When you pop on social while inline for your vaccine or a boring meeting, are you afraid you might get trolled? Are you worried what harassers might appear simply because you stated your need for safety or condemned violence? Do you hesitate before hitting send on a post you know might light up your feed?
Online safety is as important as safety IRL, and for women, increasingly hard to come by. Death threats and sexual DMs are bad, but often the “minor” things men say online that fly just under the radar (for other men) are worse.
Language is subtle…
I may regret this rant but that’s yet to stop me from expressing my views on the patriarchy. This approach may anger my fellow liberals and feminists. I am after all questioning a tiny move in the right direction and on Biden’s 5th day. Yet, it is our duty as citizens to disentangle “performance” from “action.”
As the headline below reads, the army loosened its grooming rules for women. So what? Are we supposed to cheer and be grateful?
This headline left me more than a bit vexed. My brow was deeply furrowed, (well as much as my Botox-for-migraine-filled forehead…
I remember things from my early childhood from about adult chest height down. So it checks out that my memories of Temple (we didn’t call it synagogue or shul) would be mostly 3’ or lower from the ground.
“Our culture is powerfully shaped by the publishers of history books and the compendiums of debate and rhetoric, the creators of podcasts, the magazine editors who come up with the “10 best” lists, the conference organizers, the award givers, and all the other gatekeepers of our culture and shapers of our heritage.” — Dana Rubin
Like me, Dana is a fierce gender equality advocate, (and from my childhood stomping ground, Westchester County).
Back in 2019, 2 weeks…
“You are the sky. Everything else — it’s just the weather.”
After the first Portland protests, I wrote a piece about Portland and Kristallnacht; I didn’t publish it. Sounding the alarms of the GOP’s Nazi playbook felt alarmist.
What earlier felt dramatic, today feels 100% justified. One night on Twitter, I see I’m not alone. Other Jews have bags packed. The yentas, my Portland Jew-crew, are each freaking out in their own lovingly-neurotic way.
In May I wrote about Jewish White Privilege, confidently saying “they aren’t coming for us, yet”. On Yom Kippur, I repeated those words like…
For the first time in months, I woke up Sunday feeling refreshed, cautiously optimistic. You too?
My optimism comes in waves; things remain tenuous. But texting friends during the 2020 Election acceptance speeches, there was a shift. Their speeches, clearly, touched a nerve. After months of anticipation, we ugly cried tears of utter exhaustion.
America was aching for Auntie K’s clear, practical, thoughtful, and kind leadership. We were desperate for Grandpa Joe to tell us: “It’s going to be ok, America. We are going to get through this, together.” …
Democrats, liberals, colleagues, voters: Pull up a chair. Portland friends: Grab a microbrew or kombucha or something. This is about to get awkward but there’s something you need to hear. Before you close this window or cancel me, please, listen with an open heart and mind.
I’m just your typical “radical-left” Portland resident and New York transplant (’02 baby!). I’m a registered Democrat, a white Jewish woman, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a partner, a mom, a yogi, an artist, and a writer. As a result of this combo, a decidedly pushy, liberal Oregonian.
I drink La Croix and jasmine tea…
But who is Teressa L. Raiford? Is TLR really qualified to manage people and budgets? But didn’t she lose the primary and Sarah’s on the ballot? She doesn’t even want the job, right? Why didn’t she campaign? Why don’t I know more about her?
I will lay them out, but before I do, I ask: Who do you really think will make this city better and fix this mess; not just who is the “lesser of two evils.”
The below message (in essence) was approved by the write-in campaign; Teressa’s response to the 1st draft:
“If you don’t vote, you don’t exist.” — Gloria Steinem
American freedoms have yet to be universal. As benefactors of the patriarchy, white women have contributed to the persistence of white supremacy. We have aided in the oppression of others for several hundred years. This country was not created in our image; white women worshipped it anyway.
Discriminatory practices persist like the layer of mycelium over our planet, touching everything. Antiquated racist and sexist policies stand. If the patriarchy is the microbial layer, racism is the earth’s core.
100 years ago, Black women suffragists fought for us all to exist…
As a social entrepreneur, I truly believe in People and Planet over profit. I see every “issue” as a “Future of Work” issue. Anything that affects a whole society is intersectional, especially this Global Pandemic. We need to stop the bleeding of natural resources and exploitation of marginalized people if we want a future at all. Without a planet, there is no “Great reset”.
In Portland, Oregon, working with other mission-driven leaders, coronavirus has had lasting impacts on local businesses. Startups that were barely able to bootstrap before the pandemic, have less cushion than ever before.
If I’ve learned anything…