Sunday Reads: Gas Mask Love, A Toxic OverloadPosted: May 21, 2017
There is nothing like a bit of toxic love between two people…or between two countries, for that matter.
So, here’s to some toxic acidity to get your gears turning.
Earlier this week, on Joyce Arnold’s Facebook feed, she posted this quick thought:
It really made me think. Not at once, I saw the thread and carried on my day.
It stuck with me however because earlier that morning I had seen this on my Instagram feed:
Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman.
It is a sentiment that I’ve repeated myself, and to others…and I will admit that I never really thought much about it. But this morning, it bothered me. It really got to me, irritated me. I saved it in my Instagram feed. I saved it too in my Pinterest folder especially made for topics to write about on the Sky Dancing Blog. This was before I read that little post from Joyce. (Yeah, maybe that is why Joyce’s thread hit me, I don’t know.) But with my lower than average reaction time, it wasn’t until the next day I think when it all registered.
As Joyce said:
Joyce L. Arnold That whole need to make being male to be the norm, the standard for being human …
If you want to put it into a cultural aspect, let’s look at something from television. I thought about a scene from Veep from a couple of seasons ago…‘Veep’ Season 4 Finale Recap: Ma’am Up – The New York Times
It was when Selina realizes that the election is a tie.
This is what Amy says to her:
Here we see yet again the depth of Selina and Amy’s relationship. When Selina learns that Tom James could replace her as president, Gary stands to offer a hug. But Selina, in tears, turns past him and his outstretched arms, past her daughter, Catherine — and collapses into Amy.
Amy looks utterly uncomfortable with the sudden display of emotion. But, in her own way, offers the encouragement that Selina needs, telling her that with all due respect, she needs to get her act together. “Ma’am up,” says Amy. “You’re still the leader of the free world, hmmm?”
And these are the words that transform Selina back into the striving, climbing, ambitious, spotlight-hungry politician we recognize. Realizing that during her mini-meltdown, Tom James has taken the stage in an effort to provide the increasingly restless crowd “a hit of political meth,” Selina springs to action.
The words Amy uses is “Ma’am up” and to me that is a perfect way to show an example of use in a particular show that can sometimes make some feminist writers peeved and angered.
That phrase, was it uttered in connection with the use of the word Ma’am as the correct way of addressing the office of the President? Or was it one feminist telling another…get your shit together, without relying on the male significance as definition of power and success? I don’t know. But what ever you want to call it, I like it. And from now on it is something I intend to use. Am I wrong?
Maybe it comes down to intersectionality?
On the same day…I also saved this:
Please read the explanation in the description on the instagram itself.
And then, there is this….but calling it “sublime.” I don’t think so. How absurd. Look at the expressions on these women’s faces:
To that I wonder….does it take balls to live that kind of life? If we put it into that perspective, what color balls?
Just a few links for you all:
How “computer girls” gave way to tech bros
Those articles should give you something to do to pass the time.
I will end this thread with a sample of illnesses for admittance to the “nut house” if you were a certified “nut job” back a couple of centuries ago:
Why look at that! How many of those are suffered by women?
Go figure, it sure doesn’t take a set of balls for that.
This is an open thread.