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The necessity and value of defending social security

I rarely if ever share videos on my blog since I’m mainly about writing but today i just have to share this. It is a video of Bette Reed explaining in the most clear and articulate way, what social security is for and how it is essential for women.

We are in an age when ‘feminists’ like to debate the political activism of pole dancing, and admire pop stars (a few months ago I heard  Radio 4 broadcast a debate on the feminism of Beyonce, 4 women and a man were on, and sad to say, only the man made a peck of sense!!)

Today’s self-described feminists like to claim that “feminism is about doing what ever you want” [note: no, it f***ing ISN’T]  and this is bloody sad.

Here is Bette Reed, the true voice of feminism, a  voice we should listen to, the voice of women’s experience. Feminism is Bette Reed explaining how women’s economic position is structurally restricted from the start, and – if we actually want to have some semblance of civil society – why we need to defend social security. Though the video is from Seattle Washington, what she says resonates to every community across the globe. Female disadvantage is structured into the economic system. And we can fight it.

In these disgusting ‘austerity’ times when the rich and their mainstream media mouthpieces rape us daily by trying to convince us that we don’t need, or are not entitled to, basic sustenance, it is so good to hear the voice of clarity.

(I got this video from Bette Reed’s daughter, a friend of mine from way back. Thanks Katherine!)

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the fashionable dictator

I’m atonished that so many female journalists resort to criticising the  dictator’s wife for material over-indulgence and lack of compassion … … instead of writing some actual political analysis of what dictatorship actually involves and the networks that support it.

I can’t beelive the column inches I have seen excoriating Mme Assad for her love of Louboutins, by female and often self confessed “feminist” writers.

I know that “feminism” has been redefined to include everything from championing Madonna, to the wonderful “empowerment” brought on by having one’s breasts inflated., but really…

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Geopolitics and the existence of dictatorhsip is a complex and fascinating subject. Not one writer, male or female, has bothered to discuss Syria in terms of how it suffered from colonialism in that shameful period called the “Mandates” when France took Syria, and Britain took Palestine, as a “settlement” using that lovely warm and fuzzy word “protectorate” – following their evisceration and outright theft of the Ottoman Empire. (San Remo Conference).

Even today journalists, and even historians, neglect San Remo as the architecture of the modern world, more than eany other settlemnt. Much more than the Versailles treaty, which merely continued the tit-for-tatting that Europeans had been doing since the 18thC. A story crying out to be written. In fact, the hurt cry “why can’t ‘they’ trust ‘the west’? is often uttered by journalists. Are these media professionals so ignorant of their own history? Trust has to be earned and frankly “we” haven’t earned it yet.

But if you can get paid by your newspaper to write about the Louboutins, go ahead, it’s easier than doing any real work.

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