Let’s rise up

I am very fortunate that among my male friends, there are very few misogynists, few who believe men are superior to women, or that women were put on this earth to be the playthings of men. Our friend Keith is among the most open-minded, fair men I know, and his post from two days ago is proof. As Keith points out, women are tired … of many things. And as he urges us … our vote must speak of our thoughts, of our tiredness, or our mindset. Thank you, Keith, for this caring post!


A terrific singer named Andra Day provided an anthem for women, but also forward thinking men as well. It is called “I’ll rise up.” Here is the final chorus which says let’s all rise up.

“Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousands times again
And we’ll rise up
Rise like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up.”

There has been a building crescendo worldwide, but especially here in the US, to say women matter. Women are tired of being taken advantage of by sexual predators, violent and controlling partners and men in power telling them what they can do with their bodies. Women are tired of people ignoring or demeaning them when they complain or accuse a violator. Women are tired of kitchen table issues like equal pay and healthcare gettimg ignored. Women are…

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6 thoughts on “Let’s rise up

  1. “When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. When women are oppressed, it’s tradition.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin. I am probably considered part of Second-Wave Feminism. My daughters are more of the Liberal Feminism thinking, so they have told me…a more individualistic form. The oldest daughter is active on behalf of women’s right and interests. However we approach our Feminism, we must make our voices heard at the ballot box. Thank-you for the re-blog of a Gentleman’s thinking…also, enjoyed reading the comments and Keith’s responses. Total aside here…I thought the song title sounded familiar, so Googled Andra Day and listened. I had heard it, but by Morissette Amon. I thought it was written by Morissette, she has a lovely voice.

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    • That quote is very apt, isn’t it? Just when we thought things had changed for the better, we have a ‘leader’ trying to set them back 100 years or more. Like you, I am not an all-out feminist, and I still enjoy the little courtesies like a man opening a door or pulling out a chair for me. But, when it comes to equality in the work place, housing, economics, or society in general … my voice is just as loud as any man’s and my rights just as important. We are not second-class citizens put on earth solely for men to do with as they wish! The #MeToo movement has opened my eyes to the fact that male dominance never really went away, it’s just been kept hidden. Bigotry in all its forms is such an ugly thing. Sigh.


  2. Dear Jill,

    I have a feeling that on Nov. 6, the GOP lawmakers will know that ignoring, discounting, sidelining, patronizing, interrupting. talking over women are not a smart moves. Those GOP old goats are about to be taught a lesson that is way overdue.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I am finally starting to believe it will happen! It’s good to see this energy, this momentum. And I wish I could be there to see the looks on the faces of the Grumpy Old Perverts when the results are called, state by state!

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  3. It’s time omen started believing in themselves and letting the numbers count. Only women, or perhaps just a majority of women should be debating women’s issues especially where their bodies are being discussed. If women then decide that a misogynistic group of men following an evangelistic religion should have control of women’s bodies then so be it. I don’t think it’s right but your votes can make it clear.

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    • I think we’re pretty sick and tired of being told what to do by that group of misogynistic, evangelical, self-serving men, and I am finally beginning to feel encouraged about the mid-terms, for the women have had enough and they are on the move! Love it!

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