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January 07, 2009


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It is less than 24 hours ago that I watched, again, "goodby Bafana", an extraordinary movie about Mandela's long year racist prison guard from Robbin Island up to Mandela's release from prison. The change in this guard's understanding of normal politics and blind trusteeship towards the then current system of apartheid to emancipate himself and learn independent thinking, through the influence of Nelson Mandela, and their ensueing friendship, is extraordinary. I can only recommend watching this excellent portrait of an intra-personal metamorphosis.


By the time I read this at TC the comments were closed. Just wanted to tell you this is a wonderful essay, thank you.


This is very important for all women to take to heart. We should never be satisfied with the "breadcrumbs" from the table of our "favorite son". Obama has already shown himself incapable of appreciating the human rights struggles of women for a larger share of the pie that he now owns wholesale. Having drunken misogynist punkboy Jon Favreau next door (marked "Director, Speechwriters to Prez") to Obama's should be of grave concern to all women who have chosen to work for Him and for those who haven't. Favreau has insulted, degraded and diminished the Office of the Secretary of State and, by implication, Obama himself and the country he represents. To have promoted this xeroxed scribe rather than kick Jonny's sexist posterior out of the office and into the unemployment lines, where he truly belongs, Obama has made one of the most erroneous judgments in his phenomenally ambitious jump to the White House. And delivered simultaneously a thunderish slap to the face of all women, including his own two girls and wife, as well as to his country. Shame on him.


Well said, Heidi Li. There is a new movement afoot that has the potential of propelling women to greater equality, led in part by you. Thank you.

I, however, do feel that we stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. The woman's suffrage movement and the second wave of feminism. I think it would be empowering to remember and emulate the women who have come before us as well as the male champions you mention. Even if that brings us dangerously close to those women who drank the Kool-Aid and are in danger of being permanently derailed.

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