The Revolution Continues

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 • 1 Comment on The Revolution Continues

Gloria Steinem rocked the house last night.  I drove home in a daze, mesmerized by her words.  I’m still mesmerized.  The woman influenced my whole way of thinking when I was a teenager/young adult—or maybe she simply reinforced ideas that I believed were true but weren’t validated by the adults in my life—so to be in the same room with her and hear her say all those things I’ve read for the past twenty-something years was incredible.  As I listened to her, I wished everyone I knew was in the audience, especially the young women who don’t know who Gloria Steinem is (and don’t think women’s rights are an issue anymore) and the parents who don’t understand how their own ingrained sexist attitudes are affecting their daughters—and sons.

Scholars, Witches and Other Freedom Fighters is a transcript of a speech Gloria gave at Salem State College in 1993.  It’s a little dated, but I like the title and her message hasn’t changed.  What’s funny is that she opened last night’s speech in a similar way—“Thanks for coming out and taking a chance on a stranger.”  Stranger?  No… long lost mother. 

Addendum:
I hunted around and found Sex and the Feminist Revolution, a recording of a speech Gloria made at Indiana University in 2003.  It’s the next best thing to hearing her in person.

Posted by Kristina in Activism
  • Amy Pondolfino says:

    Sexism starts early… I never thought twice about scheduling my son’s first playdate in our new town with a little girl. It seemed perfect: Everett was three weeks old and Aaron was 19 months while my friend’s two girls were aged 6 weeks and 24 months! And it was perfect. Aaron and his new best friend got along fabulously. She kick-started his verbal skills while they both learned to share. And suddenly he became interested in toilet training! It was with surprise that I realized that many mothers only schedule same-sex playdates for their sons. Not that there isn’t a time and place for boys only events (as well as girls only activities), but to never have played alongside girls??? How are these kids supposed to get along with each other in the workplace later in life if they have never learned how to play together? Plus they learn from each other, even at an early age. In a roomful of two year old boys (my son included), you generally do not hear even two words strung together… If a child speaks it is to an adult and usually in reference to a snack! Add a few girls and everyone starts talking. Aaron has a fabulous vocabulary for a little tyke, but he doesn’t use it playing with just boys. So it’s clear to me that little boys have a lot to learn from little girls. I’m sure it goes the other way around too, but then again, maybe girls really are superior in every way (hee hee).

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