I am obviously doing more thinking than usual today…might have something to do with the 4 cups of coffee I had this morning after waking up at 4 am to chase raccoons off my roof and back lawn. Exercise that early is not natural I tell ya!
Anyway, I was thinking back to when things were different and I had to put up with my butt being slapped, pinched and groped by strangers, my boobs being grabbed as I walked down the hall at school and other parts being groped in public, and there was nothing I could do about it because, “it’s just boys being boys.” In college, I found myself trapped in a backstage prop room by one of my teachers who proceeded to try to have his way with me until I punched him in the nose and almost broke it. At the bank where I worked I was subjected to all kinds of unwelcome passes by men who worked there…some of them married. No I didn’t flirt, I didn’t dress inappropriately, I was simply female and attractive enough to draw attention. It happened to most women I knew and we were pretty powerless to stop it.
Fast forward to today. Things are much better than they were. I have more rights than I did, and yet, I am still not considered a full citizen of this country. Never mind that I am a 2 business owner and have never been on the government dole and have always paid my taxes. As a woman,I know that women don’t get equal pay. They miss out on jobs, simply because they are female even though there are laws against that. Men still treat me differently than they would a man in many of my daily interactions. Sometimes I still have to fight to be heard or to get the best price for a service. Most men don’t realize what it was like back then for women and what, in some ways, it is still like today. I talk to and socialize with people from all walks of life in America through my businesses and other online interactions. Meeting people from different walks of life interests me and I have met some really nice people. One thing though I have noticed is there is still a huge population of men who really think women are lesser creatures. They think nothing of saying things to me that are inappropriate and unwelcome. They will brush off things I say as being insignificant or make fun of it. It takes me right back to the way things were in the 20th century and it makes me both sad and angry.
So what’s my point? Well some women are saying they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, “just because she’s a woman”. I agree with that. No one should vote or not vote for someone just because of their gender. But I do want to say to these women, think. Just think of what it took for Hillary Clinton to get where she is today. Think of what she has to go through on a daily basis in order to do her job. Think about the strength it takes, the patience and the forbearance and BRAINS it takes to do her job. Then think about all the losers out there, men and women, who have nothing better to do than slander, attack her and spread vicious lies about her. Those raccoons? They are not really what keeps me up at night….