Topic: In Favor of Feminism: Share Your Views

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Posted on: Jul 13, 2021 10:13AM - edited Jul 14, 2021 04:48AM by divinemrsm

Posted on: Jul 13, 2021 10:13AM - edited Jul 14, 2021 04:48AM by divinemrsm

divinemrsm wrote:

I'm starting this thread for those of us who support feminism and its beliefs, so we can exchange thoughts, ideas, inspiration, frustrations, personal stories, news stories, famous people stories, memes, book & video recommendations and other matters pertaining to women's equality.

Here's a general definition of feminism: the belief in full social, economic, and political equality and opportunities for all genders. It's about respecting diverse women's experiences, identities, knowledge and strengths, and striving to empower all women to realise their full rights.

[[****Edited to add: The above description is taken from several websites and aligns with my personal view of what feminism means to me. You may have other thoughts. What does feminism mean to you? Please feel free to discuss.]]

Only in the last ten years or so have my eyes been open to the patriarchal world we live in. Since then, I'm continually aware of the many women (including from this forum and also myself) who've been conditioned (by society, religion, family tradition, etc.) to prioritize others before themselves; to take on a "less than" persona, to minimize themselves and their contributions. As women, we need to recognize our value individually and collectively, advocate for ourselves and treat ourselves with the same care and loving-kindness with which we treat others.

Please honor the spirit of the thread. It's not for opposing views. The intention is for those of us with similar views on feminism to have a space to gather, share insights and find support. I feel I will have a lot to contribute. Will you join me?


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Jul 21, 2021 01:09PM trishyla wrote:

I like that one, Serenity. I have been very impressed by what she's planning to do with her share of their fortune.

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Jul 21, 2021 08:21PM 2019whatayear wrote:

serenity I saw that on Twitter and thought of this threas

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Jul 22, 2021 04:50AM - edited Jul 22, 2021 04:52AM by divinemrsm

Yes, the philanthropy of MacKenzie, who now goes by the last name of Scott which was her middle name, was trending while her ex was heading to space. She is the third-wealthiest woman in the world, and the 21st-wealthiest individual in the world.

She has a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University (1992) where she studied under the Nobel Laureate in Literature Toni Morrison, who described MacKenzie as "one of the best students I've ever had in my creative writing classes". Mackenzie is an author of 2 books.

To be fair, there's some criticism of Scott's philanthropy methods, certain conflicts of interest, you can look it up if you want specifics. But also to be fair, her divorce from Jeff was only in 2019, so she's basically very new in her charitable giving. She’s remarried to a high school chemistry teacher, Dan Jewett. She and her husband issued a statement saying they looked forward to working together to give to deserving organizations. To date, recipients have been “non-profit organizations with a focus on racial equality, LGBTQ+ equality, democracy, and climate change. Her gifts to HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and other colleges surpass $800 million. She's also donated to organizations with a focus on providing support to people affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing long-term systemic inequities". (info from Wikipedia).




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Jul 22, 2021 04:54AM divinemrsm wrote:

NPR Article:

MacKenzie Scott Is Giving Away Another $2.7 Billion To 286 Organizations

Laurel Wamsley June 15, 20215:01 PM ET

MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is shown here in 2018. The billionaire philanthropist has so far given away more than $8 billion of her fortune in three rounds of funding.

Saying that she's troubled by the increasing concentration of wealth, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott says she is giving away another $2.7 billion of her fortune to 286 nonprofit organizations.

Scott, who divorced from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2019, made the announcement in a blog post on the website Medium. She has so far given away more than $8 billion in three rounds of funding revealed in the same manner. Her net worth is estimated to be nearly $60 billion.

In her divorce from Bezos, Scott received a 4% stake in Amazon. But shares of the company's stock rose sharply during the pandemic, and despite giving away billions, Scott's wealth keeps growing. Her net worth, estimated at $36.1 billion in October 2019, has increased by some $23 billion since then.

Scott is now married to Seattle teacher Dan Jewett. Jewett joined Scott in signing the Giving Pledge, a commitment by wealthy individuals to give away a majority of their money.

In her blog post, Scott describes systemic societal inequities and her belief that giving money to organizations directly working with communities in need is the way her wealth can be put to use, saying that she, her husband and her staff and advisers "are all attempting to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change."

"In this effort, we are governed by a humbling belief that it would be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a small number of hands, and that the solutions are best designed and implemented by others," Scott wrote. "Though we still have a lot to learn about how to act on these beliefs without contradicting and subverting them, we can begin by acknowledging that people working to build power from within communities are the agents of change. Their service supports and empowers people who go on to support and empower others."

