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Why Now? A victim's reply

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I just had to comment on your writing. It is exactly the way I experienced it. I feel your anger and your pain because I carry it as well. I went into the workforce in 1970 during the 'mini' skirt era. My God, what is wrong with this country voting this disgusting old man into the presidency. He is the symbol of every gross encounter I have ever experienced.



 Comment Written 27-Mar-2018



reply by the author on 27-Mar-2018
    I'm of the same era. We both know what we went through and yes, indeed. Trump sits in my craw like foul vomit. I followed his career long before this election and there is nothing redeeming or the least but hopeful about this man.

    Thanks for touching base. Lets hope everyone survives--and never stops calling him on his crap.
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Congratulations for placing in the contest. I was involved in the women's movement, too, and it has been a long haul. Luckily things are changing for females, even though slowly. I do think it is important for us not to absolve ourselves from the equation, though. We have to take responsibility for our part in it as well or we will continue to hide behind victimization and that's an ugly place to be.

There may be a typo in Paragraph 10 from the top: "difficult traits to erase from social conscious." (consciousness OR conscience?)
Marilyn


 Comment Written 24-Mar-2018



reply by the author on 24-Mar-2018
    I've seen the pendulum swing from weakness to entitlement,social services abused and victimization elevated to an art form. It is up to women to call out the frauds without giving up the negligence and indifference. Thanks for the read.

reply by BeasPeas on 24-Mar-2018
    So true. Women ARE strong. We are not the weaklings that many would like to think. We cannot afford to perpetuate that fallacy and/or bash worthy men for the mistakes both genders have made. As grownups--respect begets respect. Congratulations again for your win.

reply by the author on 24-Mar-2018
    Always remember--you/me are part of the solution and damn, you're right, respect is the great equalizer.

reply by BeasPeas on 24-Mar-2018
    Well said! :)
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Exceptional. Great writing, my friend. I missed you when you were gone for a bit. I went to work in a factory in 1966 and can still recall the lewd remarks men made to me. I was a nice looking young woman of twenty years and I remember men saying they would like a piece of my ass, and other such remarks every time I walked by any of them. I complained to the foreman and he stated that boys will be boys so just ignore it. Nicely done.


 Comment Written 01-Feb-2018



reply by the author on 01-Feb-2018
    Yes, it's been about a year. My issues with my eyes have dominated, but I'm trying to fight back. Thanks for all the stars.
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Bravo. A great article with convincing arguments.

I may not have been a victim due to age and social environment, but I do have dear friends who went through a lot of abuse and humiliation to get a foot in. Your last paragraph particularly made an excellent conclusion:

This time, women are not marching alone. The millions who gathered all over the world on January 21st, 2017, walked beside men, holding the trusting hands of their children. And, though I refer to the Women's Liberation movement begun fifty years ago, it's worthy to note, one hundred years ago another generation of women fought for, and won the right to vote. Women intend to use their collective voices at every election. We will be heard.


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2018
    I think we all know someone who was victimized in different degrees. I'm so glad you escaped the effects . Thanks so much for reading.
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This is incredibly written, word for word, thought for thought I can sense your passion on the subject. I agree with everything you've written here.

I was raised in an Italian household in which my father ruled. But there were many times as I grew older he would rely on my mothers view and opinion. He wasn't rigid in his thinking, but flexible. Never did he raise a hand to her or us. I was fortunate in that regard. Those values are what I carry and part of who I am today... respectful to my wife, daughter and all women. As anyone, they have much to offer and need to be heard.

I thoroughly enjoyed your essay! Bravo!

John


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2018
    You are a very lucky man to have such a solid foundation, launchedd as an adult knowing you were loved and respected. It's a gift you pass on and is priceless. Thanks for sharing. I can tell you that the abuse I suffered BEGAN in the home. Shocking to discover there were others out there in the very freedom I sought. Lucky me, I also met some of the good guys. Thanks for reading.
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Hi Ingrid, this is an excellent essay saying what should be the obvious truth. I may have been privileged living in Denmark until 1992. In1975 we obtained equal pay for equal work between man a woman. What it meant was an instant pay rise of 20% from the beginning of that year. That was a lot of money. Great article you've written. All the best. Ulla;)))


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2018



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    20%! A small fortune. Thanks for reading.
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This is superbly written. Your passion for the topic come through loud and clear. I didn't see any spags, but you know me, I never do. You did a great job with this entry and I sincerely wish you all the best too.


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2018
    Thank you, for the stars and kind words.
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Well, Ingrid, it's certainly been quite awhile since I've been given an opportunity to read your writing.
Much the same could be said where my work and you're concerned. I can't even recall the last time.
In any event, I couldn't agree more with what you've stated here in your informative and well written essay.
Personally I have never thought as women as anything but equal. That goes for the workplace as well as home. In fact, I knew women who were so overqualified for some of the management positions they held it was ridiculous to think they wouldn't climb to the highest rungs of the corporate ladder. Yet time and time again the promotions to a higher plane of management went to men.
That's simply not fair no matter how you slice it.
I would also never degrade or belittle my integrity or that of a female co-workers by "hitting on" her, nor am I what anyone might call "flirtatious".
I think my conduct dealing with the myriad of female members here at FanStory speaks for itself.
~Dean


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2018
    Hi Dean; I can be sure you treated all females with respect. For men like you, it has been difficult to find out there are a whole lot of men who do bot share your views. Far less than the good guys, but their impavt on women's lives run doop.

    The women who were continually passed over for promotion noticed--you can bet on it.

    Thanks for trading and sharing your comments.

reply by Dean Kuch on 29-Jan-2018
    Sure, anytime...
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This is certainly worth a six. The topic of sexual harassment is a prime topic for discussion right now, and your comments are measured and sensible. Drawing on your own background adds to the interest. It is disgusting to hear of the list that grows longer and longer, of men in entertainment and government who have been sexual harassers for years. You present an excellent background of how women's entry into the workplace was received with low wages and harassment. For years, they were subjected to unwanted advances but often did nothing because they were afraid of losing their jobs. Especially good point about although women had equal rights under law, old attitudes and practices were hard to change. Best of luck in the contest. This sounds like it should climb to the top. judi


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2018
    There are very few women who can't relate to the picture I painted, especially of the era before HR departments and social correctness, Thank you very much for all the stars.

reply by judiverse on 28-Jan-2018
    You are so welcome. The termites are being exterminated. Sorry the women had to wait so long to speak up. judi
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Hi Ingrid,

This is a superbly written piece. I saw nothing that needed any technical attention at all, but you can also feel the passion for the topic come through loud and clear.

I grew up with a working mother in the seventies in Belfast which was no easy task for her. My father was at home due to a back injury before his death at 48.

I find it difficult to wrap my head around the whole thing. I guess it comes down to entitlement and fear, and I hope the tide has turned.

All the best
G


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2018
    Thank you so much for the stars. Your father's early death must have been so traumatic, especially for a young boy. As a single mom, I didn't share any of my struggles with my young son, but instead felt it was my absolute responsibility to raise a man to be respectful and self-sufficient, not needing a woman to essentially be the family maid. He learned how to do everything, but hey, that didn't stop him from marrying a nasty woman--who abandoned my son and their children.

    Yeah, U had a little help with the edits. LOL. Thanks again.
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