Day 37: Oct. 11, 2013
One thing I love about Jane Eyre is how smart she is. She's seventeen years old and recognizes in herself the need to use her brain. And she understands that as a woman, she will not have much opportunity to interact with brain users in her lifetime and how this is unfortunate. It amazes me that in 2013, women are still working hard to convince the world that they need to be educated and contribute their thoughts and ideas to society.
I just watched the clip of Yousafzai Malala talking to Jon Stewart about her book, I am Malala, (which I haven't read,) about the non-education of women in Afghanistan. (She is the girl who was shot by the Taliban for standing up for her beliefs that girls should be allowed to go to school.) And the other day I was reading an interview of a man named Yuri Temerkanov, a Russian conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, who said this about women when asked if women should be conductors: "I don’t know if it’s God’s will, or nature’s, that women give birth and men do not. That’s something that no one takes offense at. But if you say that a woman can’t conduct, then everyone’s offended. As Marx said, in response to the question “What’s your favorite virtue in a woman?”—“Weakness.” And this is correct. The important thing is, a woman should be beautiful, likable, attractive. Musicians will look at her and be distracted from the music!"
So, this guy does not represent all of society's views about women and whether or not we should be educated and use our brains, but this is the situation. There are people, probably men and women who think along these lines. Someone needs to write the post about how giving birth and raising kids IS NOT FOR THE WEAK, and to actually raise a child to be an intelligent man or woman takes A LOT OF INTELLIGENCE.
Coffee Today: I made my own which was promptly dumped onto the couch by my child.
Cups and Bags Challenge: No news today. If you use your reusable cup to buy a drink, email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send a dollar to Bring Recycling.