I Feel Stupid, but It’s Okay

April 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm 8 comments

I was watching PBS last night. They were talking about a woman who was a sharp shooter back in the late 1800s. This woman rocked socks with a gun. And then they said her name–Anne Oakely.

WTF? She was real? This may have been common knowledge, but I just thought she was a character in a book. Some farm girl, but this woman was no farm girl by any standards.

Anyway–Moment of Stupidity brought to you by Melissa Blue.

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  • 1. SLC Slave Driver  |  April 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Too funny! I watched that also (in between Chuck and Castle- no way am I going to watch DWTS!!!) I knew she was a real person, and a little of her history, but what surprised me was, although she was progressive in terms of womens rights, she was against us getting the vote.

    Who knew?

  • 2. Melissa Blue  |  April 7, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Yeah, I stopped watching when Castle came on. And I did catch the part about Oakley not being for sufferage, strange. Yet she led a different life where it probably never crossed her mind that other woman didn’t live so freely.

  • 3. Lyn  |  April 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Does a shaprshooter NEED to vote? I don’t have a television, so have no Idea what you two are talking about Chuck (soon to be king of England) Castle (where he always lives) DWTS!!!! and causes many to shout: Down With Traditional Stupidity!!!

    It’s too early for me to know or remember my stupid moments, but there have to be roomsful of them. Probably this comment, though.

  • 4. Melissa Blue  |  April 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Lol, Lyn.I know how you feel about being lost on t.v shows. I’m a movie-watcher. *Sidenote: You don’t even have one? I’d die*

    And, I think you have a point. I wouldn’t want to disagree with a woman who never missed until she had to wear spectacles. As in being 66.

  • 5. Slave Driver  |  April 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    A member of my writers group recently wrote a short essay about suffrage, but instead of being about the woman who were working the front lines to get us the vote it focused on the women who were against it. Most of them were in the upper echelon of society, and they feared that giving poor/uneducated/foreigners (there was a huge influx of immigrants at the time) would degrade the government as they knew it. There was also an argument that women were too “frail” to shoulder the burden of voting, and they would have to go to the poles and “mingle” with others to do so.

    Even Mother Jones, a leader in Unionization, was against women’s right to vote. Like many of the issues on the table today (Right to Choose, Gay Marriage) they felt it was incendiary and would lead to a breakdown of the family unit.

    So it appears that the arguments don’t change all that much despite the years.

    Have a great day Mel, don’t stress school.

  • 6. Melissa Blue  |  April 9, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Hmm, same reasons, but for a different argument. If i were alive back then I would still be on the same side that human rights should always come first.

  • 7. Lyn  |  April 10, 2009 at 12:35 am

    This would be a fascinating conversation. See, I doubt if any of the anti-suffragettes would have thought of themselves as being against human rights. Probably they thought they were saving people from themselves, from their own lower propensities. The idea of human rights is slippery. What we think of as normal now would have been viewed as permissive a while back. And what we think of as perverse now–say, adults marrying children 12 years old, or group marriages–might be considered just normal as apple pie in the future. Of course, apple pie itself is on the endangered pastries list.

    Whether we like it or not, and whether we want to admit it or not, we are women of our time. Look at your own lives and compare them to the ideals your grandmothers cherished.

    I’ll expect a full report.
    Good post, Mel.

  • 8. Melissa Blue  |  April 10, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I have to disagree that the time we live in somehow makes us more open-minded to human rights vs. mores. In my age group alone they are people who believe that gays should have the right to marry. in that same age group they are people who want to protect marriage. To me i see this as a human rights issue. Different time, different issue, but two different sides of the argument.

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