I had intended to do a post on my blog this morning but after reading Maria Wulf’s post this morning on her blog, http://www.fullmoonfiberart.com I am giving her space because her essay is well written and pertinent to our time. For those women who are of recent years and have had no experience with sexism I can only say how fortunate you are. But for those of us especially of vintage years who were brought up with mothers who were revered because of the number of sons they bore and dismissed the daughters born by them, this essay speaks loudly and with despairing truthfulness.
That the old boys’ network flourished during my lifetime is without question. That there were those few whose self esteem would not allow this subjugation was apparent and envied. But that the old thinking is still prevalent even in the present generation of women is appalling. The following incident happened in the emergency room of a local clinic where I waited with a relative. A young girl of ten or eleven was in tears waiting to have a cast put on her broken leg. A boy had tripped her she was telling the nurse. Oh, the nurse said, he must really like you. He would not have tripped you if he did not like you! Before I could gather my wits about me, she was wheeled out and I have regretted not following up with names. Any wonder that persons of abusive behavior feel at fault?
Please read Maria’s http://fullmoonfiberart.comAt least half of the world can relate to this essay.