8–26-08 Jew­els in the Square, Union Square, San Fran­cisco, CA poster by David Singer

8/26/08 Moonalice poster by David SingerAugust 26, 2008 Jew­els in the Square, Union Square, San Fran­cisco, CA
Moon­al­ice poster by David Singer

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the tribe has always pre­ferred female lead­er­ship. Tribal men have always found it eas­ier to say, “yes, dear!” than to come up with ideas of their own, par­tic­u­larly after 4:20 in the afternoon.

I bring this up because the tribe in its hey­day was an oasis for inde­pen­dent women. Faced with lim­ited rights in Euro­pean, Asian, and African cul­tures, women who wanted respect and polit­i­cal power found a home in the Moon­al­ice tribe. For all intents and pur­poses, Moon­al­ice had a monop­oly on matri­archy as a polit­i­cal sys­tem, but the tribe worked hard to spread its phi­los­o­phy. They didn’t make much progress for hun­dreds of years, until the women’s suf­frage move­ment took root in urban cul­tures in the late 19th cen­tury. Lever­ag­ing its thought lead­er­ship, the tribe fought to make suf­frage hap­pen as the first step towards matriarchy.

The moment of tri­umph came 88 years ago today. That’s when the 19th Amend­ment became law in the United States and women got the right to vote. Unfor­tu­nately, the 19th amend­ment came after the 18th, which was the law that banned alco­hol. Pro­hi­bi­tion shook the tribe to its core, deplet­ing its num­bers and resources at the moment of tri­umph. As a result, women’s rights stalled for another fifty, sixty, sev­enty years. But if you heard Michelle Obama’s speech from the Demo­c­ra­tic National Con­ven­tion, you know we’re back on track.



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