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Old 06.03.2012, 19:15
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Anecdotes about the fairer sex

So, the other Saturday afternoon, walking from home to the city center, there were three little girls, no more than 4-6 years old, playing in the street below my apartment. It is a quiet street, pedestrian only, and the girls were running around, laughing and shouting uninhibitedly as they followed each other in their pink scooters and tricycles. One of them had a set of 5 "crayons", which were actually these huge pieces of chalk, and set them down and sat on the ground while she waited for the others.

When I came back home in the evening, I was delighted to see I was stepping over a street that had been decorated with a set of gigantic bunny rabbits, one, in atypically Swiss humor, wearing bunny slippers himself. The antropomorphic rabbits had huge floppy ears and were oriented in every-which way along the street, and here and there a side-piece of art depicting flower baskets, or a set of multi-colored cherries (green, pink, and baby blue ones) punctuated the landscape.

In the middle of gray city Bern, in the middle of Swiss order and routine and drudgery, three little girls had shouted and disturbed the regimental drabness of the busy university students and medical doctors that transit the street. Not many stopped to look at this wondrous statement of nonconformity, but I sure did.

And I thought: that's why society needs more little girls. Because they make the planet beautiful. They make the planet beautiful for the pure enjoyment of making it so, unconcerned about what others may think, or what others may tell them as they grow up about what it is ladylike or unladylike to do, like sit in the middle of the street drawing bunnies with big chalk crayons. What a lovely weekend gift it was to me, to stop and think about all the girls and women around me, who have somehow made my life more enchanting in the smallest detail of a smile, or substituting a diaphanous gauze for curtains, or by adding flowers to a balcony, or encouraging me to appreciate the art of dance and ballet in favor of your latest blow-them up action Hollywood movie, or, for instance, I don't know, in the great battles they wage every day for their families and children.

Folks: The 8th of March is International Women's day. Don't forget to thank the women in your life, for how they've made your life worth living. And if you're so inclined, post your own anecdote below, of a moment when a girl, woman, or little old lady made your day more beautiful.
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Old 06.03.2012, 19:17
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I think lost_inbroad sometimes makes some great posts.
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Old 06.03.2012, 19:23
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Folks: The 8th of March is International Women's day. Don't forget to thank the women in your life, for how they've made your life worth living.
How much time do I have March 08 and should the list be in alphabetical or age order?
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Old 06.03.2012, 19:25
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How much time do I have March 08 and should the list be in alphabetical or age order?
I can't believe you know all their ages. In fact, I can't believe you'd know all their names, either.
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Old 06.03.2012, 19:42
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Re: Anecdotes about the fairer sex

Well the other day in a public bathroom, a Swiss lady in the toilet queue waved me in before her b/c I'm pregnant.

Does that count? She most certainly made my day more..um...beautiful.
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Re: Anecdotes about the fairer sex

Little girls and crayoned bunnies.. utterly brilliant.

And yes.. the other team are generally kinder, wiser, gentler and more empathetic than us lot.. and they definitely smell better.

And yes.. I'm astonished whenever any of them ever bothers to give me a second thought and delighted that one of them in particular is prepared to spend more than the odd hour putting up with me and my junk

But..

But.. c'mon... seriously.. International Day of Humans with More Bumpy Bits. Why ? Isn't that so diluted as to be meaningless ?
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But.. c'mon... seriously.. International Day of Humans with More Bumpy Bits. Why ? Isn't that so diluted as to be meaningless ?
Until the day comes where women are not genitally mutilated to keep them "pure", until the day comes when parents in 1 child policy countries do not abort fetuses upon knowing they're girls, until the day comes where 70% of Ethiopian women are no longer victims of sexual violence, until the day comes where 4.8 million American women are no longer assaulted or raped each year, until the day comes when women all over the world have equal access to education, until the day comes when women receive equal pay for the same amount of hours worked and the same job done, until women are consistently and invariably valued for who they are as opposed to what they look like, until husbands stop abandoning their pregnant wives, until the rape jokes stop....

Yes, we will still need an international day for women.
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Until the day comes where women are not genitally mutilated to keep them "pure", until the day comes when parents in 1 child policy countries do not abort fetuses upon knowing they're girls, until the day comes where 70% of Ethiopian women are no longer victims of sexual violence, until the day comes where 4.8 million American women are no longer assaulted or raped each year, until the day comes when women all over the world have equal access to education, until the day comes when women receive equal pay for the same amount of hours worked and the same job done, until women are consistently and invariably valued for who they are as opposed to what they look like, until husbands stop abandoning their pregnant wives, until the rape jokes stop....

Yes, we will still need an international day for women.
I'm all for equality, hence I don't like the idea of having an international day for women when there is no such thing for men.

