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Sep. 30th, 2018

Mrs. Hare V. 2.0 a/k/a my first husband’s second wife, sent me a note about the Great Facebook Female Blackout today.

It’s a protest against domestic violence.

Wotthell! I thought. Who can be in favor of domestic violence?

I blacked out my profile pic.

Meanwhile, I’m jonesing for the next installment of The Young and the Kavanaugh (™ [profile] lifeinroseland), so there can be no question of staying off Facebook: I have to alienate all my left-leaning friends with rants about lines in the sand, opportunistic politicians, and howling monkeys who stand on either side, hurling feces at each other.

Hey! My efforts are succeeding! I’d be a fool to stop now!

Anyway, it’s quite amusing to read the reactions to the Great Facebook Female Blackout:

ALL the women who I know who are sending me, and posting, this blackout notice are white straight (or straight-appearing) women, sniffs one woman. And ALL the women, with no exception, who I know who aren't into protesting this way, are WOC, queer, disabled, and/or otherwise part of marginalized community wherein even one day of silence and invisibility, even virtually as a protest, feels anathema, as silence and invisibility have been our default.

(That “our” would be pretty funny if you knew this woman.)

This immediately devolves into a flame war: Well, I got the invite from a trans woman! So there!

It’s the type of pussy protest that appeals to Privilege!

Our enemies want our silence! Our silence and our obedience!

If it’s somebody’s baby step into activism, go for it. I guess.

Yada, yada, yada.

I had to laugh.

People will fight to the death about anything.



I went to the Garlic Festival in Saugerties yesterday.

It was… a Garlic Festival. Lots of stuff with garlic in it.

Met up with Mister and Missus [personal profile] lookfar, who are just as delightful as you'd suspect they'd be. Repaired afterwards to my neighborhood Mexican place for dinner. [personal profile] lookfar is fully my equal in the articulate chatter department.

Today, I’m registering voters for four hours in downtown Poughkeepsie, but I really have to do some revenue generation, too.

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Sep. 30th, 2018 09:16 pm (UTC)
I ended up not doing the blackout. I saw the message just as I was leaving to go sing at church and didn't have time to figure out how to black out my photo, but after considering it more, I decided not to do it. protesting via facebook doesn't seem to do much good. I've done it before but I find myself wondering what difference it ever made, if any. It also kind of bothers me that some causes gain more traction than others. Why did I change my photo for equality years ago but not for domestic violence? Why did so many friends change their photos in reaction to terrorism in Paris but not in other places? On and on. It stresses me out to have to think about it all. But if someone didn't change their photo, I never assumed that they were unsympathetic to a particular cause. So.

Almost daily I feel like posting on facebook: TMI! TMI!! too much information all the time.
Then again, I am still on facebook. I guess I get something out of it.

Edited at 2018-09-30 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2018 08:58 am (UTC)
To be perfectly honest, if my first husband's current wife hadn't sent me the request, I probably wouldn't have done it. :-)

But extended family, doncha know. She and I actually stopped talking for a year when I refused to vote for Hillary Clinton in the last Presidential election. Once the rift was mended, I was left with this need to placate. :-)
Sep. 30th, 2018 09:46 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's some pricey garlic! I use a lot of garlic, but I get that amount for about 50 cents. Well, the produce situation has been dire in the US for many years.
Oct. 1st, 2018 09:02 am (UTC)
I guess, it's gourmet garlic. Hybrid strains. I didn't buy any.

Regular garlic is really pricey here too, though. And will be getting pricier because it's all grown in China now, so tariffs

Used to be that CA was the world producer of garlic. Gilroy, which is very close to where I used to live. One of the producers—Christopher Farms—went rogue, started importing Chinese garlic, undersold the other garlic farms, with the result that the center of agricultural production shifted.
Oct. 1st, 2018 03:55 am (UTC)
Yeh, I try not to do the kind of clicktivism that I'm ashamed of because it's so ridiculously easy.
Oct. 1st, 2018 08:54 am (UTC)
Do you then spend huge chunks of yr time writing jargony rants about the deluded women who are doing it? :-)

'Cause that was what happening. :-)
Oct. 1st, 2018 02:30 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha ha, nah. I really try to just move on from foolishness because I've got my own to deal with. It's well meant, so there's not much to say. Let's save our ire for really terrible actions.
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