Archive | November 6, 2012

I voted – Have you?

This morning I presented myself at the polling place and was cheered to see a very long line and poll opening. It always scares me a little when you go in and you are the only one there.

I have voted in every major election and almost all the smaller ones I have ever been eligible for. I skip a couple of city school board ones in Pasadena because I wasn’t informed enough to vote. 18 year olds got the right to vote for President in 1972 and because of the ways California’s voting registration are set up I got to vote on June 6, 1972 four days after my 18th birthday. I’m sad to say I voted for Nixon but we all make mistakes.

My grandmother was someone that believed that women could do anything and she graduated from what is now UCLA in 1910 way before women got the vote. I would never let her down by not voting.

My parents took us with them to vote and emphasized that you couldn’t complain about how things are unless you bothered to vote in the first place. I just heard some stupid woman boasting in the lunch room that she never voted. She is a naturalized citizen from the Philippines and I could only think, why did you bother to become a citizen and take that difficult test if you weren’t going to exercise the right to vote been this is a stupid person anyway who always uses the disabled toilet and isn’t disabled and thinks it’s funny when she finds me waiting for her to get out. I doubt she cares about anyone but herself.

Voting and jury duty are the only two things the government demands of us. I’ll probably never serve jury duty because I’ve been a hearing rep but I can vote and I did today. And Barack Obama better win or I may be moving back home to Canada and I hate snow.


Feminist Philosophers

From my Facebook newsfeed: a pamphlet urging men to vote no on women’s suffrage, and a plea to Minnesota voters on the marriage amendment:

vote no on women's suffrage


The history of humankind is a history laced with the impulsion to resist the truth when it threatens the status quo–to resist the testimony of the disenfranchised when its acceptance would upset our view of the world. We resisted the notion that women ought to be treated as persons rather than property. We resisted the notion that denying women an education or the right to vote was an affront to equality. We resisted the notion that even slavery was discriminatory. We resisted the notion that separate was unequal. We resisted the notion, even before the Civil Rights Act, that blacks were treated unequally in our society. In the face of this stunning history of ignorance of what justice calls for — of the true experiences…

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