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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te

Happy International Women's Day OR Happy Virtue Signaling Day? 2024

Happy International Women's Day 2024 A friend just wrote "Happy Virtue Signaling Day" on Facebook. The comment "Happy Virtue Signaling Day" in reference to International Women's Day suggests a negative and dismissive view of the observance. Here are some potential implications and criticisms that this comment may be alluding to: Virtue signaling refers to the perceived outward expression of moral values or progressive views, especially on social media, in order to gain approval from others rather than out of authentic belief. The implication is that some people or organizations publicly celebrate International Women's Day not out of genuine support for women's rights, but to portray themselves as virtuous or progressive. It suggests that International Women's Day has become more of a symbolic gesture or superficial trend, rather than promoting substantive progress on women's issues. Critics may view some of the messaging and social media post