We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

February 1, 2013

I know women my age and older talk about how far we've come as women in our society but the younger gals really have no clue. Of course we still talk about the glass ceiling. It still exists. And yes, there are still problems for women such as:

If women were paid equally to men 50% of the poverty in our country would be addressed. Think about it. Single mothers make up a disproportionate number of people in poverty. Women also make up a disproportionate number of the working poor. Where are the equal numbers of single fathers and single men? Probably making more money.

I remember when we weren't allowed to wear pants to school. When I was very young the dress code dictated which fabrics and colors could be worn by women and girls at what time of year. The only time I ever heard of this for men was in the Navy: dress whites in summer, dress blues for winter.

Ever hear of Jack Jones? He was a singer with a big hit song in 1964/1965 called 'Wives and Lovers'. Check out the lyrics below (or go see him sing it on YouTube!) and you'll know what kind of world I grew up in:

Wives and Lovers (by Burt Bacharach & Hal David)

Hey! Little Girl

Comb your hair, fix your makeup

Soon he will open the door

Don't think because there's a ring on your finger

You needn't try anymore

For wives should always be lovers too

Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you

I'm warning you…

Day after day

There are girls at the office

And men will always be men

Don't send him off with your hair still in curlers

You may not see him again

For wives should always be lovers too

Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you

He's almost here…

Hey! Little girl

Better wear something pretty

Something you'd wear to go to the city and

Dim all the lights, pour the wine, start the music

Time to get ready for love

Time to get ready

Time to get ready for love

What a great message to grow up to (NOT!). I'm sure all of our aspirations were lowered by this type of message. Clearly this is where the magazine ads and the beauty industry continue to reside to this day. Still women have come a long way from 1964, thank gawd. Now, let's talk about the Indians at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota…and honoring treaties. I think you get the idea.

Oppression: The systematic, socially supported mistreatment and exploitation of a group, category, or team of people by anyone.

Oppression of any people, whether it's women, Indians, the poor, or whomever is wrong.


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