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3/9/2008
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY
CATEGORY: Blogging, General

Conversation overheard this morning while Zsu-Zsu and I were drinking coffee and reading the paper.

ME: Hey! Looks like we missed “International Womens Day” yesterday.

SHE: (Sniffs) Didn’t miss anything.

ME: Really? Aren’t you even the least bit interested in the worldwide struggle for women’s rights?

SHE: I’m much more interested in you taking out the garbage this morning.

ME: But don’t you realize that billions of women around the world are being oppressed?

SHE: I’d settle for you making me dinner every once and a while.

ME: Are you telling me you feel no solidarity with your sisters who marched in the streets yesterday to improve the lot of women the world over?

SHE: Nope. Too busy shaving my legs.

ME: I’m surprised at you. This is a day that’s been celebrated since 1908. According to the IWD website: “IWD is now an official holiday in Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.”

SHE: Heh. Just what we need. Another day that you forget to give me a card and flowers.

ME: No, you don’t get it. This is serious stuff. IWD could be called “Feminists Day.” Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

SHE: Pass the sugar, would ya?

ME: Doesn’t it concern you that the battle isn’t over, that the dominant white patriarchy is still oppressing your sisters here in the United States.

SHE: If you knew my sisters, you’d agree they need a little oppressing. Seriously, Ricky, what the hell brought on all this nonsense?

HE: I thought it would be an interesting way to introduce this hilarious video.

SHE: You and that blog, Rick…TO THE MOON

UPDATE

Mostly unrelated to International Womens Day but perhaps one of the best sketches in years by Saturday Night Live, this video of the “3:00 AM Phone Call” is destined to be a classic.

By: Rick Moran at 7:13 am

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