Women+’s Weekly Thread – WITH (SOME) POWER COMES (X=?) RESPONSIBILITY

Hello, and welcome to the weekly women+’s issues/health thread!

Each Wednesday, someone will post a discussion with a few relevant news items from the last week, as well as a topic for further conversation. The prompt will serve as a starting point for those who may want to participate but don’t have a topic of their own they’d like to discuss – as long as it’s relevant to the discussion as a whole, anything goes.

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Updates from the world of womanity:

UNITED ON THE METHODS, DIVERGENT ON THE OUTCOMES

This NYT article explores how the legacy of the Women’s March (one year old this week!) has impacted different communities – particularly the contrasts between urban areas and rural or red state locales.

SPEAKING OF THE WOMEN’S MARCH…

HuffPo’s got the rundown on 2018 – this Saturday!

 

I’M A SURVIVOR I’M NOT GON’ GIVE UP

Fun fact – according to new research, women outlive men regardless of hardship. Famine? We’re surviving. War? We’re surviving. While social elements may be a factor…

Lead researcher Virginia Zarulli, from the University of Southern Denmark’s Institute of Public Health, attributed the life expectancy gender gap to biological factors such as genetics and hormones, with the simple conclusion that “newborn girls are hardier than newborn boys”.

Well there you have it.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc., etc.” Ada Lovelace

DISCUSSION TOPIC OF THE WEEK:

 

The responsibility of power.

In the past week, month, and year, women (though, admittedly disproportionately represented by the white, straight, and cisgender among us) have made strides toward reclaiming the power and recognition that we have been consistently denied throughout history. Yet, yada yada Spiderman quote. Great power, etc. Not that I’m imagining we’ll achieve great power any time soon, but… it’s never too early to start considering our responsibilities to power.

As we advance as a collective, what are our responsibilities? To whom are we responsible? Are these responsibilities evenly shared across the pantheon of women, or are some of us afforded more capacity for responsibility? Regardless of whom we are responsible to – should we even give any fucks? Is this a moot question in light of historical injustice? Is any single group ever truly exempt from responsibility? If so, what circumstances would precipitate such an exemption?

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