It has been my esteemed pleasure to have worked closely with Heidi Li Feldman on a variety of projects: The National Women's History Museum, Seneca 160, my field trip to the DNC in Denver, among others. Heidi is launching a new initiative with a new purpose: 51%.
Rather than go on foaming at the mouth about how essential I find this organization to be, especially in light of the ongoing misogyny being condoned by the Resident-Reject, most notably in the form of Jon Favreau, the misogynist Residential Mouthpiece in Chief, I'll let you read the statement from the organization's founder.
Fifty-one percent of the general population is composed of women. 51 Percent will educate people about the relationship between proportional representation of women in the public spheres and the elimination of misogynistic conduct. Thus 51 Percent will have two overriding objectives:To help get the organization off the ground please consider donating by clicking on the 51% badge on the right hand side of the page. You will be taken to the interim informational page for 51% and will find a Google donate button there. I gave. It was quick, and 100% painless, unlike misogyny, which is 100% painful.
1. To educate the public about the significance and advantages of proportional representation for women in all areas of civic life.
2. To examine and explain what misogyny is, particularly how its differs from sexism and why it deserves separate scrutiny especially in so far as it is among the causes and symptoms of a lack of proportional representation in every sector of public life.
To achieve its goals, 51 Percent will begin with its own website, planned to include space for a blog with news and brief views; in-depth essays by guest writers; an online exhibit of mysogynistic memorablia, the maintenance of a speakers' bureau to connect groups interested in learning about proportional representation for women in civic life with speakers knowledgeable in this area. Long range goals include a physical collection of misogynistic memorabilia put into context and which can serve as a traveling exhibition to schools, businesses, and other organizations interested in learning more about the history and effects of misogyny; the development of an extensive reference list; and a physical collection of books and journal articles relevant to the proportional representation of women and the problem of misogyny.
51 Percent is very much a grass roots effort and I expect its direction and efforts to respond to the feedback it gets from supporters and friends. It has already been the beneficiary of this process.
If the 2008 Presidential Election cycle taught us anything it's that the media will not tolerate racism. The same cannot be said about misogyny, which the media, and the incoming Resident, not only tolerates, but perpetuates. Obviously we have our work cut out for us. So dig deep. Even $0.51 will be accepted, and will help.