Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Friday Links

Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

‘Women are the backbone of this country’: Thousands across the nation skip work, wear red and rally

12 Things About Being A Woman That Women Won’t Tell You (as told to male readers of GQ)

What Is Feminism, And Why Do So Many Women And Men Hate It?

Survey: What singles really think of dating feminist women

Americans are having less sex than they once did

Why you shouldn’t tell a woman to smile

Relationships Work Better If Women Wear The Pants, Science Says

Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to [email protected] and if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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    Donna March 10, 2017, 11:12 am

    Must be starting to become obvious to ya’ll that you’ve staged enough protests and declared enough made-up holidays now (oh holla wear-red-every-damn-buddy-because-it’s-INTERNATIONAL-WOMAN’S-DAY when nobody freakin heard of that ever until you made it up this year to go along with the rest of your hair-brained schemes but I do digress). Now you are finally getting arrested, and it couldn’t be a day too soon. Maybe you’ll go back to working and taking care of your damned responsibilities, along ‘respect’ in any damn format for you Wendy – to the President or anybody else you set your mind against – is going to be beyond you. But at least get off the damn streets and form your stupid activist groups at home or something. I’m a woman and I’ll tell you – you and your counterparts have caused any shred of feminism I had in my being to shrivel up and die. The shenanigans you have gotten up to over the last few months make me damn embarrassed some days to be a woman so I hope you are happy. Pleeeeaaaaasssse tell me that we don’t have another 3 1/2 years of this from you all to put up with, because I for one don’t think I can take it.

    In the meantime, ‘Lock her up’ is taking on a new meaning for me! 😉

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      Dear Wendy March 10, 2017, 12:36 pm

      I legitimately can’t follow your train(s) of thought and really don’t know how to address whatever argument you’re trying to make. But International Women’s Day has been a thing for well over 100 years, and just because one’s ignorance kept one from every hearing about it until this year doesn’t mean it didn’t exist for about 110 years before that.

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    • Portia

      Portia March 10, 2017, 1:44 pm

      Like Wendy, I don’t know what you’re trying to say, but I’m just going to leave a few not-made-up-for-this-year, long-standing holidays here, to expand your world a bit:
      -International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21
      -Earth Day, April 22
      -Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day, June 19 (US)
      -World Refugee Day, June 20
      -Women’s Equality Day, August 26 (US)
      -International Literacy Day, September 8
      -International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25
      -Human Rights Day, December 10
      -International Migrants Day, December 18
      -World Day of Social Justice, February 20

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      • Dear Wendy

        Dear Wendy March 10, 2017, 2:00 pm

        Word!

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      • Diablo

        Diablo March 10, 2017, 2:08 pm

        You forgot International Talk Like a PIrate Day, Sept 19th.

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      • Portia

        Portia March 10, 2017, 2:15 pm

        Diablo, doesn’t everyone already know that one? Come on, gotta get your free donut from Krispy Kreme!

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      Skyblossom March 10, 2017, 1:48 pm

      Respect is earned, always. Trump is president but he hasn’t earned my respect. Did you respect Obama just because he was president or do you have different standards based on political affiliation?

      I had a neighbor, where I grew up, who has purposely, many times, gone to abortion protests with the intent of being arrested and she would be arrested. Would you consider that shenanigans? Freedom of speech is a fundamental right here in this country. If people cross the line and get arrested that is a decision they make and it happens on both sides of the political spectrum. If you don’t like the protests it’s just too bad. Some day you may feel the need to protest something and you will be able to do so because of the same freedom of speech that allows these people to protest. This is a fundamentally American thing. It is who we are.

