Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump for President

I posted the following comments on various journalists’ blogs on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 27, 2016:

“Last night, Trump’s closing words were: ‘If Hillary were a man, I doubt that she would get even 5% of the vote. . . .’  That, of course, implies that Hillary should be aspiring to be a man because men are innately superior to women.  And, of all the men alive, I (Trump) am the top dog.

The thing is, Hillary’s vision and imagination and pragmatism take her into the future, with the evolution of humankind, in which collaboration, communication, nurturing of all people, serving the people, etc. – all traditional female roles – will emerge into the future as necessary traits for leadership on the world’s stage.

One day, even while I live, I hope not only to see the first woman President of the United States of America, but I hope that most men in the United States will applaud Hillary Clinton for being the Woman that she is – President of the United States, a person of this nation’s and this planet’s evolutionary future.”


Also:

“Let us never forget that we will have U. S. Supreme Court Justices appointed either by Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.  Those appointees will determine critical issues for our future, such as a woman’s right to choose and the continuing civil rights for various minority groups, well into the 21st century.

Also, let us not forget that whoever wins in the November Presidential election will probably usher in either Democrats or Republicans, down party, into the U. S. Congress and into state legislatures throughout the nation.  That decision, too, will determine America’s trajectory for the future and whether our nation will continue to be admired by, and a model for, other nations throughout our planet.”

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Also:

“Notice why Thomas Jefferson appealed to lawmakers to ensure an educated populace which would ensure the continuance of our Democratic-Republic:

See the irony:  It has been the Republican economic ideology of the past 40 years which has brought America to this present unequal state of income distribution, and has demoralized the American masses, as a result.

Since the large majority of those masses of Americans are relatively uneducated, they do not see that they will be voting for Republican Donald Trump, over Democrat Hillary Clinton, and that it has been the present Republican Party which got them into their present financial stress.  For some reason, they trust Donald Trump’s unorthodox ways.  They are like uneducated sheep being led to the slaughter, imo.  We must never fail to educate the public as to what is really going on.  We elected as our President a well-educated black man who knew well what I am talking about.  Let us now elect a well-educated woman as our next President.  Hillary, too, chosen by Obama, knows well what I am talking about.”

 


Also:

“Obama has redirected that mistaken trajectory for America, as well as he could have.  Redirecting that misguided, hierarchical trajectory for America has probably been Obama’s greatest foreign policy goal as well as accomplishment, in terms of at least attempting to demonstrate to this world a better way of solving world conflicts.  Hillary understands well what Obama was attempting to do as she was his Ambassador throughout the world in establishing friendships of foreign leaders throughout the world.

With Trump, the trajectory of America’s foreign policy with the world community will make a U-turn to the worship of power through force and hierarchy, once again, rather than through egalitarianism of belief and building trust, not fear, among nations and among the people of this world.

Our nation has a brutal and polarized difference of worldviews for our future.  That future is in our hands.  We must choose wisely.  Trump’s ideas or Obama’s/Hillary’s.

 Another poster’s comments:

 

Mary Elizabeth to Poster:

“Those facts you presented are only the tip of the iceberg of the philosophy behind the vision of Barack Obama for our world, as the Nobel Peace Prize Committee well understood in 2009.”

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Also:

“Bernie Sanders was asked by a TV commentator this afternoon, ‘Is Hillary Clinton smart?’

Bernie responded, ‘Oh my, God yes, Hillary’s smart.  She’s VERY smart!’

Another poster:

 “He returned the favor for her support of him last night.”

 

Mary Elizabeth to the other poster:

 


This morning, Donald was complaining to Joe and Mika about how Hillary “yelled” her speech last night.  She did not yell it.  I heard it in full.  She very much got across the point, however,  that she would not be cowered by Trump’s trying to say she is playing the Woman Card. “If getting higher pay and equal rights for women is playing the Woman Card, then DEAL ME IN,” she said in her most forceful voice – to let Trump know that there was NO WAY she would be intimidated by him.  Thus, his pathetic response.

Frankly, Hillary has the kind of mental stamina and ferocious tenacity that my maternal grandmother, who lived to be 95 years old, had, and I SO admire that in any person, especially in any woman.

Donald has met his match in Hillary.”

