Archive for August, 2010

13
Aug
10

The Hidden World of Girls

Some interesting information.

Check it out.

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11
Aug
10

This I Believe

This is the essay I submitted to “This I Believe” for their Women’s History Month addition. One of these days, I’ll get around to posting all of the links for each of my published and “web published” materials. (But not today)

10
Aug
10

Passive Resistance and Social Change

“Some of the most celebrated social struggle victories of the 20th century are attributed to the great pacifists of our time, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. This constitutes a historical whitewash, as these “victories” were achieved when the state weighed its options and chose the lesser of two evils: the pacifists. In this segment Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, Aric Mcbay, Harjap Grewal, Gord Hill and Peter Gelderlus deconstruct the Gandhi myth and show us why militant action plays an important in movements of resistance.”~From the film makers

After viewing and then tossing in some thought, this is what I’ve got…The key word here is resistance. While protesting orderly has its place in raising awareness, it is not the agent of change. Pacificity, on the other hand, does not mean compliance. One can be effectively passive, yet still annoy the shit out of the powers that be. Sitting in mass numbers and refusing to leave, for example. Standing in front of the whitehouse with qoutes from the president that make him look REALLY bad is another. While I appreciate their comparisons in both India and the Civil Rights Movement, they neglected to introduce pacifists who brought change without participating in ANY violence. Victimized by it yes, but giving it back, no. The Women’s Suffrage Movement is the ideal example here. Those who are most often credited (Susan B. Anthony) with bringing women the vote in the US were those same that were mentioned as being conservatives within the movement. Alice Paul and Anna Howard Shaw, on the otherhand, are lesser known but were certainly crucial to the vote. It was the latter two that, through passive resistance (if not some level of passive aggression) forced Wilson’s hand.See More