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The Lost Future

You’ve probably all seen this by now, but if not, go check it out. I’ll wait.

Misogynistic politician is misogynistic!

I was born in 1969, brought up by idealistic, intellectual hippie parents who fought for  women’s rights and thought they’d won. They taught me that girls and boys are equal and I could grow up to be anything I wanted. That I had the right to do whatever I wanted with my body and my mind. That I could love anyone I chose, or be alone if I chose. That I was born free, just like the sappy song my dad used to play for me on his guitar.

As a kid, I was an avid reader of science fiction and imagined the future would be this wondrous, enlightened utopia of science and reason. We all would wear togas and Lucite sandals. We’d zip around in our flying cars and meet up with our brainy friends to discuss complex and exciting new scientific concepts over protein pill lunches. Equality for all would be a given and we would laugh and shake our enlightened heads over how silly our caveman ancestors used to be about things like genitals, skin color or sexual orientation.

Obviously, that’s not what happened.

How is it that, decades later, long past the iconic year 2000, a basic human right like a woman’s control over her own body is still up for debate? How is it that the most irrational and hateful branches of religion are still alive and kicking while science is increasingly under funded and marginalized? And where’s my fucking flying car?

All jokes aside, I can’t help but feel a kind of hate fatigue, wading through the deluge of misogyny and willful ignorance that seems to fill the interwebs these days. I want to be angry, but most of the time I just feel numb and disgusted. I feel like the Marching Morons are winning.

What do you think? Will we as a society ever move past this superstitious pussy-hatin’ ass-backwards kind of thinking or are rational, compassionate people the ones that will end up loaded into boxcars on the old Dodo Express?



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Aug. 20th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
It is indeed scary. My hope is like in the past when things become so imbalanced, we all come together to push the hate back. That is my hope... but yeah, I don't get why it is happening now, for woman's rights or gay rights.
Aug. 20th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Oh yes. I remember when, about a decade ago, the pills starting coming out, one could "take 9-12 pills a day and get all the nutrition one could hope for, based on science coming right out of N.A.S.A." Turned out not to be true, anymore than Power Bars are a food substitute, but I remember thinking we were headed towards a Ray Bradbury world.

In many ways, I think we still are, only with a sidestep into what Heinlein called "The Crazy Years".
Akins isn't just a little mistaken, his understanding of biology is entirely wrong. That he uses this to to explain a soundbite philosophy to promote public policy, was his simply speaking to a rabid sub-set of voters, who send checks. His apology doesn't address his philosophy, the underpinnings of his understandings, or how he arrived at his misunderstandings, how we came to misspeak. He simply "sympathizes".

Very noir: He's a horrible person, he's just said so with all directness, and hopes to dissuade people from holding it against him, while rallying a percentage of the population sure to arrive at the polls.

We'll get through this. No civics teacher, no sex ed teacher, no biology teacher would support his statements, so I believe, science non-fiction, will win out.

I think, they're losing, at an accelerated rate, and so they will say more and more extreme things, so it's going to be the Crazy Years in our lifetime. Utopia? Apocalypse?
I don't know, but we can vet apocryphal, like this, and we are. I hope Akins loses in the upcoming election, and by a wide margin, but then, I'd like to see the majority in Congress be women. Certainly, they could do no worse.

Kemo Sabe
Aug. 20th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
When I have a choice I always vote for the female.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Even if it's a Sarah Palin type?
Feb. 19th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Re: ?
Eric J Peterson
Aug. 20th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
to move forward
the generation that has been holding on to power past their rightful 25 or so years needs to move on. That's the way that it works, one generation moves things forward, the next carries it even further.

I hear you on the hate fatigue, and I think the only solace I find is that posts like yours let me know that it's not just me that is feeling these things...
Kemo Sabe
Aug. 20th, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
Re: to move forward
The generations move on Eric but not before contaminating their children'd minds. Some shake it off and others repeat their parent's mistakes.
Kemo Sabe
Aug. 20th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Women's rights
Your parents taught you a dream and this dream has to be won. The warped minded will never be obliterated. You have to gather your forces and fight the bastards tooth and nail. They have to learn that they can be whatever they want but have to leave the rest of us alone. The beat goes on, Faustfatale. Women like yourself have to keep stepping up to the plate and demanding control. Women are superior and have to assert their willpower to lead us out of this religious quagmire.
Feb. 19th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
It's religion, Christa, as long as women do not fight and expose it for the idiocy and female hating dogma that it is, the longer it will be used to keep women in their place.
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