100 women posed nude near the site of the Republican convention this past Sunday in Cleveland, Ohio. They carried mirrors to symbolize “the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women.” Their main purpose was to vent anger against the “repressive rhetoric of many of those in the Republican party against women.” Spencer Tunick, the artist behind the idea, wanted to promote expression through art, thereby allowing the women to convey their messages. Yes, this story is true, and you can check it out at the link below: (Warning: many of the images are graphic in nature. If you are offended in any way regarding nudity, please exercise your option to refrain from checking out the link and please do not hold me accountable for any of its contents).
On the surface I’m not sure of what to make of this. Would this get my attention? Absolutely. What regular heterosexual man wouldn’t take the opportunity to watch a bunch of angry naked women holding mirrors? Would I be able to grasp the message that they are trying to convey? Now that one has me stumped a little bit. For some reason I find it difficult to see the knowledge and wisdom behind a woman just because she is standing there nude. However, I “will” recognize her “other great attributes.” If she looks good and continues to stand there nude I will continually praise her for being the “smartest person in the world.” (smile) Okay, seriously, as a musician I understand the concept of “expression through art.” I do it a lot through my music. While I applaud the concept of the women, I’m just not sure if the way they are going about it is the best way. Sexism is what plagues many in the political realm, and while there have been many reports of women not getting equal treatment there may be other ways to fight against it. In other words, if you don’t want to be viewed as sex objects then posing as a sex object might only “fuel the fire.” For the record, I don’t think any of the women nor the artist were arrested. Whatever the case, the women got away with it. I don’t think Donald Trump was anywhere near that scene, but I think I heard reports of him checking it out through a high powered telescope from his hotel window (This is only a joke, okay?) While on the surface this story might appear funny the message behind it should not be lost. Women do deserve equal pay and equal treatment in ALL phases of employment. They work hard enough to deserve it. If those in the Republican Party fail to grasp this then there is always “strength at the ballot.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer
Kathy Sledge (the lead singer of Sister Sledge… She sang “We are family”) and Brett Jolly