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Also:

Another poster to Mary Elizabeth:

“hey ME, see this pushback on the ‘Hils is the hawkiest hawk running’ bizness from Vox? Might find it of interest.”

http://www.vox.com/2016/4/27/11504272/hillary-clinton-hawk

Mary Elizabeth’s Response to that poster:“Thank you for sharing that article with me.  That is exactly the kind of nuanced thinking/writing which I enjoy reading.

An additional factor to consider when we share ideas is that we must compare and contrast – to whatever degree we are comfortable engaging – in order to communicate our thoughts as effectively as possible to others.  However, real life does not operate so neatly.  I believe that is why I enjoy fine movies.  So much is communicated in nuances that do not even involve words, themselves, but the viewer of the film can almost read the multitude of thoughts, emotions, and decisions which constantly impact another’s consciousness simply through close observation of the actor’s body language and facial expressions, which stem from the mind, itself.

I see Hillary, and most people, in the second way of perceiving reality, especially (not charts of comparing and contrasting but through observation of multilayers and shades of being) and that is why I encourage others to think with as much depth as possible and to avoid stereotypical thinking, which is surface and shallow thinking, and thereby dangerous thinking.

I think that Obama has a more futuristic vision, like Jefferson, for humanity than does Hillary but I think that they also are on the same trajectory toward that end.  Eight years ago, I thought that Obama should become President first so that he could inspire and model for Hillary in those visionary ways which come natural to his mind and his thinking.  It mattered not, in their case, that Obama was younger, the point was who was more visionary.  Hillary will be a much better President in her 70s than she would have been in her 60s.  She ages beautifully, and I do not mean simply physically, of course, but in terms of her humanity.  That is why to label stringently, like a formula, a person’s past actions, present thinking, present actions as if one can size up another human being by formula is faulty in design.  Hillary wants to break through barriers which hold each person in America (yea, the world) back, and I want to break through all given intellectual barriers which hold thinking back, as a teacher.

Thank you again.  I respect that writer and I respect his thinking.  I will save your link to that article for further study.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and Saving the Union

MaryElizabethSings  on Jay Bookman’s blog, 4/25/16:  (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/04/25/lets-give-a-new-meaning-to-confederate-memorial-day/

” . . .I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty (to save the Union first), and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men, everywhere, could be free. Yours,

A. LINCOLN.”

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Lincoln’s statement, above, which you (fellow poster) posted in full,* is a prime example of a man of high intellect who could put seeming paradoxes, together, in his mind simultaneously.

I would further speculate that Lincoln, in his official duty, recognized that he must first save the Union, and he had faith that the slavery issue, of which he was opposed, would resolve itself in time in that Union, which he had saved.  Being however a pragmatic and visionary politician, he later realized that it was to be he who was to be the direct instrument of God’s will in doing away with slavery, altogether, in our Union, and he made sure that that happened with the signing of the Amendment to our Constitution which freed all of America’s slaves, 8 months after he had been assassinated.


*”WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 1862.   *

Hon. Horace Greeley:

DEAR SIR: I have just read yours of the 19th, addressed to myself through the New-York Tribune. If there be in it any statements or assumptions of fact which I may know to be erroneous, I do not now and here controvert them. If there be in it any inferences which I may believe to be falsely drawn, I do not now and here argue against them. If there be perceptible in it an impatient and dictatorial tone, I waive it in deference to an old friend, whose heart I have always supposed to be right.

As to the policy I “seem to be pursuing,” as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt.

I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time save Slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy Slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy Slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. What I do about Slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save this Union, and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views. I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty, and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men, everywhere, could be free. Yours,

A. LINCOLN.”

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Tribute to My Father

Today on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog, I posted the following words in tribute to my late father, who died on February 15, 2000:

“Here is a mysterious coincidence which occurred on my blog this morning.  The anonymous reader of my blog also* read the following entry I had made in 2011, entitled ‘A Wind Is Rising. . .’ which I could have dedicated to my deceased father because he is the person who had introduced me to novelist Thomas Wolfe’s words, which I post in this entry.

