- hatred (the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action)
- misogyny, (hatred of women)
UPDATE - December 17, 2008: As of yesterday 51 Percent become a legal entity, incorporated in our nation's capital. This means that 51 Percent can now accept donations that are tax-deductible. The best method for that for now would be to remit a check payable to 51 Percent, and mail it to the organization's headquarters at 2118 Bancroft Place NW, Washington DC 20008. Your canceled check will serve as your receipt for tax purposes for now.
Due to the
support this blog has received over the past few days, I have been able
to retain a web designer, who is steeply discounting fees, to help
create a website home for 51 Percent. Once the website is up and running, it will have a section just for Friends of 51 Percent.
The goal of being truly operational during January 2009 seems within range. When in January depends upon how much sleep I sacrifice, whether support for this blog continues, and of course factors beyond any of our control.
Bookmark this post to check back for further updates on the organizational progress of 51 Percent. If you have even $5.10 to help with start-up expenses, supporting this blog will move the process along. (I'm trying to keep start up legal fees, publicity, and web site development to under ten thousand total; the blog has brought in about $3000 so far, enabling movement on all three fronts.)
I have initiated a new project, 51 Percent. This will be a non-profit educational organization designed to teach people what misogyny is, why it is different from sexism, how it relates to hateful conduct. On the affirmative side 51 Percent will promote the aspiration of having women occupy 51 percent of all areas in civil society (not just politics, but the workplace (and not just high level or white collar jobs but all jobs), the arts, every media institution, etc.) I believe that 51 percent representation - proportional to the presence of women in the general population - is the most expedient antidote to the prevalence of misogynist conduct and its current social acceptability.
Imagine a world where 51 percent of train conductors were women and 49 percent were men; 51 percent of physicians were women and 49 per cent were men; 51 percent of sculptors women, 49 percent men. 51 percent of legislatures and judiciaries were composed of women, 49 percent men. 51 percent of school boards, 51 percent of little league coaches, 51 percent of knitting clubs women; 49 percent men. Just thinking this way begins to transform the way we see the world.
I will be writing a series of posts here on Heidi Li's Potpourri introducing and elaborating the ideas mentioned above. I intend to fully incorporate 51 Percent by January 1 at the latest. I intend work on this project for the next 51 years, at least, assuming I make it to my nineties.
Anybody who cares to help raise start-up funds - even five dollars at a time - can gift the money in support of this blog. Just use the button below. But please do not put yourself under financial pressure. Whenever I have raised funds I have tried to be straightforward as to how urgent the need is. Right now the urgency here is medium. I'd like to raise enough money via this blog to finance some of 51 Percent's start up costs - but I will finance those costs myself if necessary. It saves time if I can raise the money via blogging but my commitment to 51 Percent and to fifty-one percent and teaching people that misogyny is not funny or cute or charming is timeless. Thank you, again, to those who are standing with me and with one another to work toward 51 Percent.
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