International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day.

I would like to say “Thank-You” to the powers-that-be who sanctioned March 8 as the day to bring my exclusive club of “women” to the forefront of everybody’s minds today. I feel honoured.

For those of you who are not too familiar with my group – the group that is being commemorated today – let me have the privilege of introducing you. It’s only fair that you understand some things about this little group of mine…

  • We are called “women”, a name that has a connotation of kinship with “men”.  Both women and men make up the whole of “humanity”, the most populous (insects aside), and some say the most intelligent, species on Earth.
  • Women have been mandated with the physical task of co-procreating, carrying and giving birth to “new” humans in order to carry-on the existence of our species.
  • Studies have shown that women are as industrious and intelligent as their male counterparts. Some studies would argue that we have a higher pain threshold, are more nurturing and sensitive, and have a much better sense of direction than men.
  • There have been no scientific studies to prove that women are “less” human than their male counterparts, despite popular belief.  However, women have historically – and presently in many parts of the world – been treated as if they are an inferior sub-species of humanity.
  • Despite oppression which many suffer in the forms of physical, sexual, mental, and economical abuse, there are many women who have contributed to society. Many women have been able to raise healthy, content, contributing members of society – and some without the influence of the more superior “men”; some women have made huge strides in the arenas of sports, science, art, industry, and all of the sub-categories of each; and there are some women who have even been considered “equal” with men, securing equal-pay for equal-work, and respect for contributing intellectually to the betterment of society.

So to have an annual day set aside just for us, on behalf of women everywhere, again I say thank you for remembering us today.

Maybe someday we can have a “Humankind Day” so that we can remember the strides and plight of that group once a year.

“Give me a break!”

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Don’t Feed The Animals…Er, I mean HOMELESS.

How many of you would give food to someone who knocked on your front door and asked to be fed?

I’m pretty sure almost all of us would.

How about if you seen a hungry homeless mother and her child in a park rummaging through garbage bins?

I’m sure if you had the means, you would most definitely help.

How about if it was a drug addicted, mentally ill man laying in the entranceway of a public building?

A little scarier of a situation, but I’m sure for those who were brave enough, and were moved with compassion, you would probably help.

THE SITUATION IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FL.

It seems the lawmakers in many municipalities in the warm state of Florida wouldn’t be so moved to help any of the people above. So much so that they have made it a criminal offence to feed the hungry, homeless people who flock to Florida to at least have a warm climate to weather while living on the street.

Mic.com reported here about an elderly man who was arrested for having compassion and feeding a homeless person. Read about it here.

THE SOLUTION?

I’m sure that the very idea of NOT BEING LEGALLY ALLOWED TO FEED THE HUNGRY in the hopes that they will just move along infuriates you as much as it does me.

I’m Canadian, and our homeless problem is no less important than those of Florida, but the day we put people in office who dehumanize homeless people and make it illegal to feed them like they were zoo animals, that is the day I officially do not want to be a citizen of the human race anymore.

What do we, as the voice of humanity, do about this? Well, maybe we can TALK about this so much, and shame those who are making these laws, that it will move our American friends to lobby against these laws.

Maybe we can start a movement calling people to IGNORE the laws and if we convince enough people to feed and cloth the homeless of Florida, that the justice system (which I say ironically) will not have the capabilities or resources to prosecute SO MANY PEOPLE.

My father and mother-in-law winter in Florida. It starts with me. If I am moved to help someone in need while in Florida, I will. Let them arrest me. What a wonderful criminal record to have…I WAS ARRESTED AND FOUND GUILTY OF HAVING COMPASSION AND PUTTING FOOD IN A HUNGRY PERSON’S BELLY. How f*@king ridiculous!

I just happened upon this 45 year old homeless woman’s blog, and it is very eye-opening. Please visit her blog here and read her words. http://suicidaltransgirl.com

It all starts with awareness.