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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

On this day in 1953 the US government Murdered Ethel Rosenberg (three times)

Remembering and mourning Ethel Rosenberg, murdered by the US government in equal parts for her Jewishness and femaleness.

Adrienne Rich-For Ethel Rosenberg

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  1. The Rosenberg trial is a classic example of a miscarriage of justice.

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  2. I still recall reading the transcript to the trial when I was 18 and was just shocked and outraged.

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  3. Generally reading about anyone who was wrongly executed makes me want to punch out a brick wall since there's a theme of them being underprivileged or members of persecuted groups. The Rosenburg trial was before my time, and they always pretended it didn't happen in history class (interesting, that...). Thus, I had to research on my own too, and like you, I didn't until I was past high-school age. And when I did, the rage...

    Ever notice that in the post-Soviet era, the extreme right (hmm, okay, maybe in 2012, that's the entire GOP) always threatens to revive McCarthyist hunts, if not outright burning at the stake, if they sense even a whiff of an underprivileged group acquiring rights? I have been told outright by both men and their indoctrinated, unpaid-helpmeet wives that my working a "man's job" and refusing to bear children has directly destroyed American society. In 2012!

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  4. I read Plath's Bell Jar at 18, which was how I first heard of the Rosenberg's as it begins "It was a queer sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs" and had learned/followed their story ever since. If you havent seen http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388996/, which is a documentary by one of the granddaughters, I would highly suggest it.

    We are very much living in a time of a new McCarthyism, hence the tightening of the Gender Straight Jacket and the rise/demand of hyper femininity.

    Females are lead to think they have freedoms their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers never had, but the reality is that they might even have less.

    For where is freedom when you are starving yourself to death to fit into a dress size that doesnt even exist? Where is freedom when your first thoughts after waking and your last thought before sleep are littered with how best to perform for the maze gaze or whether you are performing well enough? Where is freedom when you are 16 and believe you need labiaplasty? Where is freedom when you already have 4 or 5 children and the male medical machine still refuses to tie your tubes? Where is freedom when everywhere you look media-wise you are informed there is something wrong with your mind or body or both? And where is freedom when it has become so terrible to be a woman, opting out through transition seems the only logical option?

    Regarding being burnt at the stake, if you're a good heretic like myself, I think that kind of archaicness is long since gone. Its more likely we'd be shot!...lol

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  5. Wow. Someone who actually acknowledges that anti-Semitism ever existed in America. Let alone a lesbian who acknowledges that it existed. I think you are my new hero.

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