Thursday, September 22, 2005

Who We Are

I was listening to the radio this morning, early on my way to the gym. A new song, called "Men Are Like Shoes," came on the radio. The popular singer Shania Twain was harping on men being like shoes - "Amazing what a little polish can do" - and when it was over, the DJ commented that he wasn't sure he agreed with the song. The song has little positive to say about men, and coming from a singer who claims to be happily married to a man, one would expect a little more positive man thoughts. Clearly that is not the case. I wonder how women would feel if a man compared them to, say, ties. You can't get enough looks and feels pretty much like the can throw them away when you find a new one you like better.... Ironically, as I'm returning to the blogsphere, I was looking around at articles. On Keith's site I found this gem. As the article points out, women have become their own worst enemy. But what struck me is the name of the book the article mentions: "Female Chauvinist Pigs." How true. We have turned into the very thing we fought to eliminate. This is the danger of gaining power - you risk becoming the monster you sought to extinguish. The more women become is not good enough. We must be better, we must be more, we must be higher on the pecking order than men. Being equal is not enough. This is the danger of power that I dealt with in an earlier post. While not all of us abuse it, many do - you have to be vigilant in order to guard against the intoxication. Unfortunately, many of us have let down our guard and allowed past injustices to be the justification for current punishments. Unfortunately, that is the same as abusing your child for the pain you suffered as a child. My favorite quote: "The price of greatness is responsibility." W. Churchill