I hope that I don’t lose any female readers over this post, but I guess I chance losing one reader or another anytime I speak my mind. A few folks may just think that I’m a male chauvinist raging against females, if so, so be it.
I watched a show on TV last night where they look up the ancestry of “famous” people I’ve never heard of. I suppose they ARE famous in some circles, just not in mine. Still, being a history buff, I find the show somewhat interesting. The girl at the center of things last night seemed like a likeable enough kid, but she classed herself as a feminist, so I paid a bit more attention than normal. Feminists, from the way that I see the term used, generally means single, radical, man-hating abortionists that are often lesbian. Many women who CALL themselves feminists are often merely for true equal rights. Sadly, THAT term has been stolen by people with a homosexual agenda who are actually after “gay” privileges, NOT equal rights.
Since the young woman considered herself and her grandmother to be “strong women” (I don’t know where her mother failed), she decided that she must be descended from a line of strong women. I found it amusing that it never occurred to her that there might have been some “strong” men involved along the way, as well. It takes a strong person to LIVE with a strong person, regardless of the sex. It turned out that one branch of her family was made up of Quakers, who were very active in the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. In fact, she made much of the fact that a battle between slave-holders and escaped slaves was fought on family land as her grandmother watched from the distance. (I wonder what she thought her grandfather was doing, tatting lace? His life was as much on the line as hers at the time.)
They chose not to search any other family lines, and the girl sort of ignored the ancestor who actually owned a slave, assuming him to be a nasty fellow, without seeking to know WHY he might have owned another human being. (Some abolitionists actually bought slaves to remove them from slavery, and retained “ownership” so they couldn’t be rounded up and sold back into slavery again.) In other words, the kid found what “truth” she wanted to back up her pre-conceptions and was thrilled to learn what “strong women” she was descended from, and that some of her ancestors were also “feminists” in their own way.
She went back a total of five generations on only one blood-line and concentrated on ONE woman. She ignored the dozens of other ancestors who contributed to her being the person she is today. NO-ONE is the product of one or two ancestors; we are the sum-total of ALL of our predecessors. The most important influences are those of our parents, of course, but most of all, we are what WE DECIDE to be. As likeable as the girl seemed to be, I think her willful ignorance is an example of what is wrong with the country these days. She has reason to be proud of the ancestors that she learned about; I just hope that her learning doesn’t stop there. There’s a big difference between being a feminist and preaching the equality of all that Jesus taught. (And please don’t misunderstand that term “equality, either.) © 2013-