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In Memoriam. Carol Channing. A Different Look.

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      [Women's History]

      Like many, I awoke this morning to the sad news of the passing of famed actress Carol Channing, unlike I presume most, I was immediately halted by the thought "am I losing my mind, I thought she'd been dead (in my cultural dialect)". Afterwards I went on with the day, forgetting about this mornings notice. Then an image called to me, read this, and I clicked on the caption that accompanied it. There I read a telling of the famed actresses late in life admission/revelation, a secret not known about her in her prime days. Her family tree has a branch out of Africa. Her dad's mother was a black woman.

      Carol: Sorry you had to keep your secret buried for most of your days. You shouldn't have had to. But, in the times you grew up ...you were just one of many who "passed", lived with a certain denial about certain things. Unlike you most of those who successfully passed, and never bore a dark child, died without ever telling. At the least you finally did share your truth. RIP

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      Baby Boomer Women Who Experienced The ERA Movement First Hand -

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          as I did and millenial women too - be sure and bear wtiness to last night's episode of We'll Meet Again, narrated by Ann Curry on PBS.

          My husband and I sat down to watch this - not knowing the subject of last night's show was dedicated to two Women's Rights champions. Be sure and have kleenex at the ready. Witnessing this is like immersing myself back in my own independent college experiences again - in the 70's. STANDING OVATION to these two rights champions. And thanks. They weren't about to be told NO. One woman literally put her life on the line for her belief in EQUAL RIGHTS. They both refused to accept the word NO on all of our behalf.

          Grateful. Soooo grateful.

          https://www.pbs.org/video/the-fight-for-womens-rig...

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          A WOMAN'S RIGHTS. Women Treated As Less Than A Fetus

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              More and more laws are treating a fetus as a person, and a woman as less of one,
              as states charge pregnant women with crimes

              New York Times. DEC. 28, 2018

              You might be surprised to learn that in the United States a woman coping with the heartbreak of losing her pregnancy might also find herself facing jail time. Say she got in a car accident in New York or gave birth to a stillborn in Indiana: In such cases, women have been charged with manslaughter.

              In fact, a fetus need not die for the state to charge a pregnant woman with a crime. Women who fell down the stairs, who ate a poppy seed bagel and failed a drug test or who took legal drugs during pregnancy — drugs prescribed by their doctors — all have been accused of endangering their children.

              Today, at least 38 states and the federal government have so-called fetal homicide laws, which treat the fetus as a potential crime victim separate and apart from the woman who carries it.

              The following are all charges that have caused indictment of women.

              FETAL ASSAULT---DEPRAVED HEART MURDER---DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE---CHEMICAL ENDANGERMENT OF A FETUS---MANSLAUGHTER---SECOND-DEGREE MURDER---FETICIDE---CHILD ABUSE---RECKLESS INJURY TO A CHILD---CONCEALING A BIRTH---CONCEALING A DEATH---ABUSE OF A CORPSE---NEGLECT OF A MINOR---ATTEMPTED PROCUREMENT OF A MISCARRIAGE---RECKLESS HOMICIDE

              There have been several hundreds of these charges which are indicative of a "relatively new concept" - that a fetus has the same (or more) rights than a completely formed, breathing person. This concept has been inching its way into Right Wing states' governments, and has caused certain groups to embrace laws that take rights from women to give them to a cluster of cells.

              This idea has now worked its way into federal and state regulations and the thinking of police officers and prosecutors. As it has done so, it’s begun not only to extend rights to clusters of cells that have not yet developed into viable human beings, but also to erode the existing rights of a particular class of people — women. Women who are pregnant have found themselves stripped of the right to consent to surgery, the right to receive treatment for a medical condition and even something as basic as the freedom to hold a baby in the moments after birth.

              How the idea of fetal rights gained currency is a story of social reaction — to the Roe decision and, more broadly, to a perceived new permissiveness in the 1970s — combined with a determined, sophisticated campaign by the anti-abortion movement to affirm the notion of fetal personhood in law and to degrade Roe’s protections.

              OUT OF CONCERN FOR INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ONCE TREATED ABORTION AS A PRIVATE MATTER.

              Political ambition has also played a powerful role. Out of concern for individual freedom, the Republican Party once treated abortion as a private matter. When Ronald Reagan was governor of California, he signed one of the most liberal abortion laws in the land, in 1967. As late as 1972, a Gallup poll found that 68 percent of Republicans thought that the decision to have an abortion should be made solely by a woman and her doctor.

              But after Roe, a handful of Republican strategists recognized in abortion an explosively emotional issue that could motivate evangelical voters and divide Democrats. In 1980, as Mr. Reagan ran for president, he raised the cause high, and he framed it in terms of the rights of the unborn. “With regard to the freedom of the individual for choice with regard to abortion, there’s one individual who’s not being considered at all. That’s the one who is being aborted,” he said in a debate that year. “And I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.”

              This movement that is creeping into our legal system to remove more rights from women. Spontaneous miscarriage used to be a time for concern and empathy. Now it is a time of fear for many women in many states. Morning after pills are being attacked, and even medical methods of birth control are on the chopping block. The goal to over-turn Roe has taken a macabre turn.

              The movement has pressed for dozens of other measures to at least implicitly affirm the idea that a fetus is a person, such as laws to issue birth certificates for stillborn fetuses or deny pregnant women the freedom to make end-of-life decisions for themselves. Some of these laws are also intended to create a basis for challenging and eventually overturn Roe.

              In the hands of zealous prosecutors, cautious doctors and litigious attorneys, these laws are creating a system of social control that polices pregnancy, as the editorials in this series show. Because of the newly fortified conservative majority on the Supreme Court, such laws are likely to multiply — and the control to become more pervasive — whether or not Roe is overturned.

              https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/28/opi...

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              2018 Wore Me The Hell Out

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                  Was there something specific that broke me this year? Was it every accusation that came to the surface about an always-famous, always-rich, often-beloved man that usually turned out to be very true? The ensuing conversation about when and how we might be able to forgive these men? Maybe it was Michael Cohen or the parade of people who walked in and then out, of the White House, making it impossible to keep up with the particular way our world feels like it’s melting. Maybe it was the midterms (I’m not even American and I feel like I went through six separate elections this calendar year alone). Was it that Lena Dunham profile? Was it Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh screaming about how much he loved beer? Brexit?!!?? The more than 300 mass shootings that occurred in the US thus far? Or maybe the recent news that the Trump administration wants to deport Vietnam War refugees. I remain personally unaffected by most of the daily horrors we’ve sat through this year, and yet I am so, so tired.

                  https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/scaachikoul/2018-year-end-exhaustion?ref=hpsplash

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