Wednesday Reads: Black Market and Chocolate

0192d8c6bfc928f14d0f4009509712b0293b4f69b1Ugh…So the Bern was felt in Michigan.

We will get to that in a bit, I first want to set a tone for the post today. The set-up is from two different takes on the same time frame in history…WWII.

One is an actual oral history story from a concentration camp survivor…the other is a video clip of a song sung by Marlene Dietrich in a Billy Wilder film called A Foreign Affair…in which Marlene plays a former Nazi now cafe singer in a nightclub in post-war Soviet Occupied Section of Berlin. (The film was shot on location in Berlin in 1947. )

While serving with the United States Army in Germany during World War II, Billy Wilder was promised government assistance if he made a film about Allied-occupied Germany, and he took advantage of the offer by developing A Foreign Affair with Charles Brackett and Richard L. Breen. Erich Pommer, who was responsible for the rebuilding of the German film industry, placed what was left of the facilities at Universum Film AG at Wilder’s disposal. While researching the existing situation for his screenplay, he interviewed many of the American military personnel stationed in Berlin, as well as its residents, many of whom were having difficulty dealing with the destruction of their city. One of them was a woman he met while she was clearing rubble from the streets. “The woman was grateful the Allies had come to fix the gas,” Wilder later recalled. “I thought it was so she could have a hot meal, but she said it was so she could commit suicide.”
01f4bbe78420a62d2f4cd51eafd84b6c8bfaf0b432Marlene Dietrich was Wilder’s first choice to play Erika, and Friedrich Hollaender already had written three songs – “Black Market”, “Illusions”, and “The Ruins of Berlin” – for her to sing in the film (the lyrics were very integral with the plot), but the director suspected she would be opposed to portraying a woman who collaborated with the Nazis. En route home from Berlin, he stopped in Paris to visit her, ostensibly to hear her opinion about a screen test he had made with June Havoc. “She kept making criticisms and suggestions … and finally I said, like I had thought of it just that moment, ‘Marlene, only you can play this part.’ And she agreed with me”, Wilder said.

 

Let’s start with two videos:

 

 

 

The lyrics to the song…since it is sometimes difficult to grasp what Marlene is saying:

Black Market
Sneak around the corner
Budapester Strasse!
Black Market
Peek around the corner –
La Police qui passe!

Come!
I’ll show you things you cannot get elsewhere!
Come!
Make with the offers and you’ll get your share!

Black Market
Eggs for statuettes
Smiles for cigarettes
Got some broken down ideals?
Like wedding rings?

Pshh! Tiptoe!
Trade your things!

I’ll trade you for your candy
Some gorgeous merchandise
My camera – it’s a dandy!
Six by nine – just your size
You want my porcelain figure?
A watch? A submarine?
A Rembrandt? Salami?
Black lingerie from Wien?
I’ll sell my goods
Behind the screen!
No ceiling
No feeling
A very smooth routine!
You buy these goods
And boy thes goods are keen!

Black Market
Laces for the missis
Chewing gum for kisses!
Black Market
Coocoo clocks and treasures
Thousand little pleasures!

Come, and see my little musicbox today!
Price? Only six cartons!
Want to hear it play
Black Market
Milk and microscope
For liverwurst and soap
Browse around I’ve got so many toys!

Don’t be bashful
Step up, boys!

You like my first edition?
It’s yours – that’s how I am
A simple definition
You take art – I take spam!
To you for your “K”-ration
My passion and maybe
An inkling
A twinkling
Or real sympathy!
I’m selling out
Take all I’ve got!
Ambitions!
Convictions!
The works!
Why not?
Enjoy these goods
For boy, these goods
Are hot!

Marlene Dietrich:Black Market Lyrics – LyricWikia – Wikia

 

You can even see her tear up at the end.  From the book Marlene Dietrich Life and Legend:

Marlene Dietrich Life and Legend Google Books

 

Desperate situations…both.

010e78d35bff8c3f762c5a5c88b2dccb2c85e345feI am not excusing the Nazi collaborator. I am using the situation about a woman in a war torn bombed out city forced to trade her “goods” for food and soap.

I am using the woman and young child in a concentration camp, sharing what chocolate necessity they have brought with them for their own survival…with another woman, so that her newborn child would years later have the chance to return the favor.

Maybe it is not a good example to make…but when the will power to survive is strong enough. I think women will do anything to survive. And that makes them vulnerable…to extortion from bullies that take advantage of the horrible conditions.

