2017-01-03

Time for 4th wave feminism



 I believe my send-off to 2015 a year ago was something along the lines of
'Fuck You!' so I am struggling to find the words for 2016... 'Don't let the door
hit you on the ass' just doesn't seem enough. I am known for my pessimism 
 and I have never been a good liar, so 2016: YOU SUCKED BALLS.
 But what's worse is, you laid the ground work for an absolutely horrendous 2017.

Do you guys remember the late 90's, when there was a terrifying and disgusting war
in Europe, a continent-wide economic crisis and sky high unemployment?
I graduated from senior high-school with the words 'Get out while you can!'
ringing in my ears. So I fled to London, started dating a hippie and made minimum wage,
and still I was much better off than most people in Europe - or the World - at that time.

We thought we had it bad. We were told no generation in Sweden had had worse
prospects since the second world war. But 20 years later; THIS! The back-lash, the hatred.
The amount of people just WAITING for this day, to fight back, to claim their superiority,
to destroy. The liberal millennials could never have imagined the fear and anger
that has been stewing... but wait, couldn't they have - and, couldn't we have?

Because haven't we all heard it, again and again? At the breakfast table,
then less frequently, at the Christmas table - but did it actually ever change?
If anything, my dad got worse, more right wing, with old age. And so did
many of his peers. We kind of hoped their opinions didn't matter in the grand
scheme of things, but they still get to vote - and there are so many of them.

Sweden has been considered one of the 5 most feminist countries in the world
for the last 100 years or so, but according to calculations we still have 200 years
to go before women's' salaries are equal to men's, at the rate we're going.
What does that say about equal rights in any form? It tells us we cannot stop fighting,
we cannot afford to be a complacent, trusting people. It tells us the people
in charge will always try to stay in charge, to abuse us, to keep us down.




Obviously I am not just talking about Sweden.
And I am not placing blame. If anything, I am accepting part of the blame.
And I am asking you all to pick up the torch once more, and to hold it high.




 





20 kommentarer:

  1. A period of progress is always followed by a period of backlash. That's just the dynamic of history. I agree that it is vitally important to be vigilant and actively protest and educate against the backlash period we are currently experiencing.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Agreed, it just seems like we have backlash after backlash, rather than backlash after progress :(

      Radera
  2. Resistance is mandatory. Diligence is necessary. We're in this together and we need to stand together. Sending love from across the pond as we await the inauguration of President Cheeto. Ugh.

    SvaraRadera
    Svar
    1. Sending love and sisterly strength right back! I have a small hope that you guys will throw the book at him as soon as he's in house, and that he will get kicked out rapidly.

      Radera
  3. I agree it's what we are lacking are strong female characters. I think with the death of people like Carrie Fisher I think it's going to inspire the resurgence of strong women. I remember having a chat with someone who was the educational coordinator, who said now days the tigress of her day and strong women all of disappeared.

    Last week, I when to see Rogue One, I saw little girl not dressed as a princess but as Rey. I noticed in a lot of Sci fi their seem to be more strong women protagonists.

    I grew up in 90's I don't recall the genocide of Bosnian and Kosovo. I think things have improved but there still along ways go. I know their still alot of sector in the UK where women are underpaid for doing the same wage as men. What I can't personally understand is why seem to made so much progress and seemed to of gone backwards. Why do we keep doing that.

    SvaraRadera
    Svar
    1. I don't know if we're seeing more strong female characters in film actually, Hollywood constantly seems to be at least 50 years behind the real world in its presentations. I think we may just notice it more when there is a strong female protagonist because it's still so rare. But I hope you are right, and things have certainly changed in the TV industry, so maybe one can hope the movie industry soon catches on.

      Radera
  4. I think people need to remember that we are all human. No one is better than anyone else. Men seem to think they own the world. They do not. The truth is, no one owns this world, we are simply brief passengers making way through our lives. What I don't understand is why women have been so content to let men be on top? Things should be equal.

    SvaraRadera
    Svar
    1. I don't think women have been content, we have been held down, punished, ridiculed, threatened, violated whenever we've tried to speak up - in private and in public. I do think that many women have settled into patriarchy and perpetuated it in fear of retaliation though.

