!
* Learned recently that a major ingredient in Preparation H comes from sharks found in the deepest, coldest waters of our oceans. Yes, sharks harvested for their liver, to be specific, to be used for hemhorroids. How totally messed up.
* I am a huge supporter of transgender rights, yet I have also found much to be applauded when it comes to the concept of a third gender. After Caitlyn Jenner’s cover on Vanity Fair and her talking so much about wanting to do her nails and wear dresses and to finally be more emotional and sensitive, something just felt off. And hearing recently that So when I read Elinor Burkett’s What Makes a Woman?, I realized I was not the only one to think that hey, maybe we’re looking at this in too narrow of a slant. Because, as Burkett says:
For me and many women, feminist and otherwise, one of the difficult parts of witnessing and wanting to rally behind the movement for transgender rights is the language that a growing number of trans individuals insist on, the notions of femininity that they’re articulating, and their disregard for the fact that being a woman means having accrued certain experiences, endured certain indignities and relished certain courtesies in a culture that reacted to you as one.
This rung so true to me especially in a day and age where many transgender women in the media are dictating what it is to be a woman, rather than those born with the XX chromosome and related physical characteristics. Burkett continues, “As the movement becomes mainstream, it’s growing harder to avoid asking pointed questions about the frequent attacks by some trans leaders on women’s right to define ourselves, our discourse and our bodies…It’s demanding that women reconceptualize ourselves.”
And with that, it reminds me of a recent conversation with my husband whose coworker passed around a memo to all employees saying that because she didn’t identify as male or female, that from here on out she was to be referred to as “they”. And here’s the thing, I fully am not ashamed to admit that I rolled my eyes. Fellow human, I think we should still be using correct grammar when referring to you in the third person.
As I told my husband, there just needs to be a NEW pronoun to define a gender-neutral person – not taking a plural word. Everyone has gone through a unique struggle, a unique battle, a unique experience. I might change my mind on this, but if I don’t express my concerns and ask those questions, how can we ever truly have a discussion on this?
This has to be discussed out loud, and with respect for ALL genders involved. I watch Caitlyn Jenner and do see many aspects of being a woman as she is now getting fully evaluated by Mario Lopez on Extra! for what she is wearing and showing some leg, rather than what’s on her mind. I can’t say that I’m jumping up and down.
It will be an interesting journey for everyone of all genders, and yet while we now have SCOTUS voting for the right to marry, we still haven’t fully ratified the Equal Rights Amendment.
Women, biological or transgendered, ultimately, are still losing when it comes to equity.