It also makes them able to come together and share what little they have to live through those deadly conditions. Imagine…an 8 year old…giving up the chocolate that saved the other woman and child. The kindness and understanding. Is overwhelming.

With this in mind, let’s look at the links for today.

First these group of links dealing with refugee camps in both Europe and Africa:

How I wish I could go to this lecture…I only paste this here because it sets-up the rest of the links.

Families in the Refugee Camps | Amnesty International UK

In what has been described as the world’s largest mass migration since the end of the Second World War, it’s easy to forget the women and families who have been affected by events beyond their control.

Wirksworth and District Amnesty International intend to address this. As part of International Women’s Day we’re hosting an event to highlight the plight of women and families in refugee camps across the world.

This emotive, often controversial topic will be covered by keynote speakers from the Derby Refugee Advice Centre, Spectrum Derbyshire and the Anti-trafficking Labour and Exploitation Unit. Together they will provide a unique, local slant on how the refugee crisis is affecting the lives of women and families and what we can do to help.

EuroparlTV video: Inside the Nord-Pas-de-Calais refugee camps: the hardships of many women

EPTV investigates efforts to bring healthcare and psychological support to women in the camps fleeing war and violence.

Security Guards At German Refugee Camp Accused Of Sexual Assault – BuzzFeed News

Doctor on the frontline: ‘The camps in Europe are the most appalling I’ve seen’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

Calais Jungle refugee children being raped in camp, aid workers claim | Europe | News | The Independent

The humanitarian crisis in Calais is a symptom of the EU’s biggest failure – Vox

As EU Closes Doors, Greece Poised To Become Europe’s Refugee Camp : NPR

Volunteering in Greece showed me how vital social work is in this refugee crisis | Social Care Network | The Guardian

Slovenia Closes Its Border, Stranding Tens Of Thousands Of Migrants : The Two-Way : NPR

SABC News – HRW urges Ban Ki Moon to free women held in Saharawi refugee camp:Friday 4 March 2016

Food crisis hits Malawi refugee camp Dzaleka: Women in ‘survival sex’ | Malawi Nyasa Times – Malawi breaking news in Malawi

Female Refugees Are Being Forced to Sell Sex to Survive Southern Africa’s Drought | VICE News

Saint Hoax Photographs Refugees as Disney Princesses

In Order to End Conflict, We Must Empower Women Worldwide

UN Goals Emphasize Women’s Role in Development

 

I know that is a lot of links….and reading. Some of those are older articles, thinks I have saved from a few days to weeks…that I wanted to share with you during this month.

I figured you would have lots of time today, since I am getting this post up early. Imagine that!

Election news coming up….but now some more newsy links:

 

0196f89ef0e413496f785d2e9b72b33b67d3874795Woman wakes from 8-month coma to reveal boyfriend who stayed by her bed put her there

What was initially reported as a romantic story took a nightmarish turn when a Chinese woman revealed that the boyfriend who sat by her bed and took care of her while she lay in a coma for eight months was the one who put her there in the first place.

Local reports had portrayed Liu Fenghe as the loving boyfriend of 22-year-old Lin Yingying, who stayed by her bed and spent 200,000 yuan ($30,700) on her hospital bills.

But Lin has come out to tell the press that Liu was the one who inflicted the head injury that left her in a vegetative state.

Disgusting.

Read the rest at the link, if you can stomach it.

01651ba090057694760b7ebfea25fc05efd5c42a9b_00001Trump Campaign Manager Accused Of Assaulting Female Reporter (TWEETS)

Donald Trump’s campaign manager has been accused of physically assaulting a female reporter after his press conference on Tuesday night.

Trump campaign manager gets rough with Breitbart reporter – POLITICO

Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski forcibly yanked Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields out of the way after his press conference in Florida on Tuesday night.

Fields was attempting to ask Trump a question as he exited the press conference. Secret Service was starting to clear a path, when Fields was forcibly grabbed on her arm by Lewandowski, moving her out of the way and nearly bringing her down to the ground, a source who witnessed the situation told POLITICO.

Fields was clearly roughed up by the move, the witness said.

