Together We are Strong   1 comment

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Another thing that frustrated me about this past week of no computer was that I had work locked up in it, in a barely-begun stage.  Thankfully, I was able to get going on it during the weekend here.  That was some badly needed free time, to figure out how to mask out the background on the basic pictures (ChromaKey green wouldn’t work in every case) and assemble the final photo.  Even after getting everyone in position, it didn’t come together until I decided to replace the background with posters.  I’m not too displeased with the final result, though.  Donald Trump likes pretty women; well, here’s seven of them, about as sexy as he could desire, and each one is strongly tempted to stick a dagger in his ribs and kick him in the teeth.

All seven are me.  These are all of the primary characters I write my stories for:  Ariel, Jo, Sharra, Latifah, Keiko, Maren and Dannta.  All seven are women, and assuredly multiethnic (Ariel is a cyborg from the 48th century, and Dannta is an alien residing in our world and time)1.  All seven are professionals:  entertainer, physician, foundation chairwoman, teacher, businesswoman, lawyer and executive director.  And, to be brutally frank, all seven are pissed at the direction current affairs in the United States are taking.  This photo shows their obvious solidarity with the goals of the Women’s March; but they also protest against the assaults on immigrants and minorities and a more science-based environmental policy; against the attempted forcing of governmental affairs toward a more big-business-friendly, laissez-faire model; against the coming assaults on education, arts and the humanities — in short, against about anything the current administration and its ultra-conservative supporters in Congress plan to do over the next two to four years.

(Yes, this blog is getting political, possibly edging toward strident.  But, babes, men and women, it’s not as strident as it could get.  You oughta see my husband’s Facebook shares; he’s so much looser than I am, this photo is pale by comparison.  He feels betrayed by his party; he’s a fiscal conservative, but liberal on social issues, and the rise of the Tea Party and Trumpites has left him disgusted beyond bounds.  This will probably be the last thing in the blog for some time, unless I get too aggravated again — entirely possible, considering the actions of the current administration — but there will almost surely be more until we can be shut of this man and all his works.)

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Full-size version available on my Flickr stream

UPDATED: See also Strawberry Singh’s article.

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1 I wish I’d had a Hispanic and an Arab or Muslim character now, but I’ve never developed those before.  My next story will need to address that.  (Anyway, I’d have needed to shrink the individual women down to fit nine women in this shot; not to mention the even longer post work.)

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  1. I’ve only had one comment so far — this isn’t the most widely-read blog in the blogosphere, whether Second Life or in general — and I felt it enough of a screed that I deleted it instead of approving it. Reasoned comment is always welcome, and I try to evaluate comments with reason in return. But I would like to reply to at least some of the points, without re-opening the article itself. (I doubt the commenter will return; I didn’t recognize the name instantly, still don’t, and the person was probably brought here by an article tag.)

    The commenter asked if any of my characters were beneficiaries of affirmative action. That I cannot say, since that was never a consideration when I wrote the stories that these characters started out in. What I can say is that, except for Latifah, Ariel and Dannta, these women generally came from successful families in their own right. For Ariel and Dannta, of course, the point is irrelevant, since Ariel “lives” 2,800 years in the future, and Dannta came from another planet entirely. Latifah could have benefited, conceivably, to be admitted to Western Michigan University. What can be answered certainly is that, though there may have been abuses in affirmative action programs, they ultimately did the job of breaking down many barriers. The problem is always in the execution of vague directives, as I’ve seen it since my own master-degree days.

    The commenter states that the biggest source of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide has been the animal life on this planet for over 4 billion years. And, considering the amount of animals that have lived here across that time, they are correct. But the impact of man-made sources of CO2 since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and especially since the implementation of the catalytic converter to auto exhausts — in an effort to reduce smog pollution, ironically — has been an increase in the overall CO2 beyond the planet’s capacity to cope with it. Far less of the substance is now filtered out by the environment, such as via the Amazon rain forest. The Brazilian rain forests and other large green areas were once the “lungs of the planet,” cycling around CO2 into oxygen in huge quantities. No longer, due to clear-cutting and lack of environmental protection.

    The commenter stepped over the line in their references to Islam and Muslims. I’ve known Muslims since the 1990s, and serve them in my workplace today, and none of them have been frothing-at-the-mouth “jihadists.” All I can say is that too many people — enough in enough areas to help boost Donald Trump into office last year — have fallen victim in this area to the propagandists’ trick. One of the first things to do in a time of conflict is to dehumanize the enemy, make them into a caricature monster without an individual form. The honest, uninvolved people who do not support that enemy’s goals will get caught up in the backwash, and suffer in the end. I’ve feared this reaction since September 11, 2001 (an image often brought up by the ones who tell us to blame all believers in Islam), and I must reply now as I would have then: blame only the guilty, never the whole of Islam.

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