      Radera
  5. I live feminism every day. I share homework with my boyfriend, I don't do simple wrk at work because I'm a women. I am loud, I am intelligent and I know my worth. I don't shut up when people talk badly about women or foreigners or anything I belive in. I discuss, I explain facts and I don't shut up just because someone is older or richer than me or has a penis. Last year a good song by the German band Jennifer Rostock came out, which deals with this issue. It's called "Hengstin" which translates to female stallion. If you speak German, check it out!

    SvaraRadera
    Svar
    1. I wish I did speak German, but alas. I am the same as you, I am ever vigilant, but it can be exhausting sometimes. Keep up the great work!

      Radera
  6. I'm holding my torch high and kicking ass!!

    SvaraRadera
    Svar
    1. Fabulous, it's so nice knowing one has ass-kicking sisters around the world! :)

      Radera
  7. It is terrifying! Stay strong!

    SvaraRadera
    Svar
    1. You too! I really hope all countries get to see some great changes this year, but it's probably a pipe dream.

      Radera
  8. Things definitely have taken a turn for the worse but I believe that most people are decent individuals who want a better world for everyone. I agree with you that this is not the time to give up but to get up and fight. Women will continue to be paid less than men until we start to speak up beginning with our own employers. It's a scary thing to do but it did worked for me once. I politely pointed out the salary discrepancy between me and another guy in my department to my boss, he wasn't happy with me and made some excuse about the guy having a family but I did eventually get a raise in pay. Things do change but not without a lot of work and patience. We can fix this mess!

    SvaraRadera
    Svar
    1. It's good to have hope, but I don't know if I agree that most people want what's best for everyone. Unfortunately I think people want what's best for themselves, and for the people on top, staying there is all that matters :(

      Radera
  9. Well said... and though Humanity is certainly on the Verge, let us Hope that we don't accept what isn't Right and continue to do the Right thing regardless of what must be endured to stand in solidarity for equality for all people. I think in fear many people default to wanting what's best for themselves rather than what's best for everyone which would take far more Work and Investment. I remember our Send Off Line at Graduation was 'Get Yours While There's Still Some Left'... ha ha ha... you made me recall those radical words from the dark ages... winks... clearly we didn't realize how much was still left to go around for quite a while longer, but it was turbulent times then too and we got thru it intact, mostly... Blessings and Love from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

    SvaraRadera
  10. If that's all you believe in,
    worshipping the whorizontal,
    you shall go down through no other
    fault but thy own sinfull ways.
    Yes, maam, I sin, too...
    yet, I have my sin forgiven by Jesus.
    Follow us.

    Dunno how important Seventh-Heaven
    is to you, earthling... yet, if we DO NOT strive for that, or Purgatory, you for one shall be condemned to the Abyss o'Misery after this existence finite. And I wanna make DAMM sure you're going Upstairs with me. So, follow along if Seventh-Heaven is #1 on your list; if not, I fear for your indelible soul, lil one. Why? Why should I care about the salvation of the human race? Yes, I was an NDE -AND- I saw the Celestial City from far away. Aint that Treason enuff, earthling?

    No, you DO NOT need to be a bro/nun living a cloistered life; however, what you must do is say these TWO things and totally mean them:

    You love Jesus?
    You love everyone else?
    If answered YES to both,
    you'll join this sinfull mortal Upstairs for the most wildchild experience for time without end.

    God bless your indelible soul.
    cya Upstairs someday...

    SvaraRadera
  11. If that's all you believe in,
    worshipping the whorizontal,
    you shall go down through no other
    fault but thy own sinfull ways.
    Yes, maam, I sin, too...
    yet, I have my sin forgiven by Jesus.
    Follow us.

    Dunno how important Seventh-Heaven
    is to you, earthling... yet, if we DO NOT strive for that, or Purgatory, you for one shall be condemned to the Abyss o'Misery after this existence finite. And I wanna make DAMM sure you're going Upstairs with me. So, follow along if Seventh-Heaven is #1 on your list; if not, I fear for your indelible soul, lil one. Why? Why should I care about the salvation of the human race? Yes, I was an NDE -AND- I saw the Celestial City from far away. Aint that Treason enuff, earthling?

    No, you DO NOT need to be a bro/nun living a cloistered life; however, what you must do is say these TWO things and totally mean them:

    You love Jesus?
    You love everyone else?
    If answered YES to both,
    you'll join this sinfull mortal Upstairs for the most wildchild experience for time without end.

    God bless your indelible soul.
    cya Upstairs someday...

    SvaraRadera

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