Not that it will matter any…

Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand Why Everyone Is So Upset About That Nazi-esque Salute | Alternet

Donald Trump, the only person in America and quite possibly the world who needed to “look into” David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan before passing judgment, is again confused by things that seem fairly obvious to the rest of us. This time, it’s about the pledge he calls on supporters to take at rallies, which involves them raising their right hands to “solemnly swear” their vote for the billionaire. As has been pointed out by more than one observer—based on having eyes that can see and a passing knowledge of history—the resulting images look a lot like people sieg heiling. Abe Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor, called the salute an “offensive, obnoxious and disgusting…fascist gesture.”

Trump Plays Dumb About Right Hand Salute | ThinkProgress

But during a Tuesday phone interview on NBC’s Today, Trump said he didn’t realize his pledge might be offensive until that very phone call and called criticism of it “ridiculous.”

“Honestly, until this phone call, I didn’t know it was a problem,” he said. “Almost everybody in the room raises their hand, we’re having a good time. I never knew it was a problem.”

Host Matt Lauer then pressed Trump on the connection between his pledge and some of the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric he’s used throughout his campaign.

“I think [the controversy] is also in combination, Mr. Trump, with some of the rhetoric you’ve used on the campaign trail over the past several months targeting groups like Muslims and Mexicans, that that invokes images of Nazi Germany and the scapegoating of Jews there back in the 1930s and ’40s,” Lauer said.

Trump responded by saying he views the effort to make a connection between his events and Nazi rallies as a “big, big stretch.”

“We’re having these incredible rallies, and considering the subject matter is not so good because our country is in trouble, big trouble, we are having a great time,” he said.

But Trump added he’s open to possibly dropping the pledge from his rallies, citing his desire not to offend.

“Well I’ll certainly look into it,” he said. “I don’t want to offend anybody.”

Right…he will get right on that.

In other news:

Campaign 2016: Donald Trump caps night of wins with victory in Hawaii caucuses – CBS News

What The Stunning Bernie Sanders Win In Michigan Means | FiveThirtyEight — Eating humble pie?

Ted Cruz wins Republican primary in Idaho | PBS NewsHour –I would have thought Trump had Idaho in the bag….with the neo-Nazi vote and all.

Poll: Romney helps more than hurts Trump with Republicans — Say what?

Young American Muslim Protesting Trump Racism ejected from Rally in Style | Informed Comment — No surprise there.

Don’t Look Now, But Trump May Be Reaching Out To The GOP Establishment — Yuk!

Bernie Sanders lawsuit: Ohio official changed law to block 17-year-olds from voting – CNNPolitics.com— Oh please…

Republican Twitter Account Insults Veteran in the Worst Way Possible | Mediaite

Republican Twitter Account Insults Veteran in the Worst Way Possible Mediaite

 

CNN’s Van Jones Tears Into Trump for ‘Freakshow Infomercial’ of a Press Conference | Mediaite

Bernie Sanders won Michigan due to an “open” primary. What does this mean for Hillary Clinton?

Male Teacher To Student: Your Purpose In Life Is To Have Sex and Make Babies | Feministnews

Pastor Tim Remington shooting: Kyle Odom arrested in Washington | US news | The Guardian

Mexico finds stolen radioactive material, says no risk posed | Reuters

Myanmar transition set, but president unlikely to be Suu Kyi – StarTribune.com

Myanmar’s moment of truth | Nick Davies | World news | The Guardian

Woman shares photo of dimples on breast to raise awareness of cancer symptoms

ALERT: Emergency at US nuclear plant after “massive” fire and multiple explosions — “All of a sudden we heard this loud boom and the whole ground started shaking” — “Intense Flames… Heavy Black Smoke… Chaos” — Hundreds of fire personnel called in — “We ask that the public stay away from the area” (VIDEOS)

Bride Has A Strange Itch That Won’t Go Away. Then, She Learns The Terrifying Truth…she has cancer…rare form but deadly.

Kylie Armstrong.

 

Some film news:

Matrix director Lilly Wachowski comes out as a transgender woman | Film | The Guardian

Leading ladies: the women who helped build Hollywood | Film | The Guardian

And for the last two links….

31 Days, 31 Women History Has Forgotten

…this March, I’m dedicating each day to a woman history has forgotten or is in danger of forgetting. And I hope you will join me. Each day I will post a picture of my chosen woman on Instagram along with a brief mention of her achievements, using the hashtags #femstagram and #womenshistorymonth.

I’m also going to post a paragraph about the woman on my blog, which is shared on Twitter and Facebook.