With my innately mystical leanings, I could not help but speculate if my own father’s spirit is the anonymous reader of my blog, who keeps one step ahead of me with my former writings.  My father was blessed with a photographic memory, which I do not have, and he could contain all of my writings on my blog in his head at once, unlike myself.  If that anonymous reader of my blog is my own father, I give you a public tip of the hat from the other side, Dad, with my thanks!”

https://maryelizabethsings.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/a-wind-is-rising/

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A few years ago, I wrote the following published tribute for my father for a Father’s Day layout, which was contributed by citizens to a local paper.  My entry, with photograph of my father and myself as a toddler, was entitled, “You were a giant of a man in my eyes.”  Here it is, republished for readers of my blog:

“My father passed away at 80 on February 15, 2000. Here is what I would tell my father if I had the chance:

I want you to know that I love you from the bottom of my heart; that I am proud of your accomplishments, your vision and creativity.

Above all, I want you to know that I am grateful to you for teaching me to be true to myself, to respect the power of the written word, to use whatever gifts I possess to bring light – not heat – into this world, and to love others unconditionally.

You were a giant of a man in my eyes.  If the world failed to see it, it was their loss.  I love you, Daddy.”

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*The word “also” refers to my blog entry of 2012, entitled “A Growing Egalitarianism” – link, https://maryelizabethsings.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/the-growing-egalitarianism-14-2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hillary Destined to be U. S. President

I posted the following thoughts on Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist and blogger, Jay Bookman’s blog this evening, April 20, 2016:

I just returned from having seen the film “Eye in the Sky” with Helen Mirren and the late actor Alan Rickman.
I want to urge every person to see this movie before you vote for President of the United States.  The President of the United States must have a core of steel with nerves of steel, a high intelligence, an intelligence of balance and sharpness of nuance on Day 1 – no time to waste on on the job training for how to see nuances.  The President also must have compassion for all human beings.  A spiritual insight would be of great value.
I cannot see Donald Trump, with his loose cannon personality and loosey, goosey thought processes to be at the helm of command in our new world.  He would put us in a roll of the dice with our lives, without even knowing it, imho.  Neither can I see Bernie Sanders, with his lack of experience in international affairs, slightly naive perceptions, and petulant overreactions toward Clinton, recently, to be at the helm of command of our nation and world.
I believe that Hillary Clinton was made for this job at this time in America’s history.  She has proven nerves of steel and a core of steel, ready intelligence of a penetrating and detailed kind, as well as compassion for humans as a whole and as individuals.  She is not only an accomplished professional woman, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother who knows how to keep a family together and see each in her family bloom, with compassion.
The NY Times today stated that white men and young people did not vote for Hillary Clinton as much in yesterday’s primary elections as did New York women and African Americans.  I would say that it is time for white men to get over being threatened by a strong and powerful woman President, and I have faith the the young people who supported Bernie Sanders will grow in awareness of what it takes to become an outstanding, rational, and impacting leader of this nation and of the world in this age of terrorism, international intrigue, and not evolved sufficiently societies.
Hillary is made for this job on Day One.  Being “modern” has nothing to do with those essential job requirements.  See the movie and deepen your understanding of what is needed.  Hillary is the best candidate, by far, and she happens to be a woman.  Again, the hand of God.  See it or not.

 

 

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Economics, Gays, and Spiritual Evolution

From Jay Bookman’s column of April 13, 2016, my words: (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/04/13/the-three-howevers-that-explain-the-gop-crisis-of-faith/
Bookman: “Simply put, the GOP does not believe government is a legitimate tool for helping people, and that core ideology leaves their toolbox bare when challenged for solutions.”
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MaryElizabethSings:  Conservative Republican elites have been fighting that losing cause since FDR’s New Deal, and  before that in the Gilded Age.  It is a losing battle because the world is evolving toward greater spiritual truth of a non-dogmatic kind, called egalitarianism, and set in profound words by Thomas Jefferson.  As I wrote in the last thread, the greater the consciousness of egalitarianism prevails (as Sanders’ and Trumps’ campaigns are showing us is happening on both sides of the political spectrum), the less power the politically elite will be able to accrue because the people’s awareness will no longer tolerate that top to bottom hierarchical functioning of humankind.Thomas Jefferson gave this nation permission to change to a form of government that brought the most happiness to the most citizens at point in time. (Jefferson: “Nothing is unchangeable except the unalienable rights of man.”) I believe today Jefferson, himself, would see the value of a more egalitarian vision of economics and politics on the horizon for all, as ushered in by governments.  However, Jefferson would also say to keep a close and skeptical view of government, itself, as the world moves forward with this 21st century egalitarian model for humankind.

