Baton Rouge & Un Chapeau Rose

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSH3XR

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

There can’t be anyone who uses social media or who watches T.V. who hasn’t seen this image by now. One strong, lone woman standing firm against heavily armed and protected male officers of the law. It has promoted much discussion and produced many opinions and views and will probably continue to do so as it has been labelled as an iconic image of our times.

I used it as an example of how we can promote change in our own communities and was taken to task by a young man who believes we can only change ourselves and yet keeps lecturing and preaching to others about his beliefs and views. He wanted to know what is femininity/masculinity and asks –

“Curious. What do women think about effeminacy in men; what are the desirable/undesirable aspects of it?”

He states “One thing I know is that I find the crass and unrefined masculine vulgar, and the male mob/pack close to brain-dead (often operating on semi-conscious instinct), so there’s lot of work to be done there. The level of unconsciousness is undesirable for me – though I love them all the same.
I prefer the more cultured and wild (natural) male whose entire life is a mission for self-mastery and Service. That is my ideal masculine figure. It basically reflects my own ambitions. The feminine traits are interwoven with the masculine. Always a work in progress.
Ultimately, certain mythical archetypes sum up the ideal masculine figure for me.”

I asked for definitions. It sounded like Adam’s rib to me. None were forthcoming.

Since pondering the above there have been many changes. America has a different man at the helm. Women and many supporting men around the world have marched , expressing their opposition to the changes they see as undesirable, dangerous and unethical. A new world-wide movement seems to be gaining momentum, attracting supporters, providing people with a space to express their goals, ambitions, principles, dreams and hopes, while stating clearly what is unacceptable, distasteful, offensive, unwanted and destructive. This is the most hopeful and encouraging expression of the people I have seen in decades. People of all ages from all walks of life, as they say, from many countries and places are taking part, standing up to be counted, walking the walk. Those of us now too old or unable to march, can support in other ways. There are times when it is necessary to be ‘an armchair activist’ or when it is unavoidable and there is a place for everyone.  Rather ‘an armchair activist’ than silent and uninvolved!

If nothing else is possible, do this  –  http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick-Pussy-Hat-for-Non-crafty-People

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/pussyhats-womens-march-art-829571

http://www.sapiens.org/culture/pussyhat-symbolism

 

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