Rabblerousers and Names


8th grade, 1968, new state, new school, girls were not allowed to wear pants to school. I pleasantly and determinedly created a petition to request that girls be allowed to wear pants to school. I got enough signatures, it worked, we were allowed to wear pants.

Mr. Brenner, my English teacher, said “Mary, you are a rabblerouser!” I had to look up the word in the dictionary. An old fashioned one, with alphabetical listings, remember those? When I found out that the word describes itself, one who rouses the rabble, I blushed with flustered….shame! embarrassment! horror!

What I wondered then, and I still wonder now, this many years later, is why do Rabblerousers have a name if not to imply that there is something wrong – or annoying – or dangerous – about them?

And yes I am still rousing the rabble. Nothing huge, but yeah I still do.

8 comments on “Rabblerousers and Names

  1. Jody says:

    We had to wear school uniforms. Our rabblerousing was wearing chukka boots with our grey plaid skirts! Oooooh, we were bad. 😉

  2. indytony says:

    Well, at least you didn’t burn your bra. Or maybe you did? (Sorry if I spoiled your next post).

  3. Thoroughly enjoyable !

  4. aloha Mary – i think we can rename ourself. maybe we can become calmrousers. or smilerousers. or joyrousers. or laughterrousers. i’m not starting a petition, mind you. i’ve just found it’s okay to do things the way i want to do them sometimes. most of the time. and words are fun. and names are fun too. aloha.

  5. aloha rick – i like your re-naming. and i like your approach to life, that it’s okay to do things the way you want to do them sometimes. not so sure that would make a blog post! have you blogged about that idea? maybe it would, actually.
    thanks for stopping by, aloha.

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