CLOUD WOMAN BLOG
The ethics of how should we live today
Categorized in these topics: Baba Yaga Economics Hunger Media Watch Social Memory Weather Women in Collaboration
Posted Monday, August 11, 2008, 07:03 AM
Low volume and flashing images on the wide screen television in the LA Hyatt Regency lobby was telling: all various sizes and types of males mouthing their entrenched perspectives with a few, if we women are lucky, women allowed some air space. Unfortunately, when women do get a few moments, the words and actions are no different from the men opinion makers and dogma enforcers.
The chance encounter/interview with Tutu (MJ Inverson) began at the Kraft Foods “100 Extraordinary Women” LA Film Festival held on June 27-29, 2008, on a plush sofa in the Hyatt Regency lobby bar. A huge flat screen television stationed on CNN discusses political opinions is centered on the hotel lobby sofa. The lobby sofa directly faces the onslaught of the CNN op-ed.
Tutu, elegant white haired grandmother, thin figured and piercing green eyes riveted on the screen with a calm outrage that postured into a slightly opened mouth. When I sat down in a chair next to the sofa I saw the etchings of “here we go again.” Our strong Western convictions lace a mixture of disbelief of how so many women buy into the dogma and violence against not just the female sex, but humanity is written across her face. I knew I could interrupt and introduce myself.
In the twenty minute conversation between us covered how women have become great male “mouthpieces.” In the end, televisions, internet, IPODS and finally cell phones have no sound barrier, since it does not matter if the volume is up or down or images flashing or words blaring. It is a steady stream of blasting indoctrination and propaganda filled to the brim of male opinions and pronouncements.
Many will cite how I am ranting about men and media. However, neither hatred nor anger figures into the confrontation of reality. Instead, I immerse myself in fierce kindness and compassion; it is about holding others accountable for their harm and violence regardless of gender, creed or race.
Allowed to be in the boys club and her father’s daughter, to most, feminism is about hating men. Ironically, the projection is about the person saying and believing it’s about men hating when feminism is more about how men’s hatred of women has been rabid for thousands of years and left severely unchecked.
Tutu’s inquisitiveness and immediate if not radical insights to the media facts that lie, led me to discover a recent study. Fresh from a male entrenched authority, Rutgers’ University researchers acquired a 366 op-ed pieces sample all written by academics in the three of the major newspapers that simply backs up my observances and those of Tutu’s.
Tutu’s slightly gaping open mouth has been seeing this for years, but no one at Rutgers’ asked her.
The result from Rutgers? New York Times had 82% from males, Wall Street Journal 97% while the Newark Star Ledger had 78% in its op-ed and columns. The Washington Post in 2008 according to their ombudsman Deborah Howell observed as:
"”The 2008 numbers as of Wednesday: 654 op-ed pieces -- 575 by men, 79 by women and about 80 by minorities." Howell blamed the numbers on the "tradition" of hiring white men to write and the failure of more women and people of color to submit. Overall, the figures on women syndicated opinion writers-people actually paid to write -- have been locked down under 25 percent for years now.”
As for women mouthpieces, the few women columnists such as Maureen Dowd gleefully joined with the men’s female bashing of Hillary Clinton campaign in 28 out of 44 commentaries that Dowd wrote. "Even she, I think, by assailing Clinton in gender-heavy terms in column after column, went over the top this election season," writes Deborah Howell.
Tutu moves to a painstakingly created organic form of activism when she announced how she would rather visit the Food Bank in LA then the “100 Extraordinary Women” program at the LA Film Festival. In going about our daily lives as women and major caregivers, Tutu prompts ethical questions about climate change and the impact on all of us not just women in her organic form of activism; how are we going to feed ourselves let alone our families?
Women are everyday activists. The activism is in all the small acts that in the end are irrevocable. Look at how menu planning and meals for our families and others are mostly our responsibilities. Food is life-this is what Tutu brought up in just being her sacred sense of self.
Instead of carefully weighing kilos of organic vegetables, women in denial would rather risk staying in denial by weighing in their own food prosperity in the past. The way we treated food and how it is grown in the past is the same way we treat the domestic labors of females; the feminine principle is inconsequential & valueless.
Some of the denial is to not notice that climate change and food costs will starve our grandchildren. Mostly, it is the dieting or goring of rich carbohydrates-all packaged and nutrition less high calorie food stuffs that end up killing us and families with anorexia/obesity to congestive heart failures.
My conversations with Tutu raises one succinct inquiry: how would we live today if we knew how it would impact more costs to future generations? What would happen each time we reach for a plastic garbage bag and it lists off how many lives will die from the chemicals released with an overview of how the plastics remain for thousands of years in our garbage dumps? In Uganda, plastic bags have been banned since the shredded plastic bags hang scornfully on various African plants and trees which live deep into the strata of their African plains and mountains far from the cities.
Everything women deny or when we perpetuate male dogma, simply raise ethical questions especially in the media to consumerism/economic business decisions. And of course, the more the ratio of starving our grandchildren increases the greater the riches for our future generations of males will become.
Not only are ethical questions raised for women to be tormented by and with good purpose as opposed to reason, but everything that is political, economic and governing is personal to every single female on the face of the planet. Why? Males are in the excessive majority for wealth, and maintain a stranglehold on being the gender that holds all the power positions.
Some of us have by now a glimpse into how television and media is basically a male driven state owned propaganda program.
Basically, Tutu, the engaging grandmother who is not her role nor is it her identity, is a living classroom to all others. She is that presence wafting gentle fragrance that has us realizing we cannot avoid harm to others while we sit saturated in our denial and unconsciousness about female gender disparity or our empowering feminine priniciple.
Our more transparently self-serving soccer mom schedules and chauffeuring the kids helps to increase the maliciously interfering with organic forms of everyday activism. Women are just plain too busy; an excuse to avoid responsibility for our lives and that of our children along with future generations.
More than anything, Tutu’s long life experiences are an ancestral bust or stelae (archeology for standing stone) in that she evokes a sense of responsibility and vigorously stays in her organic form of activism. When dedicants do come and sit at her knee they would return to a living memory of not just the dead who are increasingly dying or died from climate change, but to revive a living community memory buried under the hatred of our female gender and denial.