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Which is the best country in the world to be a woman? – The Globe and Mail

 

Status of women

Canada has fallen again in the global gender rankings thanks in part to a widening wage gap and still relatively low female participation in government. Erin Anderssen looks at revealing statistics – from hours spent on housework to lengths of maternity leave – to gauge today’s degree of gender parity

That is the post for today…this is an open thread.

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52 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Black Market and Chocolate”

  1. Ron4Hills says:

    Just a fresh reason to hate Michigan. Go Buckeyes!

  2. Ron4Hills says:

    The same approximate margin that the MSM was calling “a virtual tie” in Iowa is being called a “blowout win” this morning. The bias continues to amaze.

    I was hoping to hear the name Bernie Sanders less and less in future, but I guess that will have to wait.

    I did what I usually do after a disappointment. I sent her money. 🙂

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I’m very disappointed in the Michigan result, but we live to fight another day.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Who called it a “blowout win?” That’s silly. The only thing that counts is delegates, and Hillary extended her lead last night. She got one less delegate than Bernie out of MI.

      The media will never be kind to Hillary and Bernie will go all the way to the convention if he keeps raising money. I’m not going to worry about it.

      • Ron4Hills says:

        I was switching between the pre-GMA show on ABC and MSNBC (Make Sure Nobody Believes Clinton). I think it was ABC but I could be wrong.

        • bostonboomer says:

          It was certainly a stunning upset, the biggest since Hillary won NH in 2008. But it won’t affect the delegate count.

      • Fannie says:

        CNN, MSNBC………all morning long, all about Bernie and how Hillary better shape up. Nothing much about her win in Mississippi.

        Here’s the exit polls in Mi. He got 71% independent vote, and more younger voters, and more white males.

        http://www.cnn.com/election/primaries/polls/mi/Dem

    • purplefinn says:

      I just donated also!

  3. Joanelle says:

    What a great video – Chocolate. Thanks for that!

  4. ANonOMouse says:

    Here’s an exit poll demo from Michigan that WE just cannot ignore.

    White men 33% of the voters
    Clinton 36%
    Sanders 63%

    White women 35% of the voters
    Clinton 47%
    Sanders 52%

    Black women 15% of the voters
    Clinton 64%
    Sanders 32%

    Black men N/A

    While I’m disappointed with the white women’s vote, I’m mortified by the white men’s vote. Can we call this what it looks to be? This will likely be a problem throughout the rust belt.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Obama lost with white people in general and won the presidency. It’s important to remember that MI has an open primary. Bernie “won” because of Independents. Some of those were likely gun voters. Also David Weigel said that a lot of Democrats told him they crossed over to vote for Kasich because they thought Hillary had the primary sewn up.

      • janicen says:

        Yes but I don’t see Hillary getting the same level of turnout from blacks that Obama did. Turnout is going to be a problem and the only thing that will boost it in the general will be if Trump gets the Republican nomination.

        • bostonboomer says:

          So your concern is about the general election?

          • janicen says:

            Yes. I think turnout is going to be a problem in the general. She will win the AA vote, but I fear they won’t turn out in the same numbers they did for Obama. Trump, with his Nazi salute, will change that. I think people will come out of the woodwork to make sure he doesn’t get elected.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        At this point I’m not concerned about the Primary. And I’m not concerned about the White vote, I’m concerned about the vote of white men in States where there are a lot of white men voting. If you look at the exit polls from Mississippi you will see that Hillary won big among men, but if you look at the detail of that exit poll you’ll see the big win wasn’t among white men, the big win was Black men who voted strongly for Hillary in MS 86-13. In MS white men were N/A. In the MI exit poll Black men were N/A. If you look at OK, predominantly White State with a very small AA turnout, you’ll see that Bernie won Men 60-33 while Hillary won Women 48-46.That’s not a good sign in my opinion. In OH, IL the white male turnout will be similar to MI. That doesn’t mean I think she’ll lose either, but I think it does mean the polls aren’t reflecting the huge advantage Bernie has among White men in the States that have larger white turnout.

        I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer. I’m just pointing out that we could be in for a rougher ride than we thought because the polls in MI obviously missed something and in my opinion that something was much more significant than crossover Kasich votes. I know HIllary’s team is pouring over the results to see what they can do to offset the deficit.

        • bostonboomer says:

          I see. But from what I’m reading, the what the polls missed was the Independent votes. Hillary won Democrats according to what the polls showed. And the people who vote in primaries are not representative of the GE voters.

