Just put on a little lipstick
When I was growing up Mothers all over would say, “Put on a Little Lipstick, you will look better.” I found out that most of my 50 year old friends heard that phrase too. In the 60s many of us rebelled against wearing makeup and stockings and all that awful underwear and by the 70s pants were in and long skirts and pheasant blouses. For many of us, there was no makeup and no underwear at all!
That revolution lead us to give up a great many things and ideas; it was about throwing out the old and moving on to the new and we were in a great hurry. In the new millennium, we were back to the short skirts and lots and lots of makeup – massive hairdos and free love had turned into sex, sex, sex to sell for everything. Those rebellious folks started decorating their skin because they were hardly wearing any clothing at all – that was how to say, “See me”.
One of the very best ideas to come out of the 60s and 70s was the dropping of some of the standards that women should not talk about their health or their bodies. New forms of birth control came on the horizon and women gained many freedoms. It was not until President Clinton came to office in the USA that women’s health was studied for understanding and healing of breast cancer. Huge gains were made in the treatment and health of women and women started staying in school and dreaming bigger and bigger dreams.
For the past year I have been very concerned about all the rhetoric about women’s health and rights. The ploys have been huge and heated. I do not want my daughters denied health care and all the tools that they need to succeed. I do not want their choices to be turned from rights to privileges’ of the rich. I do not want some religious/conservative group to dictate or control the choices that my daughters will need to be making. And, I certainly do not want my children facing legislation which takes away their rights and choices because some politician is stirring the pot so he can get richer and keep the Us vs Them going strong and furiously.
So I have stepped back and evaluated what is going on right now in this election charged atmosphere.
One group of Politicians has figured out a way to stir the pot loudly, so that most people will not be aware of what is happening. What I see is that two groups of women who are at the polar opposite of each other are being set up in the ring to punch each other and knock the other to the ground. It appears to be a win/lose battle with no median ground. When the media picks up this war, it is heightened into a huge ruckus, and those who are centered need to come to the rescue. Thank goodness we are hearing about what is happening and responding.
What this is doing is educating the young that they need to step up and get involved. They need to know what they are marching for, paying for, and what rights they are losing. They need to care. If the education is done well, the war mongers will lose all around, because with polar opposites rarely either side wins in a confrontation; they have better success with using whittling way techniques and staying out of the spotlight.
What also happens is that educators start to come forward and take a good look at what is being covered up, what is it that the mongers do not wish us to see or know. A good example of this is that the “insider trading” bill that would make this illegal for members of Congress did not pass last week. There are so many who are making so much money on Wall Street from this option, they cannot shut off the valve, even though this is illegal for everyone else. How is your Representative or Senator doing in this regard?
I think Mothers all over are still saying, “put on a little lipstick”, and adding do not forget the sunscreen! My wish is that they are also saying one needs to understand each situation, needs to know how to think ( it is a learned skill not a sound bite), one needs to know their rights, their bodies and how to problem-solve. Then maybe the true colors will shine through?
What do you think is the true agenda? What would you add to “lipstick” or would you add that at all?
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