Today is International Women’s Day. But more importantly, here in the States, it is the occasion of a nationwide strike, “A Day Without Women”. By now, it should come as no surprise that I wholeheartedly support this protest. First of all, any and all resistance to the fascist usurpers of the Oval Office is something I can enthusiastically get behind. And although today’s strike coincides with a day established in 1909 to commemorate women’s struggles for equal rights the world over, it is also, quite clearly, another specifically American reaction to the atrociously inhumane policies these misogynistic right wing homunculi intend to enact.
Since today is not “A Day Without White Dudes”, I am at work as per usual. But I’d like to take a moment to give a sincere shout-out to some of the women I most admire for their continued fearlessness in these uncertain and unsettling times (in no particular order): Samantha Bee, Sarah Silverman, Rachel Maddow, St. Vincent, Chan Marshall, Grimes, Amy Schumer, Kristen Schaal, Maxine Waters, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (The Notorious R.B.G.), Elizabeth Warren, Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Joan Jett, Jenny Lawson, Allie Brosh, Emily Graslie, Courtney Barnett, Pema Chodron, Serena Williams, Ilana Glaser, Abby Jacobsen, Carrie Brownstein, Kathleen Hannah, Kim Gordon, Leah Remini, Jenna Miscavige, Mary Roach, and of course, the greatest German short-haired pointer ever to walk the Earth, Bernadette.
Oh yeah, and Maryellen, if you’re reading this, please support this strike by not posting anything to our blog today. Or this month. Or this year. Good job!
Later today, I am going to post a piece of short fiction that I wrote about a year ago for a creative writing group to which I briefly belonged. I quickly got the distinct impression that my writing style was offensive and unsettling to this little collective of aspiring Ladies’ Home Journal contributors. But one of the “writing challenges” in which I did participate was to write a short story on the theme of “karma”. One of my few steady readers, a fascinating writer from the UK, graciously requested a sample of my fiction, so Orchid’s Lantern, that one’s for you. Anyone who comes here for my usual diatribes on random idiotic topics will probably be quite disappointed in my next post, so you can just pass that one right on by. Tomorrow, I’ll be back to my old tricks, I promise.
Kick some ass, Ladies.