          You’re probably right to be concerned, but I’ll leave it to you and Janicen to prepare us for the GE. I just can’t think that far ahead right now.

    • purplefinn says:

      I agree that it’s troubling. How can we change it? Hopefully the general will have different stats. Can we win the primary with the pro Hillary demographic that we have?

      • bostonboomer says:

        White men always go Republican. That’s not going to change.

        • ANonOMouse says:

          That’s true, but we need a higher percentage of white men voting for Hillary in the primary. Even in Virginia Bernie won white men 50-48, In Georgia Bernie won white men 51-48. In MA Bernie won white men 58-41. At this point I can only find Hillary winning white men in one state Alabama 60-37. We don’t have exit poll information on all the races with a breakdown of gender/race, but of the one’s I’ve looked at so far, Bernie has consistently beat Hillary among White men, and in most cases, significantly.

          • bostonboomer says:

            I can’t imagine that will change.

          • ANonOMouse says:

            Well, let’s hope it’s not what it looks like to me (which is gender bias) because if it is, and if we don’t get a higher percentage of non-white voters and a ton of first time women voters, then the race is going to be much tougher than we hoped. I agree that unless Bernie can win by significant margins, she’s on track to win the nomination even if she doesn’t win the State, but what will happen if she begins to lose close ones is the Bernie group will demand the Super Delegates from those States come over to him. That could get ugly. I’m sorry I’m getting so far ahead of the actual election with this analysis, but that’s what I’ve spent a lifetime doing. I was a P&IC Manager for most of my career in Aerospace Engineering and I made my living looking down the road. It’s just in my blood.

    • janicen says:

      I agree that it’s a concern. These are the same people who voted with us for Hillz in ’08 and the Obama people were calling racists. We couldn’t see that because we weren’t racists and we were for Hillary. The problem Hillary has is that she cannot count on the black turnout that Obama got. It’s just not going to happen. I hope both Obamas campaign like hell for her but right now, she needs to tweak her message to include white working class voters if she’s going to get through the rust belt. If it came down to Bernie v. Trump I think Trump would win because he would get all of the racist votes, both Dem and Republican.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    JJ,

    Thanks for all the excellent links and especially for the background on A Foreign Affair. I always learn something new from your posts.

    • Thank you BB. I was blown away by Marlene Dietrich’s performance in that film.

      Thank you for all the work you and Dak are doing on the blog this campaign season. I am grateful to you both.

  6. Fannie says:

    Yes, JJ, I am hear to tell you, that I really appreciate your post this morning. I needed to see the issues of women in refugee camps. It’s really sad beyond belief. I kinda wish Hillary would talk about women fighting for their lives. How women survive, especially since it’s Women’s History Month. And also talk about women battling cancer! She always promotes equal division among us, and probably needs to once again talk about men, with in our families, and our countries.

    Thanks for bringing up the links on the Teacher in Greeneboro, Ga. who said that Shaniaya Hunter was put here on earth for sex and birthing. I ‘ve called the school. (706-453-2271), and hope he loses his job.

    I also called Roger Wicker, of Mississippi, (601-965-4644), since he heads up the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and chewed him out for disrespecting our disabled veterans, how sickening it was to attack Tammy Duckworth, and so many others.

    I also made a call to Joe Silk of Oklahoma, (208-631-0706) and let him know that we have a constitutional right to abortion. He introduced HB S1118…………saying women who had abortion should be prosecuted for murder. The bill is going nowhere. Yet, he thinks he is speaking for Oklahoma citizens.

    I raise my head high, and think of the good we must do, and the reason why we must. Some of us are lucky, some not, some it’s just hard luck. Thank you JJ, for making me stronger today.

    I agree with Van Jones, watching Trump throw slabs of beef, and pass out bottles of wine, and clean water around, and then throw copies of his Magazine into the audience. It does make me what to crush his campaign.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    For anyone who’s interested. The Florida Democratic debate tonight begins at 9PM. It will be on CBS and is hosted by the WaPo and Univision.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-to-watch-the-democratic-debate-miami-2016/

    We’ll have a live blog later tonight.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Interesting that 7% of Democrats in MI voted in GOP primary.

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    • bostonboomer says:

      After the 15th, the only large state with an open primary is California.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        That seems to suggest that Hillary has the advantage, but I know that Bernie’s campaign is working it’s tail off to change the affiliation of Independents in FL, so I imagine that process is well underway in other States. For some reason he believe he can win NY. We’ll see.

