I just got back from running an errand, I was picking up a few things at the local convenience store. When I got to the counter to pay for my purchases, I greeted the manager of the store (a woman, and an acquaintance) with; "Happy International Women's Day". She responded, "Is that what it is?"

2012 International Women’s Day

Human Rights cannot be addressed without the inclusion of all humans, irrespective of gender.

2012 International Women’s Day

Okay, yeah, I'm a guy …I'm also a feminist. Let's get this straight; to me, Feminism and Women's Rights are inextricable facets of Human Rights as well as basic human dignity and egalitarianism.

2012 International Women’s Day

Yes, I'm aware of the many groups excluded by the (absolutely untenable) label "special interest". A label universally applied by those who feel an entitlement to special privilege. These anti-human rights groups are entrenched in our media, political apparatus, religions, corporate power brokers, etc, etc, etc (sorry for the redundancy there, but …it's that ubiquitous a social maladaptation it bears repeating).

2012 International Women’s Day

As activist atheists, skeptics, humanists, …any label/identity that can be tied to "rational human", we have a duty to support and promote any and all aspects of all-inclusive, egalitarian human rights. That simple. We (atheists of both genders) are all guilty of sometimes forgetting this duty to some degree, even the most benign seeming faux pax will to somebody - somewhere, will be an issue of exclusion or marginalization. 

2012 International Women’s Day

At the other end of the spectrum there are examples of courage and sacrifice in the cause of women's rights every day. Most go unnoticed, ignored by a mainstream media that lost its way a long time ago. 

Continued… 2012-international-women-s-day-atheist-women-courage-support

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Interesting, isn't it, that the US is one of the few "Western" countries that does not celebrate International Women's Day?  Well, it's because the person who first popularized this holiday had communist sympathies... and that's just unacceptable in America.  So our society disregards this holiday in the name of ideology.

Thank you Richard! I will have to celebrate!

Please see the link to my blog post, 2012-international-women-s-day-atheist-women-courage-support …there are some courageous women out there, there are links. It is they that deserve thanks, …not me.

I'm surprised though that there was little attention aside from this thread and my blog post at this site. Especially with so many feminist sub-forums here. Maybe Michael OL is right about why.

I am just thanking you for the post ..jeesh

Steph, sorry you got the wrong impression, I wasn't trying to belittle you or seem ungrateful, if you got that impression, …please accept my sincere apology.

I'm Canadian, …I'm new to the US, it's just surprising to me how yesterday seemed to slip under the radar here. I wasn't implying you were at fault, nor was I implying anything negative at all. I just wanted to make sure you at least had the chance to see the rest of the post… I'm just a messenger, there were acts of extreme courage yesterday in places that if they find out identities, the punishment is death.

Sorry if I came across as being less than civil, it was not at all my intent (some of my reply was also to Michael OL and the thread in general).




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