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The following comments were first posted on Atlanta Journal-
Constitution’s columnist and blogger, Jay Bookman’s blog, on April 13, 2016, related to the last comments from the previous thread: 
MaryElizabethSings:

Re:  NC and the Gay Movement there

Now, maybe some may see why there is practically always the debate between what caused a given action – economics or social issues.

I am thinking of the Civil War, which continuously is debated as to whether it was fought over economics or slavery.

Now, we have the gay rights movement in NC (and elsewhere) being discussed as to whether it is being formed by economics or the changing consciousness of humanity toward gays.

“Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and give to God that which is God’s.”  (And, for the religious fundamentalists who may be reading my words, I am equating the gays with “that which is God’s.”)

Economics and moral issues practically always intertwine.  What is interesting is to unfold how and why they intertwine.  “God works in mysterious ways.”

Like Thomas Jefferson, I believe that the more expansive humanity’s egalitarian soul expands, the more spiritual humanity becomes, authentically.

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First Poster’s Response to Mary Elizabeth’s thoughts, above:

 

Mary Elizabeth’s comments: “Economics and moral issues practically always intertwine.  What is interesting is to unfold how and why they intertwine.  ‘God works in mysterious ways.’ ”

First Poster’s Response: I don’t think God has anything to do with it.

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Mary Elizabeth’s Response to First Poster.

I know you don’t.

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 First Poster to MaryElizabethSings:

Speaking of economics and morals intertwining, why are Fortune 500 companies now entering into confrontation with states that have passed discriminatory LGBT legislation in recent months?

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 Mary Elizabeth to First Poster:

 

Because they now know that humanity has spiritually evolved to the point that most people support gay rights.  Thus, the Fortune 500 companies know that their bottom line (monetary profit) lies where the consciousness of the majority lies.

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First Poster to MaryElizabethSings:

 

Ah yes, the bottom line. In other words, if it were not in their profit interests to take a stand or be seen as taking a stand, would they take it?

 

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Second Poster to First Poster’s Remarks:

Not as corporations. Some of the individuals would, but they don`t really count.

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Third Poster to First Poster’s Remarks:

I doubt the corporations would take a stand if it wasn’t for their bottomline..

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Fourth Poster to First Poster’s Remarks:

You and I both know there is more to the Fortune 500 companies taking a stand than just keeping the customer base happy and short term profit motive.  Young, talented people (i.e. their future leadership) think that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is crazy and many of them will avoid companies that they think condone it.

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First Poster to Fourth Poster’s Remarks

Exactly. Their struggle with competition to attract top talent among workers is a very real practical concern for them in maintaining their profitability.

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Mary Elizabeth to Fourth Poster’s Remarks:

 

And, we call those emerging thoughts in our young toward fairness toward gays, the spiritual evolution of humanity over time.

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First Poster’s Remarks:

Ah yes, the bottom line. In other words, if it were not in their profit interests to take a stand or be seen as taking a stand, would they take it?

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Mary Elizabeth to First Poster’s Comment, above:

Think with more nuance (or gradients of degrees than a simple dichotomy) than that, to get to truth.

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Mary Elizabeth Sings writes, as a Postscript to her introductory remarks:

 

P. S. That does not mean that God is mercenary, but it does show how God uses humanity’s weakness (for monetary profit) to shape the spiritual evolution of mankind, just as He did during the Civil War, with humanity’s evolution toward seeing that blacks and whites are spiritually equal.

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Second Poster to MaryElizabethSings:

If Alabama could vote tomorrow on slavery, what do you think the results would be?

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Mary Elizabeth to Second Poster’s Comment:

George Wallace, former Gov. of Alabama and former racist, changed with greater spiritual understanding and so has Alabama.

(Alabama of the Nina Simone song, in her 1965 song about Mississippi, is not the same Alabama, today, nor is Mississippi the same.)

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Second Poster to MaryElizabethSings:

I can`t really speak for Ala and Miss, but I spend a lot of time in South Ga. and very little has changed. R E Lee is still God down there.

Like I said, the Bubba`s open up to me because I am an old white dude. The bigots are still strong out there.

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Mary Elizabeth To Second Poster’s Comments:

Spiritual evolution is not a math formula, like 2 + 2 = 4.

