Feminism …

by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010
 The belief that women are and should be treated as potential intellectual equals and social equals to men. These people can be either male or female human beings, although the ideology is commonly (and perhaps falsely) associated mainly with women.The basic idea of Feminism revolves around the principle that just because human bodies are designed to perform certain procreative functions, biological elements need not dictate intellectual and social functions, capabilities, and rights.Feminism also, by its nature, embraces the belief that all people are entitled to freedom and liberty within reason–including equal civil rights–and that discrimination should not be made based on gender, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity, religion, culture, or lifestyle. Feminists–and all persons interested in civil equality and intellectuality–are dedicated to fighting the ignorance that says people are controlled by and limited to their biology.
Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender. However, you should still hold the door for a feminist; this is known as respect or politeness and need have nothing whatever to do with gender discrimination.
by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010

So, why did I go to urban dictionary for the definition of Feminism?

beaseedforchangestickersGREENI got my Cosmo in the mail and while the fashions are fun some gaudy others worthy of a second look or two most are out of my price and age range, but when I see hair and beauty products well now that is a whole different response entirely. As I was thumbing through one of many magazines, which is another bad habit, an article about feminism popped up and yes folks are questioning Beyoncé among others with headlines such as … “Can you be Sexy and a Feminist” or as Cosmo asks, “Can you be a Sexy Feminist? It was a quick read and in all honesty, I don’t spend a whole lot of my time dissecting labels, but I will say that being a feminist used to be defined as a woman who didn’t appreciate men some said they despised them.  Women were advised to always question the gender roles of men & women, demand equal access to education, hardcore feminists suggested being a companion, forget about being happily married least we acquiesce simply because we are women. I don’t subscribe to hating on men, I like men on several levels, that includes my dad, my kid’s father, my son and a couple of bosses’ who happened to be male.

As a side note on a political level, current Republican men are the bane of our(women) existence in my opinion.

  So, getting back to Feminism, when it comes to being an active participant in what seemingly is the opposite side of equality and justice for everyone.  I have to admit, I have danced to fabulous music that had one or more negatives like sexual assault, misogynistic and chauvinistic words. It’s definitely not something I  ever used to think about while dancing, and as an adult, I found it upsetting when what was being said became clear; generally, this kind of talk would get a whole different response if these words were being exchanged through a conversation. In this 21st Century, we do hear more Women with edgy lyrics and come to find out that a story or two based out of reality has come to light … so, the choice to listen and buy is up to you.

   However, it does appear that the word feminism and or being a feminist in this 21st society is ever-changing ever-evolving to being about a belief in equality and the rights of everyone in all its forms and genders. I see the urban dictionary as being a place not only run by a younger group of folks but who use it and research the “stuff” they post. I admit to not referring to the urban dictionary that much, but found the post in the process of searching what younger folks felt about the comments on who is or can be a feminist, it caught my eye.  As you read on, Cosmo asked stars like lady gaga, lana del rey and Taylor Swift just to name a few, but when Pharrell was asked he stated, “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be (a feminist). I’m a man, but I do support feminists.”

Anyway, an article worth reading in Cosmo September 2014

~~ Nativegrl77

What do you think? Is being a feminist gender specific?

The answer is yes 2020, as the root of feminism is fem being that of the female feminine persuasion so Pharrell among others probably used the definitions as their guide … though in this 21st Century and while we are in the era of trump … we need more


Impeachment: 30 Facts about the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

The Impeachment Trial of Andrew Johnson

Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

Fact 1: President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865 and Vice President Andrew Johnson assumed the role of President of the United States at the end of the Civil War, as the Reconstruction of the South was just beginning
 Fact 2: Andrew Johnson was a Southern Democrat and, as such, had sympathies with the Confederacy and granted pardons to ex-Confederates on a large scale. He was inexperienced, a stubborn man with little patience. The government consisted of many radical Republicans and before long the President and Congress were in conflict due to Reconstruction Policies.
Fact 3: The radical Republicans believed that the President was behaving too leniently towards the Southern states who were attempting to restore self-rule and passing state laws referred to as the Black Codes. At the end of 1865, just six months after the end of the Civil War Andrew Johnson declared the end of Reconstruction.

Fact 4: The radical Republicans were outraged and were determined to establish a Congressional Reconstruction. The Southern Democrat President and the radical Republicans were in direct conflict and on a collision course that would end with the Impeachment of the President.
Fact 5: The President further infuriated Congress by vetoing an extension to the Freedmen’s Bureau
Fact 6: Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866 overriding the President’s veto.
Fact 7: The radicals become more powerful by gaining a two-thirds margin in the 1866 Congressional elections
Fact 8: Congress develop plans for the reunification of the South which will be referred to as Congressional Reconstruction
Fact 9: Congress passed the first of the Reconstruction Acts, overriding the President’s veto, which gave them military and political control of the Southern states.
Fact 10: The President replaces several generals who command the 5 military districts established by the Reconstruction Acts

Fact 11: Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act on March 2, 1867, overriding the President’s veto, to limit the President’s powers and prevent him dismissing radical Republicans from office.
Fact 12: The Tenure of Office Act was also passed to stop the President interfering with the Congressional plans for Reconstruction
Fact 13: The Tenure of Office Act forbids the President to remove any federal office-holder appointed by at the Senate without the further approval of the Senate
Fact 14: The Tenure of Office Act also provides that the President’s cabinet should hold office for the full term of the President plus one month, subject to removal by the Senate
Fact 15: The President is furious regarding the Tenure of Office Act claiming it is unconstitutional
Fact 16: The President continues to oppose congressional policy, and insists on the removal of the radical Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, in defiance of the Tenure of Office Act .
Fact 17: Edwin Stanton, as Secretary of War, was an important member of the cabinet and a firm supporter of the radical Republicans
 Fact 18: Edwin Stanton was in open opposition to the policies of the President
Fact 19: Edwin Stanton refused to move and barricaded himself in his office claiming that the Tenure of Office Act protected him.
Fact 20: Congress supported Edwin Stanton’s claims asserting that by suspending Edwin Stanton and removing him from his cabinet without the consent of Congress, the President Johnson had breached the Tenure of Office Act.
Fact 21: Congress started Impeachment Proceedings against the President

Fact 22: Impeachment is a criminal proceeding against a public official requiring formal documentation and Articles of impeachment
Fact 23: It is the right of the House of Representatives to impeach. It is the right of the Senate to try and determine impeachments.
Fact 24: Constitution: The Constitution of the United States refers to the process of Impeachment in Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution.
Fact 25: On Monday, February 24, 1868, the House of Representatives resolved to impeach Andrew Johnson of high crimes and misdemeanors
Fact 26: On Monday the March 2, 1868, eleven articles of impeachment were agreed by the House of Representatives.
Fact 27: On March 2, 1868 the Articles of Impeachment were presented to the Senate and the grand inquest of the nation is set to begin

Fact 28: March 30, 1868: The impeachment trial of Johnson begins in the Senate

Fact 29: May 16, 1868: The Senate voted on the 11th Article of Impeachment and is one vote short of the 2/3 majority needed to impeach the President

 Fact 30: May 26, 1868: The final vote was taken in the Senate on the second and third Articles of Impeachment and Johnson was again acquitted. The Impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson is over.