In front of our mirrors
Bravo to Mary Carey for sharing her epiphany about how women are so lopsidedly judged on appearance versus their other attributes and accomplishments (DN, nando.com/1km).
This, I believe, is an epiphany that all thinking women come to eventually. However, since feminists, philosophers, artists, and social critics have been commenting for centuries on this phenomenon — of women as objects rather than subjects — why are so many of us left to discover this truth on our own?
Sadly, powerful social pressure continues today to keep women standing in front of their mirrors wringing their hands. Many women still don’t get this until they start to approach their “attractiveness expiration date”.
Surely schools aren’t still whitewashing the oppression and objectification women? Granted, it has been a long time since I was a school girl, but in the public high school I attended in the late Sixties, we weren’t allowed to take shop, were forced to take home economics, and history was still taught solely from the perspective of the victors. I say no girl should be let out of middle school without a good grounding in women’s history, including the fact that for much of history, women’s appearance was a key factor in their value as property. There is no reason every 14-year-old girl shouldn’t be able to answer some of the rhetorical and not-so-rhetorical questions posed by Mary Carey.
Regarding “Mayor proposes buying condos to bring affordable housing downtown” (DN, nando.com/1nw)
Why NOT create affordable housing through our zoning laws? This is not an impossible thing. We certainly need more than four families living in affordable housing in downtown Durham.
GOP nailing it
Each day, when I receive my News & Observer, I turn to the People’s Forum first. And, each week, I see more readers complaining about some issue with our Republican legislators.
There seems to be a new issue every week: attacks on voters rights, initial leniency shown to the Duke Energy coal-ash spills, refusal to subsidize clean-energy programs, the tax shift to the poor and elderly, cuts to education, ag-gag ruling, ruling to concealed weapons law. Notice I didn't even include Medicaid extension.
Needless to say, the public gets more and more unhappy with the nonsense legislation that lawmakers put in place. I’ll borrow a line from a Mel Gibson movie, “The Edge of Tomorrow,” where Mel is dressing down a senator. Come the 2016 general election, voters are going to need to decide “whether to side with the ones being nailed to the cross, or the ones banging in the nails.” It's quite obvious where our legislators stand.
Regarding “Jazz joint hits the right notes downtown” (DN, nando.com/1m1)
Super article! Thanks for writing it, and thanks to the folks at The Blue Note Grill for all they do for Durham and the blues. What a great place and time to be downtown and Durm.
Debra Billieux Hawkins
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