Bringing MAHB to Life!
September 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm #3859Richard GrossmanParticipant
MAHB is a great idea–an international group of people who are concerned about the world we live in! It seems to have grown slowly, however; perhaps that is because we all have busy lives and perhaps there has been too little publicity.
I have a suggestion to help MAHB grow and be more active. Each of us knows lots of people with similar concerns about sustainability. If we each sent out an email to a dozen of those friends about MAHB, asking them to join, we could increase the membership significantly.
In addition, I teach a class called “People and the Planet”, which is largely about sustainability. I will mention MAHB in the class and suggest that students might join.
Finally, I plan to write a newspaper column involving MAHB. My column, “Population Matters!” has been appearing in the Durango (Colorado) Herald for over 17 years and I’m always looking for topics. If you are interested in exploring this column, you can find former essays at: http://www.population-matters.org
October 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm #3889Joseph RowleyMember
These are excellent ideas on how to spread MAHB’s message to other people. Thank you for forum post. With the help of people like you, one day, hopefully in the near future we will be very active.
January 28, 2013 at 10:57 pm #4257Christophe FauchereMember
Great suggestions Richard! We will use our social media outlets to publicize the MAHB and it’s ability to connect people concerned about the world we live in. Thanks!
January 30, 2013 at 8:29 am #4277Richard GrossmanParticipant
Well, I haven’t written about MAHB yet, but is still in my mind for the future.
Below is the article that was published on Sunday in the Durang (Colorado) Herald. You probably already know that empowerment of women is key to smaller family size choice. That empowerment should start early with educating girls.
Respect Women’s Choices—1-2013
© Richard Grossman MD, 2013
“What does a woman want?”
Freud’s question obviously has many answers. Some women are happy with their role as wife and mother, the picture that some men still have of “the perfect woman”.
My mother, who was born in 1903, decided her future when she was just eight. She told me that she asked her third grade teacher what they had just read. “That is a story” was the teacher’s reply.
“No, what is it called when you study all sorts of stories?”
“That’s called ‘literature’.”
“When I grow up, I want to teach literature”. And she did for almost 40 years in the Philadelphia Public Schools.
She graduated from high school at 16. Her father believed that the woman’s place was in the home, so disapproved of higher education for my mother. Nevertheless, she went through teacher training with no support from her family. She had to be top in her class to receive one of only two scholarships. At age 18 she was teaching a class of 40 fourth graders.
During the past century a woman’s role in US society has changed drastically. For instance, when I entered medical school in 1965 there were only six women in my class of 125. Now there are equal numbers of men and women in medical schools. My specialty, OB-GYN, used to be ruled by men but now women make up the preponderance.
More important, women increasingly take leadership roles. Whereas males used to preside over politics, we’re seeing more and more women in Denver and Washington. Many captains of industry and of education are now women. Indeed, it was Dr. Dene Thomas, the first female president of Fort Lewis College, who inspired this column.
In our country the movement for women’s suffrage started in the late 19th century. Colorado was early in recognizing a woman’s right to vote—in 1893! This movement ended in 1920 with passage of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution. It reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Unfortunately there are still people who think that a woman’s place is at home, and women must be subservient to men. Some candidates in the last election came up with some really stupid statements.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” As a specialist in reproductive health, I am not sure what “that whole thing” refers to, but I suspect that Mr. Todd Akin was referring to a woman’s ability to conceive.
Thirty years ago I investigated a statement in the antiabortion literature. Antiabortion people maintained that women don’t get pregnant from rape. I tracked down this untruth to a statement that 200 women who had been raped were followed and none of them conceived. The man who started this falsehood admitted to me that it had no basis in reality. The reality is that rape often leads to pregnancy.
This fall another Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, said: “When life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.” Was he implying that God intended the rape to happen?
Todd and Murdoch disagree whether rape can result in pregnancy. I cannot agree with either of their attitudes toward women. Neither could 55 % of female voters, according to exit polls at the November election, since a large majority of women voted for Democratic candidates. How could Romney and Ryan tolerate to be associated with these clowns?
Fortunately President Obama has recognized the importance of contraception to America’s women. Starting in 2012 all insurance plans must pay for any birth control without copayment. This mandate has the great promise of decreasing our atrociously high rate of unplanned pregnancies, and of slowing growth of our population.
Why do women value family planning services? They say that access to contraception allows them to take better care of themselves and of their families, helps them support themselves financially, and permits them to complete their education and to be employable. This information is from a recent survey of over 2000 women using family planning clinics across the country.
Barak Obama has just been inaugurated for his second term of office. His popularity confirms that people want a change from archaic concepts of the role of women. We want healthcare for all, freedom to access contraception and, when necessary, safe abortion services.
January 31, 2013 at 8:59 pm #4291AnonymousInactive
I think a good start would be greater participation in the discussion around the ideas presented here in the forum.
May 6, 2013 at 1:44 am #4811Ezra NiesenMember
What about a writing workshop for big writing projects that aren’t finished yet? I just finished a manuscript about overlaps between science and art philosophy and what it shows about cultural development and spirituality. At least one other person here is working on a book.
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