Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Time And A Place

A blogger whose blog I follow posted today that she was offended at a political post she saw on Facebook. She feels that political opinions are inappropriate among friends. I respect her opinion but do not agree. It is fine with me if she chooses to ignore those whose political views are not the same as hers but I believe that in order to make informed choices I am much better equipped if I expose myself to all the sources available rather than just limit myself to those who say what I like to hear. This particular blogger has very pronounced opinions on a variety of subjects and has gotten her share of inevitable nasty comments as a result. Her reply, as it should be, has always been "screw you, it's my blog. If you don't like it, don't read it." Hear, hear!! In that spirit I submit the following political statement: I am appalled that in the 21st century, women are once again having to fight against the extremist right-wing in the United States of America for the right to obtain and use birth control. In this time and place no "employer" of any polical or religious persuasion should be allowed to deny me or any adult that, especially if that employer is receiving my tax dollars to help pay for my health care insurance. PERIOD.

11 comments:

Jennifer D said...

Amen Sister!!!

Angie said...

Hear ye, hear ye!! I cringe to think that we women would be forced backwards to a darker age and time in history.

ana s. said...

Another Amen.

Women should have the right and responsibility to control their bodies.

LizA. said...

And those same people who refuse to sell birth control have no qualms supplying men with those little blue pills.....

Lindah said...

Dear Julie,
I hear what you're saying. I am familiar with the blog you referenced and I read that post, also. While it is true that we need to be exposed to all kinds of information and beliefs as we make up our political decisions, I'll have to admit that I don't look for that exposure in the blogworld or facebook, etc. I get plenty of it elsewhere. I would like to think that we in the blogworld could communicate without overbearing comments. We each are entitled to our own opinions without the steamrolling I have seen in the past. Honey attracts more bees than redhot peppers. I'm just saying.

Normally, I would not comment here where political issues have been raised because that is not my interest in blogland, but quite frankly, your last post left a sour taste when I read it and I thought you might like to know. Perhaps I mis-read it? Too bad that tone of voice and body language do not convey on the internet. Now I will leave you all to your gentle political discussions. Best wishes to you, Julie.

Barb said...

I try not mix quilting with politics but I totally agree with you.
I had someone post something politically hateful on my blog - how sad. Can't we express our views without hate, judgement and recrimination?

Judy said...

I have to agree with Lindah's reply and I won't add much as she said it quite well. I don't read blogs for political content as I'm bombarded with that on a daily basis via newspaper/TV/radio. I read posts to meet creative people from all over the world and to see their work. I don't want to hear about their politics or religion. I want to see what they're creating! But like you so graphically pointed out, it's your blog and you can post about whatever you want. People can choose to not read it. I do.

Carla said...

I agree with Judy, I choose not to read your blog any longer.

Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

I agree - with you! I also think that if we do not want to hear or read something we have hands (and a mouse) to switch away from what we find unpleasant. I am saddened by the meanness and hatefulness and disrespect that people feel free to express (towards our president, as never before in our history) and towards each other, and especially when we are strangers to each other. Perhaps "we" might have become friends at another time and not hurled hateful insults at each other, since "we" are friends.

I have friends of various political and religious persuasions - but I don't have any friends that hurl insults and nasty words at each other or at me - I just don't participate in that and leave the scene (physically or on the web).

I had an experience just today on Facebook - I made a compasionate, kind hearted comment on a post and got attacked - ever so quickly. Basically I was told that love and kindness will never work in bringing up our kids - but instead I needed to "wake up" and realize that meanness, hostility, uncouth speech and violence will turn out kids who behave. All I can see is that it turns out kids who are mean, hostile, uncouth in their speech and violent - not what I ever wanted for my kids.

My "kids" are all grown now - and they radiate love and kindness toward others, which makes me and their father very proud of them - they all have strong views and opinions but choose not to hurl hatefulness at others.

Though I am not "religious", I am spiritual, and find that "Do unto others as you would have others do until you" fits very well in my life.

Thanks for letting me go on and on. (My word verification is "mouth" - appropriate? LOL

AnnieO said...

I believe I know the blogger of whom you speak and yes she does have some strong opinions. She's also funny and generous though I shake my head at some of the things that go on there! Anyway, public attacking and insulting and dirt digging has become ordinary and that is sad. I'll pass over posts and "jokes" that promote such aggressive views. I also agree women's reproductive rights should stay under their own control!

floribunda said...

I'm with you, Julie! I rarely post anything political on my blog but I do sometimes -- it's my blog and I can say what I want, even though it's not primarily a political blog...

I did stop reading a couple of quilters' blogs when their reactionary political
opinions "took over" -- but I don't argue with their desire to voice those opinions.

I'll definitely keep reading whatever you write!