What’s a queen without her king? Well, historically speaking… more powerful.

I must admit, I enjoy this aphorism and opted to spotlight it today as our nation tries desperately to regress into a Handmaid’s Tale scenario.

One only need look at the short list to prove this true:

#1: Cleopatra VII, Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt
69 – 30 BC

Her life is historic. Her death is legendary. She was a political mastermind who went from initially ruling with her relatives to the sole pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. As Julius Caesar’s ally and “baby-mama,” she influenced the fate of two empires. One of the richest women in history, Cleopatra is bar-none the most popular Queen to have ever lived.

#2: Elizabeth I of England
1533 – 1603

“The Virgin Queen,” “Gloriana,” or simply “Good Queen Bess,” Elizabeth I defined an era. A politically stabilizing force, she oversaw England’s colonial expansion. Her patronage of the arts led to a plethora of English masterpieces, including the works of Shakespeare. 

#3: Catherine the Great of Russia
1729 – 1796

She rose from a low-level German princess to celebrated Russian Empress. With the successful acquisition of new territory and her introduction of new religious and educational reforms, Catherine the Great turned Russia from a medieval backwater into a major European player.

The actual list is considerably longer, I list these three iconic women as examples of how ass backwards the white male dominated decision makers in the United States are being when it comes to telling women what they can and cannot do with their own bodies.

Women are a force to be reckoned with. They are equals, if not superior to men (as we cannot bear children and they can) and should be treated a such, paid as such and respected as such. Watching this new wave of chauvinism wash over the world like a repressive wave of ignorance is outright insulting to anyone who has a brain.

I firmly believe that any man who is worth a damn, and secure enough in their own self worth should wake up and recognize that women are being trod upon in countless ways. They suffer discrimination across the board and it is just unthinkable in 2022 that this ignorance can continue.

Happy Tuesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!