Hey everyone, can we have a family meeting?
It’s been a really rough week, and it’s only Thursday. I’m full of rage. If I were still a church-going gal, I’d call it a righteous rage, but since I’m not, I’m going with “channeling my anger.” I have some things I’d like to talk about.
Yeah, I’m going to talk about menstrual blood, y’all. I think you should read this. ESPECIALLY if you are male identifying. Those who have vaginas generally bleed every cycle for 3-7 days. We need a certain amount of pads/tampons/liners to remain sanitary, clean, comfortable.
Over the years, I’ve become aware that people who are underhoused or who live outside often go without because people do not donate these items to banks. I’ve done several successful drives to raise these items for those who bleed.
It has come to my attention that within the prison system hygiene products are NOT freely given to those who need them in several states, most notably in Arizona where inmates are only given 12 products to start and up to 24 more, causing inmates to cut them, or use them far beyond the safe time potentially leading to infections and toxic shock syndrome. If they need more than the 36 free products, they must purchase them.
When we think of the less than… the “undesirables” in our populations, the people we “look away from”, when it comes to women, it’s homeless, and the incarcerated. We have to take care of those who bleed. This is a natural function, and dignity is a basic human right, whether people live outside, or on the “inside.” We have to do better.
45 has a new found passion for moving SNAP to food boxes to save money. (And reduce the ALARMING 1.5% fraud rate.) This would move the ability to pay for groceries from a debit card system to pre-made boxes. I didn’t know this before, but Indian reservations (the original owners of the land we usurped and then we shoved them onto small parcels after some wicked genocide, while we were illegal immigrants, but that’s something we can ignore forever) already employ food boxes.
Food boxes take choices away from families and force them to eat exactly what the government decides is proper (shelf stable and processed/canned foods.) Choice = dignity. There is also an idea that the poor are ducktale-style swimming in gold coins and eating lobster tails on the government dime while we sit over here living it up in our luxuries, like HEAT, FOOD, and TAMPONS.
This is also coming from people who look down their noses as the “poor” purchase food that the rich don’t feel they should. “How dare people in section 8 purchase a Snickers bar? THE OUTRAGE! When they swiped their SNAP Card, I SAW THEIR MANICURED HANDS!!! ZOMG.”
As someone who grew up in poverty, I’d like to address several points.
1. Once in a while, we needed to feel like we were human. We already dealt with feeling “less than” in so many sectors. To be able to provide your kids with a treat now and again helps them to feel like (for once) they are “just a kid” like all the others.
2. adults work jobs. They need to feel that they are presentable. This may include a manicure. They may have scrimped and saved for that. They MAY NOT HAVE. They may have done that for their own ever-loving self-care. They may work three jobs and this is the one thing that makes them feel human when they go home and burn their furniture to stay warm. (Taken from an actual experience.)
3. Food Boxes will reduce access to fresh produce. There’s not much more I need to say on this topic. By not giving families access to money to purchase goods at their local markets, they will be unable to purchase fresh goods. It’s not rocket science.
FLORIDA (ET ALL)
Florida. I burst into tears today. Guns need to go. Like every other civilized country who doesn’t have mass shootings. I watched a video with children sitting on the ground of their classroom SCREAMING as shots rang out from a gun that was so loud it hurt MY ears across the country. WHEN WILL ENOUGH BE ENOUGH? WHEN WILL CHILDREN BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN GUNS?? We need to talk about this. They just need to go. I have a kid in school and I’ll be damned if he dies because some kid who was expelled has access to his parent’s AK-15. Nobody needs an AK-15. This isn’t the time to politicize this? Yes. Yes it is. Because there is a mass shooting almost every day. There isn’t a day NOT to politicize this, BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ENOUGH DAYS.
PASTORS HARBORING ABUSERS
Churches need to stop shielding abusers. I don’t have much more to say to that. I let fly on a long post about that yesterday. I’d love for you to read it. I’m angry that there are some pastors that seem to have a problem with this idea.
This is my typical platform, and I will get back to #churchtoo, and #metoo on my next blogs. Stay tuned.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT- #METOO
Women are not to be harassed if they do not respond how you wish.
They are not marrying material, and if you think they are, and you don’t know them, aren’t in a relationship with them, and don’t have a ring, bringing that up (especially in a catcalling way is outrageous and offensive). Yelling “Marry me!” and then being offended when we are less than impressed… and yelling “C*UNT” at us, escalates the situations really really quickly to a safety issue.
If you do not like the way she’s getting her chips out of the vending machine, keep it to your damn self. You think she’s being aggressive getting those chips? Maybe give her a wide berth and avoid eye contact. This is NOT THE TIME TO POINT THIS OUT.
SHUT YOUR MOUTHS MEN. WE DO NOT NEED YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT HOW WE BEHAVE.
also: Do NOT put woman in a situation where she does not have an immediate way out. This causes us extreme anxiety.
Do not circle us with all your dudebros.
Do not block us from exits.
Do not push us against walls.
DON’T BE A DOUCHECANOE.
GENDER IS FLUID AND SO ARE COLORS!
BLUE IS FOR GIRLS AND PINK IS FOR BOYS. FUCK IT, ALL COLORS FOR ALL GENDERS EVERYWHERE ON THE SPECTRUM, YOU GET A COLOR, YOU GET A COLOR, EVERY.BODY.GETS.A.COLOR!