I struggled to understand a woman's slip's role when I was a boy. I'm certain I was oblivious of their existence until I heard someone tell someone else that their slip was showing. I'm not sure who was the target or sender. That statement keyed me to awareness something was going on that I didn't understand.
With women in the house, I didn't understand many things, from sanitary napkins ("Well, it's a napkin, Mom,") to, well, her douche bag. By douche bag, I don't mean any of her boyfriends or husbands. This was an actual douche bag. Again, I don't mean any of her boyfriends or husbands.
I thought the douche bag was another venue for my imagination. A red rubbery textured bag, with a small hose attaching a slender gray wand, I determined that the wand could be a microphone but with the bag attached, it could also be sensors for detecting ghosts or a weapon system for repelling aliens. My imagination never came up with its real use.
Mom was horrified that it was my play toy. She didn't tell me about its intended use. I figured it out later.
With the slip, I eventually discerned that there are some dresses and skirts considered so thin that a slip is desired underneath it, as another garment to keep people from seeing through the first one and basically revealing the woman's female shape in all its bundled glory underneath. The slip was part of the packaging. Women liked those fine, light fabrics that displayed their figures - and I learned to like them, too - but revealing too much would make them self-conscious about what the dog saw.
Basically, though, when your slip is showing, something is awry with your foundation garments and the image that you're trying to present.
America's slip is showing in a number of ways. Most of them start with putting money over principle with the exception of making more money and keeping as much of it as possible. So we see with our economic crises - we need to reduce the deficit but it won't due to tax the people who can afford it. That wouldn't be fair to them. No, we need to tax everyone else, who needs the money for silly things like food, shelter, clothing and education. Hey, this isn't a free ride - unless you have a million. Some legislators are suggesting children should work at school to pay for their education.
I suggest that if we're really serious about saving money, we let our Senators and Representatives clean their own offices and toilets. We'd certainly see more production out of them. And if they're serious about increasing revenues and cutting the deficit, they can have a few bake sales and car washes.
Watching The Invisible War last night let slip another slip. The Invisible War was shown on PBS. It's about rape in the US Military and included both men and women. Rapes are on the rise but the rape victims were typically victimized by closed ranks against them. These men and women wanted justice, the sort of justice America was supposed to be famous for having.
You've probably heard of America's justice. America popularized it in comic strips like Dick Tracy and Hollywood movies and television shows like Dragnet, the CSI franchise, The Untouchables and The Fugutive. That's what it's all about for The Justice League. If a crime has been perpetrated, America will hunt them down and ensure justice is served. We will protect the week and ensure that everyone will enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without being victimized by others. We reiterated our position after the September 11th attacks. We will hunt those people down and bring them to justice.
Sorry, but from that documentary, that's not how it's working in America's military. If you're raped in America's military, you're on your own. Oh, you can take it to your representatives in Congress. One rape victim summed that up with lovely mocking derision, in essence stating, "Come on, that's not practical. Is that what you'll tell civilians who are raped? Take it to your Congressman?"
The numbers are daunting. Pathetically, America and its principled leaders and its military have closed minds against investigating it. The current tack is a marketing campaign and a class once a year. They remind female military members to not go off alone. Ensure you have a buddy so that you're safe against your comrades in arms.
Isn't that the same essence of the sickening defense, "She was asking for it?" Yes, our female military members were asking for it because they were walking alone on a base. She was asking for it because she went to her supervisor for a work detail and he raped her. She was asking for it by going to a bar with her sponsor to have a drink as part of the welcome to the unit event.
I'm not particularly surprised by America's approach. I entered the US military and served twenty years. I came in at the beginning of dramatic changes in how race relations were handled. Even as America was segregating and civil rights were emerging, rascism and segregation thrived in America's military. Like today's rape situation, several lawmakers made the right mewing noises to demonstrate their deep concern. But honestly, how many of our lawmakers walk their talk? Most of them seem committed to saying and doing anything to ensure their re-election coffers stay full. So listening to them last night, my wife and I called, "Bullshit," on those legislators.
After all, America's current august leadership allow Gitmo to continue running. After surviving an economic meltdown, they've done nothing to address the issues. Poll after poll shows disapproval for our political leadership. Our current Congress and its twenty-first century predecessors are making history as a collection of greedy, selfish, out of touch, useless clowns.
No, what happened in the military that finally made them face up to race relations problems was that blacks took action. They mutinied and rioted. They took over chowhalls and dormitories. They stood together and marched out of meetings.
I imagine something similar is needed for rape victims, especially women, in the military. I say especially women because it happens more often to them and America's Federal legislators seem to be bent on turning back time on women's rights, along with worker's rights. I imagine, as blacks did back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the women will be forced to take mass action. It won't do much at first, naturally. Like Occupy Wall Street, the victims will be victimized more as our official protectors, like the FBI, police department and Justice officials serve their masters and work to preserve the status quo. You know how people dislike change.
Change is needed, though. Justice is a fundamental right of all countries that purport to be civilized. America's slip is showing, and it's pretty fucking ugly.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com