Spiritual evolution happens in spurts and retreats, but always forward, and its development is greater in some people than in other people, at point in time, but always spiritual growth of humanity moves forward, if we open our eyes to this phenomena.

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Third Poster to MaryElizabethSings:

The gay movement isn’t being formed by economics. Economics is being used as a tool to fight for gay rights.

 

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Mary Elizabeth to Third Poster:

 

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Forms of Romantic Love: My Life As Example

I believe I have been in love with a man three times in my life.  I offer my life as an example of three different types of romantic love which I have experienced.  My purpose in sharing this private information is to expand the consciousness of readers about the nuances contained within the the broader connotation of “romantic love.”  It is, also, offered as a challenge for readers to see that more important than any love interest one may have, I believe that each human being should remain true to his or her own soul, which is God’s voice in you.  (The following comments were first shared by me on columnist and blogger Jay Bookman’s blog on April 8, 2016.)

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My response to that poster’s inquiry: “My first husband remained my best friend for 45 years until his death at age 69 in 2006.  I had met him when I was 18 and he was 24, and it was a true love not meant to last, as a marriage, forever, but as a deep friendship, forever.  We produced a son together who was born 3 months prematurely and who died 24 hours after his birth in 1965 in NYC.  We were married for 6 years.
I met my second husband when I was 35.  He was a French immigrant.  We had a child when I was 39.  We were together for 29 years before his untimely death in 2007.  I loved him dearly, also, for he gave me the family life, and a child, and a home which I had always wanted.
They met in 2002 in our home for Christmas.  Life is not meant to be lived in stereotypical generalities.  I believe that most who read this post will understand the truth in what I am sharing, and will understand why I am sharing it.”
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“In the ongoing process of spiritual evolution of human beings, unfortunately Mississippi, and most of the South, for that matter, have lagged behind the nation as a whole – from our nation’s inception. . . .

I had promised a poster on Jay Bookman’s blog that I would share Nina Simone’s song, ‘Mississippi Goddam’ on Bookman’s ‘Friday Night Music’ thread. Here it is. The scenes you are about to observe are not history to me; they were part of my life and my formative years before I headed to NYC with my first husband and lifelong best friend.  Good for Nina Simone for stating truth through her song, as raw as truth can get.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tst6Fuw2Sfo  

 

 

 

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Sexism in America and Throughout the World

In response to the article by Maureen Downey posted in her blog column, “Get Schooled,” today, March 30, 2016, here were my words regarding how much further our nation and world need to evolve in how women are viewed:  (Link: http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2016/03/29/6685/   )

“I am glad that the male sexism in this nation and throughout the world is starting to be addressed overtly.  That is the only way to bring about change to irrational and unjust perceptions regarding gender bias, as formerly had been accomplished through overtly pointing out racism in society and in insisting upon not denying racism’s manifestations.

It is no coincidence that black men were freed to vote before white and black women, and that America has had its first black president before it will have its first woman as president.

To help break up stereotypical and mindless thought in society regarding sexism, here is my contribution:

Men would be better to value wisdom than testosterone levels.  Not doing so has created a world of win/lose by hierarchy of power rather than a sane and compassionate planet based on wisdom, which transcends body types, or sexual hormones.  (My allusion to testosterone is a symbolic one to encourage unenlightened men to recognize how absurd it is to value their hormone levels rather than the development of their minds. Not focusing on substantive goals causes some men to value shallow, sexist and even dangerous thought, such as ‘my power is greater than yours.’)”

Another poster: “I’m not enrolling in any women’s studies program, but I would be willing to read an article or two from a reputable source.  Do you have one?”

Mary Elizabeth: “I would recommend that you read the book, ‘The Feminine Mystique,’ by Betty Friedan, but if you are looking only for articles, I googled these for you:”

http://www.usnews.com/topics/subjects/sexism

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To my readers:

Please take the time to read this 3/29/16 op-ed by NY Times conservative columnist, David Brooks – an enlightened man as to sexism – regarding the existence of sexism in America, and especially as touted through the Trump campaign:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/29/opinion/the-sexual-politics-of-2016.html?rref=collection/column/david-brooks&action=click&contentCollection=opinion®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection&_r=0

 

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Some may be interested in reading this related essay which I wrote in 2012 for my blog:

https://maryelizabethsings.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/how-women-are-viewed-in-this-world-2012-2/

 

 

 

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