For the last week and a half, we’ve been mourning the loss of 17 in south Florida. And we’ve been reminded of those we lost in Columbine, and Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas, and Texas, and Orlando, and countless other places. Senseless losses that should capture our attention and strengthen our determination to solve the problems that led us there, to keep it from happening again.
But in the ‘short attention span theatre’ that is the 21st century news cycle, the cause just before Parkland was #MeToo and #TimesUp, the social movement that is calling out sexism and misogyny. It’s been posited that every woman you know, along with many men, has her own Me Too story. I know I do. Maybe one day I’ll write about it.
It’s astounding, really, that for so long we’ve all excused sexual predation as ‘locker room talk’ and ‘boys being boys’. Clue: It’s NOT okay. It NEVER was.
I’m hopeful that now that the dialogue has begun, it will continue, that we’ll move forward more enlightened, treating EVERYONE with respect and compassion. EVERYONE. Now that we’re woke, let’s stay woke, amen?
I heard this song, Female by Keith Urban, the other day, and it touched my heart. I’m including the official lyric version, too, because words are important.
I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Be sure to honor the women in your life, and hug the people you love. Happy Saturday night!