For centuries doctors did not even think of studying women or their diseases. They only concentrated on men and convinced women that they were suffering from hysteria. When women swooned, it was probably that their corset was tied too tight, see Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and another character I loved in Hattie McDaniel, her maid that made that corset tight.

Now we have walks and runs for breast cancer. That’s a good thing, because the medical people finally chose to get along with knowing how women also have heart attacks differently than men.

For years studies have shown that television, movies and video games have led to violence in men. As far as I know, no-one has studied whether movies, television and video games lead to subservience in women.

I did my high school thesis on Title IX, entitled “Horses Sweat, Men Perspire and Women Glow.”  What we see in life is not what we see on screen. I have my prince, but not Clark Gable or Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Marlon Brando or Gregory Peck and let’s throw in Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan into the mix. I’m talking about their movies and what the public thinks about their persons.

That’s what girls look for. I got all of those with a physicist/software engineer. Don’t get me wrong, I never looked and it took 20 years after age 20 to find my prince. He found me. He says I found him. I say we found each other on that day 14 years ago. In him I also found my crushes Alan Bates and Alan Rickman. So, call it a day.

What do girls look for now? I was very upset that young teen girls, over Thanksgiving, were looking at a Barbie website. Media only employs skinny girls, mainly blond, and stupid. Girls don’t have a chance to meet ideal model weight so become bulimic or anorexic trying to gain favor with parents and others.

So what happens to smart girls like me who grew up in the dark ages? I love Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Kathy Bates, Meryl Streep, Penny Marshall, Diane Keaton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia d’Havilland, Kathleen Turner, Jodie Foster, Greta Scacchi, Glenn Close, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn (who was much stronger than she looked), and many young actresses I’ve seen on screens as they matured and walk and talk like smart women.

Thank you role models. And My Girl Friday. Also Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce. There are so many of you for girls to see yet you’re off playing Barbie. Think smart and strong, young ladies. And a good mornin’ to ye! Dee



2 responses to “Women

  1. Why the crushes? Alan Rickman for Truly, Madly Deeply, and Sense and Sensibility. Sir Alan Bates for An Unmarried Woman, and I’m adding Gregory Peck again. Why? Because these characters treated women well as in Roman Holiday. OK, in that category I must add Mr. Kirk Douglass for Spartacus as I just watched And So It Goes with his son Michael and Diane Keaton. Son Michael also treated Annette Bening’s character well in An American President. There’s hope for your young ladies. Role models, math and science. D

  2. Artemesia Gentilleschi. Check her out here. Female Florentine painter, I saw her self-portrait, owned by Queen Elizabeth II. Maverick painter. Joan of Arc, QE1. Harriet Tubman, Etta James, Marian Anderson and Joan Baez. There are too many to count. Why do we have to look outside the classroom to study great women? And I haven’t even gone into the medical field….

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