But, after reading your post, I admit that you have a point.

And I really liked your story about the little girls .
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Old 06.03.2012, 23:14
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Re: Anecdotes about the fairer sex

I thought they already had Valentine's day?
How is it, that somebody has annexed 1 day out of almost every month, when men have to show their appreciation for women?

....and the thing that gets me, the women who truly need the appreciation are still getting circumcized, enslaved, forced into prostitution etc. It's sickening and perverse to even give this day a second thought IMO.
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Re: Anecdotes about the fairer sex

Girls make the planet beautiful

oh yes, fully agree,

the little ones are sublimely sweet and fill your heart with joy

( the big ones are gorgeous too )
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Until the day comes where women are not genitally mutilated to keep them "pure", until the day comes when parents in 1 child policy countries do not abort fetuses upon knowing they're girls, until the day comes where 70% of Ethiopian women are no longer victims of sexual violence, until the day comes where 4.8 million American women are no longer assaulted or raped each year, until the day comes when women all over the world have equal access to education, until the day comes when women receive equal pay for the same amount of hours worked and the same job done, until women are consistently and invariably valued for who they are as opposed to what they look like, until husbands stop abandoning their pregnant wives, until the rape jokes stop....

Yes, we will still need an international day for women.
You've managed to turn a celebration of women into another 'all men are bastards' message. Nice one. Get the violins out.
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You've managed to turn a celebration of women into another 'all men are bastards' message.
Here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/20...estic-violence
Problem of "all men are bastards message posting" solved.
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Alas, I am of fairer complexion than my wife, so does that make me the fairer sex?

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I thought they already had Valentine's day?
How is it, that somebody has annexed 1 day out of almost every month, when men have to show their appreciation for women?
Dude, move to Ticino, Monday March 19th is Father's day (and a public holiday!)

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Dude, move to Ticino, Monday March 19th is Father's day (and a public holiday!)

Tom
Ya...but wouldn't I have to be a father first to truly reap the benefits of receiving the necktie (that don't match anything in the wardrobe or already have multiple times from previous father's day extravaganzas), the cheap bottle of liquor from duty free or (insert hideous, insipid gifts men usually get on father's day)?


Disclaimer: I wasn't born that cynical...just like any grape, I had to be stomped into the Chardonnay I am today.

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Re: Anecdotes about the fairer sex

Lovely original post.

At least for me, the things that make me want to get up in the morning and do all those things women do, is the knowledge that beside me are my husband and 2 sons, who brighten every single day of my life up, without them i would not be me.

We do not need woman's day, or Valentine's, or mother's day, or any anything day for that matter. If people treated everything they touch and do with Love and Respect, none of these days would be needed.
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Lovely original post.

At least for me, the things that make me want to get up in the morning and do all those things women do, is the knowledge that beside me are my husband and 2 sons, who brighten every single day of my life up, without them i would not be me.

We do not need woman's day, or Valentine's, or mother's day, or any anything day for that matter. If people treated everything they touch and do with Love and Respect, none of these days would be needed.
This is what my mom always says.
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To be honest, this being Switzerland, I was awaiting the denouement of

"....and, then, along came the smiling man in his street cleaner and washed it all into the drain and all was orderly and in it's proper place again"
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Until the day comes where women are not genitally mutilated to keep them "pure", until the day comes when parents in 1 child policy countries do not abort fetuses upon knowing they're girls, until the day comes where 70% of Ethiopian women are no longer victims of sexual violence, until the day comes where 4.8 million American women are no longer assaulted or raped each year, until the day comes when women all over the world have equal access to education, until the day comes when women receive equal pay for the same amount of hours worked and the same job done, until women are consistently and invariably valued for who they are as opposed to what they look like, until husbands stop abandoning their pregnant wives, until the rape jokes stop....

Yes, we will still need an international day for women.
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Until the day comes where women are not genitally mutilated to keep them "pure", until the day comes when parents in 1 child policy countries do not abort fetuses upon knowing they're girls, until the day comes where 70% of Ethiopian women are no longer victims of sexual violence, until the day comes where 4.8 million American women are no longer assaulted or raped each year, until the day comes when women all over the world have equal access to education, until the day comes when women receive equal pay for the same amount of hours worked and the same job done, until women are consistently and invariably valued for who they are as opposed to what they look like, until husbands stop abandoning their pregnant wives, until the rape jokes stop....

Yes, we will still need an international day for women.
I feel sorry for the hapless dude who dares to joke "Women's Day? Why, lol?" tomorrow and finds himself on the receiving end of an EF lady who memorized this post (you just know some have or will ). Talk about a bomb going off in your face.
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