Monday, December 14, 2009

To the men I love...

My kids say, "Mom hates men."

The marriage therapist, Dr. Richard Friedman, asks, "Do you have a problem with men?"

My answer: No.

I have a keen appreciation of the effects of men's control of human government and institutions over the past several millennia.

I have a radar that alerts me to patriarchal males on my horizon. That is, I notice statements and behaviors that indicate a man wants to control women or does not consider them his equal.

Finally, I have an inclination to speak and act on what I notice. With the authority of 61 years on the face of this earth, I am no longer intimidated by propriety.

"Life doesn't frighten me at all," as Maya Angelou says in her poem.

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