Month: March 2012

International Women’s Day!

I am a little late posting today. Nevertheless, Happy International Women’s Day! If it is any consolation for my tardiness, I did mention this on Facebook. So, to all of my beautiful humans bearing two X chromosomes, enjoy this day for yourself. Better yet, take an early weekend! To everyone else, go hug your mother, sister, girlfriend, boss, doctor, teacher, best friend, or any other special woman in your life. We girls could use it, especially in times like these.

Women's International League, 5/1/22

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We Need A Hero

“We Need a Hero”

Back in November, the Occupy/99% movement gained momentum on the campus of UC-Davis. Although a movement with political roots, the face of this movement has been generation Y. Even if one does not agree with the protests, the vast majority of those involved are peaceful and nonviolent in their actions. With this in mind, the events that occurred on the campus of UC-Davis were seen as unacceptable.

Eleven protestors (all college aged) were pepper sprayed in the face and on the body for reasons unclear; they were not resisting arrest, they were non-violent, and they were not disturbing the general peace. Although not every protest has been as peaceful in its intentions, this group was not blocking a major intersection or interfering with bank business. These were simply fed-up members of generation Y taking a stand.

Why am I bringing up this “old news” now? Because no one else is and it is Super Tuesday. Over the past few months, political gun shots have been taken at everyone from those on public assistance, those in college, those that went to college, those that didn’t go to college, minorities, women, and just about anyone that does not represent the person making the comment.

It was last week, however, when obscene comments were made by Rush Limbaugh about Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student, that the gun shots turned to grenades. (I do not wish to repeat the words or the story here, so if you are unfamiliar, running a search for “Sandra Fluke” will get you an ear full).

Listening to the conversation that has been generated in the media, there is a bullet point that stands out the most: who will be the leader for this generation? It is only within reason when one takes a deeper look into the issues surrounding the elections this year that this would be a question asked by generations above us. Reproductive rights and student loan debt are hardly the issues a fifty-something man would be best equipped to discuss with passion. However, this is what we see when we look out to the political landscape; middle-aged, financially stable men telling a generation of young people how best to live their lives and attempting to make such advice law. As I continue to listen to the rhetoric, I am oddly reminded of the original Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. Yes, I said it. If you are a member of this generation you should remember this campy, feel good show and its wonderfully catchy tunes such as “We need a hero” by Ron Wasserman. (uploaded here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kapmx8Ecza8)

It is in the words of this song that I see the reasons behind generation Y’s passion for these movements and issues.  We are looking for a hero to change the world into the nostalgic dream of good triumphing against evil that we remember from our comics and superheroes. We see ourselves on the threshold of leadership and the realization of this dream, yet we are constantly met with opposition. It seems that we continue to reach out to the generations above us for recognition and reassurance only to pull back an empty hand. I can only hope that as we age and get closer to the time when we can take offices such as Senate and even President, we will find a hero that will understand this fight. I hope that we let not age bring arrogance, but wisdom and understanding of the generation behind ourselves. For now, we must keep dreaming of this world where all is good.  However, instead of looking for a hero, it is time for us to become the heroes for the generations behind us.

For those to lazy to listen to the link, here are the words:

“We Need A Hero” by Ron Wasserman

No, we cannot see/Who are we to look to         

No, we cannot hear/What is to believe in        

And we keep dreaming of a world where all is good     

So we were told, “We need a hero”  

And we keep dreaming of a time

Where good is all that we can find

We need a…hero

 

No we cannot tell/Who’s the one to lead us

But you know that we’ll be there

Waiting for them to find us.

And we keep dreaming of a world where all is good

So we were told, “We need a hero”       

And we keep dreaming of a time

Where good is all that we can find

We need a…hero