A few blogs that I read have what they call “Wordless Wednesday” where they just post a bunch of pictures. I get annoyed by this. I enjoy pictures, but I prefer the words…so I’m instituting Wordy Wednesday on my blog! (Okay, not actually, as this is a quick post.)
I finished Sense and Sensibility the other day so I’ve moved onto my next book for the month, The Warmth of Other Suns: America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. So far it’s a fascinating read. I found a little article on the book and the author that you might find interesting.
Growing up in the south in the 80’s racial divides were still very strong and it’s awful to think of how much worse people were treated not that long before. I know our country has come a long way, but we are not out of the woods yet. I also think of the various other ways we divide people—not just black and white, but by religion, by income, by GENDER, by sexual orientation.
I capitalized gender because I feel that is a great divide that still isn’t given enough attention. As women: We are treated as sex objects first and human beings second more often than not. We aren’t trusted to know what is best for our own bodies. We are paid less for the same work…we are still expected to do most of the childrearing and housework yet also work full time outside the home…for less pay. We are treated as if there is something wrong with us if we aren’t married with children. We rarely have leadership positions in companies or in the government…probably because we are considered to be less intelligent than men. Or perhaps because we are then looked down upon, if we don’t spend enough time with our families. I know we women have it better now that our mothers did, but I get worried sometimes that things will be taken away from us. Anytime you take something for granted or forget history you risk making mistakes and taking steps backwards.
That’s just some of the things I was thinking about…
Oh, and I finished my 10 mile run! Just around 2 hours 15 minutes…nice and slow. Now my ribs and hamstrings hurt from yesterday’s workout and my legs are ridiculously tired. Good times!