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    • Diablo

      Diablo March 10, 2017, 2:04 pm

      So, I was reading one of the links to Esquire about being a male feminist, and the writer talked about how men often don’t like to identify as feminist because it too readily seems to align them with the trying-too-hard #notallmen No-Fun Left. As DW readers know, i am all about fun, so i have certainly resisted the sometimes seemingly reductive label of male feminist, and like lots of dudes, find easier space to occupy in the “women’s rights are human rights” camp. All fine, whatever, we are products of our experiences, blah blah blah. That’s all my job to navigate for myself as a male in the modern world. But I really don’t get people like this poster. Just like i don’t get how any woman voted for Trump (not that actual votes count in your electoral system, but that’s another matter). And i really don’t get people who are SO offended by someone else’s protest. i remember my old boss decrying a local Pride Parade because “why do THEY have to rub my nose in it?” Why, ma’am, do you care at all if other people gather to express their views, even if you don’t share them , or vehemently oppose them? Like, if a bunch of people wanted to gather to demand that men have the right to give birth, or to give chickens the right to fly, what would I care? Protest all you want! That’s completely apart from the point that the people these women oppose are the ones who would likely gladly rescind YOUR right to vote if they could. OP, as a man who shares an equal partnership with my most trusted and respected friend, my wife of over two decades, i can tell you that i, and lots of men, look forward to not only 3.5 more years of putting up with this, but as many years as it takes until women actually get paid as much as men for the same work and talent and can safely walk the streets at least knowing that their rapist won’t be let off with “be a good lad, now.” Because duh! For now, let’s all comfort ourselves with this bit of wisdom from the movie Trainspotting: “In a hundred years, there won’t be men and women anymore, only wankers.”

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        RedRoverRedRover March 10, 2017, 2:18 pm

        Oh god, my dad says that about the gay pride parade. “Why can’t they just be gay? Why do they have to rub our faces in it?” And he has a gay son! I told him that the vast majority of media, art, writing, etc in our world shows heterosexuality as the norm and in fact often as the ONLY way of being. The parades are about challenging that. Heteros spend our lives being very open about our sexuality and no one cares. But when gays do the same it’s “why do they have to show it off?” He didn’t answer. I’m not sure if he got it or if he just didn’t know what else to say.

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      • Diablo

        Diablo March 10, 2017, 3:07 pm

        @RRRR – Yeah, I have never gotten that either. i grew up in a really repressed small town (high school years) but had come from a bigger city. Never understood why anyone would care if someone is gay. Just doesn’t affect me, any more than most people being straight. I only get emotionally involved in someone’s orientation if i am actively trying to sleep with them.

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        RedRoverRedRover March 10, 2017, 3:14 pm

        Basically I think it’s “well it makes me uncomfortable so they should stop doing it”.

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      csp March 10, 2017, 2:20 pm

      Wait, women marched a few days this year and coordinated colors and you are throwing this hissy fit on a blog? What a weird thing to be so mad about. And you are worried that there might be color coordination for YEARS!!!! oh the insanity. all we did was take the day off. just relax.

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      anonymousse March 10, 2017, 2:29 pm

      If you have no shred of feminism left, does that mean you aren’t going to work, vote or own property anymore, because you are a woman?

      That includes smartphones.

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        csp March 10, 2017, 2:34 pm

        Or be able to rent an apartment or have your own credit card. Honestly, I can’t believe her husband lets her on the internet unattended.

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        RedRoverRedRover March 10, 2017, 2:49 pm

        Reminds me of this:
        http://imgur.com/gallery/Qx9xRNb

        Flight of the Conchords, awesome show. 🙂

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      • Portia

        Portia March 10, 2017, 3:55 pm

        Hahaha, I love Flight of the Conchords!

        Not related at all, but I was very proud of myself for sneaking a few of their songs into the cocktail hour music at my wedding (If That’s What You’re Into and The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room).

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      Fyodor March 10, 2017, 3:51 pm

      I don’t think that I would respect someone who bragged about how he could grab my genitals with impunity. Different strokes (no put intended), I guess.

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    Kate March 10, 2017, 12:51 pm

    If you’re embarrassed to be a woman, you always have the option of becoming a white man in a suit. That’s where it’s at, honey.

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      Kate March 10, 2017, 1:11 pm

      Or a fucking orange man.

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        Dear Wendy March 10, 2017, 2:01 pm

        As Jackson likes to say: “Trump is America’s first orange president.”

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      • Diablo

        Diablo March 10, 2017, 3:10 pm

        Hey, let’s leave orange out of it. I am orange and proud. As a redhead named Donald, I prefer to decry President Cheeto’s policies rather than colouration.

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      Kate March 10, 2017, 2:27 pm

      Well that’s something, ain’t it!

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