Scott says that she and her organization spent the first quarter of 2021 identifying and researching equity-oriented nonprofit organizations working in neglected and underfunded areas.

The recipients span from institutions of higher education and arts and culture, to organizations fighting poverty, working on interfaith issues and building community engagement.

Like the $4 billion Scott gave to 384 organizations in the last four months of 2020, the donations are unrestricted, so recipients can use the money as they see fit. "Many reported that this trust significantly increased the impact of the gift," Scott wrote.

Calling the donations to individual organizations "relatively large," Scott described the new cash as a means to do more good work with less financial stress.

"These are people who have spent years successfully advancing humanitarian aims, often without knowing whether there will be any money in their bank accounts in two months. What do we think they might do with more cash on hand than they expected? Buy needed supplies. Find new creative ways to help. Hire a few extra team members they know they can pay for the next five years. Buy chairs for them. Stop having to work every weekend. Get some sleep," Scott suggested.

This is an unusual approach to philanthropy

Scott's approach to philanthropy is unusual in a number of ways. She doesn't appear to have a website. There is no evident mechanism by which organizations can apply for donations. Scott prefers simply to announce via blog post the organizations she has chosen for her next multibillion-dollar giveaway.

Scott's post lists all the recipients but doesn't state the amount of money they've been granted. However, some organizations have revealed how much money they'll receive.

The president of the University of Central Florida said his institution will receive $40 million – the largest donation in the university's history. "Their gift enables us to increase our impact for generations of students and inspires others to invest in building the future of America," he wrote.

Florida International University is receiving the same amount.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is also receiving $40 million, which its president called "completely transformational." The university said Scott and Jewett "were drawn to UTSA because of the university's strong commitment to create pathways to success for students from communities with significant educational attainment and income disparities" as well is its commitment to serving Latino students.

Long Beach City College, in California, thanked Scott for $30 million — also the single largest donation in its history.

Chuck Collins, director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, said at the time of Scott's last round of donations that she was "putting to shame the other 650 U.S. billionaires who haven't [figured] out comparable ways to boldly share."

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Jul 22, 2021 05:03AM divinemrsm wrote:

Here are a few pages from the book, "The Trouble with Women", described by Amazon as a feminist's brilliant, tongue-in-cheek, 'hysterical' look at women's "issues," "frailties," and "failures" in our not-so-distant history.


















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Jul 22, 2021 05:08AM divinemrsm wrote:

















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Jul 22, 2021 09:12AM magiclight wrote:

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Jul 22, 2021 08:56PM miriandra wrote:

I know rockets need to be a certain shape for the aerodynamics to successfully launch, but Blue Origin looks way more phallic than it probably needed to.

Blue Origin by Jeff Bezos Successfully Launches Spaceflight

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Jul 22, 2021 09:34PM miriandra wrote:

A friend sent me a fascinating article about gender biases in archeology.

Opinion | Archaeology Has a Problem With Females and Figurines in Israel and the Levant

The gist is that thousands upon thousands of female nude figurines have been assumed in mass to be fertility figures or charms to support childbirth. This is despite:

* almost all figures that actually depict a pregnant or nursing woman are depicted clothed

* nude figures of men are believed simply to celebrate the male figure, and are not thought to be related to male fertility cultism

* erotic art from the era is graphic and bold, not coy

The author posits that women are more than conduits for childbirth. She sees these figurines as proof that ancient women saw themselves as creatures as worthy of glorification as men.


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Jul 23, 2021 05:32AM - edited Jul 23, 2021 05:33AM by divinemrsm

Miriandra, that is an interesting and insightful article. I only have a casual knowledge about ancient nude female figurines and yet it does seem like they always come with some “fertility" description.

The article also makes this point:

“Basically, as far as these scholars are concerned, and despite a plethora of scholarship over the past 20 years showing otherwise, the female body is something a man has sex with to get a child. The female body is a monolithic object resisting change over the course of millennia, throughout multiple ancient societies, and in spite of a considerable degree of variation in presentation (lions, babies, etc.).

This is not how we approach the naked male body. In Mesopotamia we see that the naked male is probably a cult functionary or a defeated captive, while in Egypt a naked man at work just depicts daily reality; in Greece the "heroic" nude is a manifestation of perfection. The naked male body does not relate to how it might be of use to a woman. Such is not the case for naked women."

It also goes on to mention that, for example, in the case of female nude figures holding drum-like discs, ethnic identity or military victory representation are not even considered.



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