Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences. -- Susan B. AnthonyIf you perhaps need refreshing about whether one of the greatest revolutionaries in our nation's history (Her Story, Susan B Anthony) had a right and the gravitas to authoritatively make such a declaration, I recommend visiting susanb.org.
Notably, Miss Anthony was a powerful voice in the suffragist and abolitionist movements.
If she was alive today, she would no doubt be leading the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
When I was a child, in grade school in Rochester, NY, I had the opportunity to visit the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum. Wish I could go again very soon.
Her story stirs my soul which longs for my female progeny to be fully endowed with the personal sovereignty and all the civil rights the US Constitution grants to all citizens of our great land.
And lest Herrod (Cathi) think this is only about abortion rights, just today, Teri Kanefield blogged about women's rights in light of the Jeffrey Epstein situation.
People are aghast, wondering how the GOP can approve of perverts and molesters.
I can tell you.
If you go back to America as it was before 1920, that stuff wasn’t illegal.
Trump & pals (among other things) are political reactionaries. They want to take us backwards. [...]
MAGA means take America back to the time when there were very few restrictions on white men.
They could grab land!
They could grab women!
Before the 13th Amendment, they could grab people and enslave them!
Before regulatory agencies, they could cheat!
Before laws against money laundering, they could get rich with stolen money! [actually, despite money laundering laws, there ARE ways around them]
Those were the days.
MAGA means back to the olden days when white men could grab whatever they wanted.
Grabbing women was particularly easy. In fact, rape (mostly) wasn’t even about the victim.
You see, for much of world history, rape was a property crime.
An unmarried girl was her father’s property. A married woman was her husband’s property.
If a virgin was raped, the property damage was to her father.
If she was married, the damage was to her husband.
If she wasn’t a virgin and wasn’t married, there was no crime, because the property was already damaged.
A man couldn’t rape his wife (his own property) and rape of enslaved women wasn’t a crime. Even after the Civil War, rape of a black woman wasn’t recognized. [...]
Through most of the 1800s, the age of consent for a girl was usually between 10 and 12.
Roy Moore and Jeffrey Epstein would have been within the law.
Young victims were generally vulnerable girls—poor, orphans, struggling to find food. A rich man who liked young girls had it made.
By about 1920, most states had raised the age of consent to between 16 and 18.
Epstein followed the pattern: He targeted girls as young as 13 who needed money. Many came from disadvantaged homes or foster care.
After becoming president, Trump said that “‘Our laws are so corrupt and stupid.”
For what he meant by “corrupt,” click here:
It’s clear what he meant by stupid.
Trump and pals [Dominionist anti-feminist Cathi Herrod is one of those pals] disregard the laws and regulations that they think are “stupid” and shouldn’t should exist.
They want to take us back to the days when men had freedom to grab.
“But they’re doing it! They’re rolling us backwards!”If you ever catch (or hear or read) Herrod claiming to be all for the health and well-being of women and girls of child-bearing age, DARE her to denounce Trump and his ilk. And mock her mercilessly if she refuses to so denounce.