        And I’ve been browsing around the blogosphere this morning and there are more than a few Berners flapping their wings and doing the “I told you so” routine. Not good!!!!

        • bostonboomer says:

          It’s difficult to understand how Bernie could with NY when he has already forfeited 45 voting districts (1/4 of total).

          But Hillary still has the advantage even if Bernie wins every state next Tuesday. She is leading by 218 pledged delegates with more still to be added.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Don’t misunderstand. I do believe Hillary still has an advantage, but it’s not the big advantage that some of us had hoped it would be. I think FL is on track for a good win, but I’m a bit nervous about OH & MO. I think the Obama influence in IL, even though he can’t directly campaign for Hillary, might be a nice boost for her.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Or maybe they’re the same damned Blue Dog cateogory of Democrat that crossed over to vote for Trump in the Red States. It’s really hard to assess who those people really are, especially since Michigan has no Party Affiliation requirement folks could say they were Democrat and who would know the difference. That would be a great way to fuck with the Exit Polls.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    I accidentally posted this info from today on last night’s post.

    Some info I’ve gotten from Twitter today:

    In NY, Bernie did not get on the ballot in 45 voting districts in NY, so he will forfeit them. NY has a closed primary.

    Ohio has an open primary only in the sense that people can choose which party to vote for 30 days ahead of time. They have to actually request a party ballot 30 days before the primary, so they can’t cross over on impulse. It would be too late for anyone to switch based on MI results.

    I also heard that Hillary’s people weren’t surprised by the MI results, based on their internal polling. They realize now that they took MI for granted–didn’t advertise much and didn’t have much of ground organization. Presumably they will work harder from now on.

    Hope to see you all tonight.

  10. NW Luna says:

    Gun amendment could doom sex-assault protection bill

    Unlike other protection orders, such as those for domestic-violence victims, sexual-assault protection orders have expiration dates of up to two years; they are the only protection orders that come with such a time constraint.

    …Advocates recently have been pushing to lift that time limit, in order to ease the painful experiences victims can endure when they must get such an order renewed. SB 6151 proposes getting rid of the two-year time limit and allowing judges to make sexual-assault protection orders permanent in cases that warrant it.

    But an amendment to the bill offered late last week by Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, would retain a two-year limit on barring people from keeping firearms or deadly weapons who have protection orders against them. With Rodne’s amendment, someone prohibited from such weapons would have a chance at regaining them after two years — even as the rest of the protection order stayed in place.

  11. jackyt says:

    Here is (to my mind) a very important wake-up article on the disparity that exists between white women and women of color on the feminist front. Hillary Clinton gets it! While I thought I got it, this was a ‘whap upside the head’ for me.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/todays-feminist-problem-black-women-are-still-invisible/article29082375/

    • quixote says:

      If I remember what I’ve read about the history correctly, the main reason white women got the vote in the US (don’t know about Canada) was that white men wanted to dilute the vote of male Eye-talians and male squiddy-looking East European Jews and male Irish and any male blacks who managed to navigate Jim Crow laws and vote.

      Despite the huge and heroic fight of the suffragettes, the hope of the white men in government, who could actually make the change, was that “their” women would vote the “right” way.

      It can be hard to remember how steeped in racism the good old days were. So steeped that it was seen as natural and just the way things were. Pretty much like sexism operates now for too many people.

      • janicen says:

        And you really don’t have to go back very far. Some TV station is rerunning episodes of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson so we watched a few of them. Johnny Carson was the epitome of what was cool and hip about our culture back in the sixties and seventies. Hell, he was the culture. I have to tell you I was shocked at the racism and sexism that was rampant back then. I lived it, but to step back and see it with today’s eyes was astonishing. Women were totally objectified and sexualized. We were watching the shows with my daughter trying to tell her what a cultural icon Johnny Carson was and she looked at us like, “WTF?” It was a great reminder how truly awful things were back then and I was so conditioned and steeped in it I didn’t see it until I was able to look at it in my rear view mirror.

      • Sounds likely to me. I am on the verge of a full fuck all men lifestyle.

    • janicen says:

      This is very good. Thank you for posting it.

  12. joanelle says:

    JJ, I’d love a copy of the Chocolate video but can’t seem to grab it. Can you help me?