This is for Marilyn–not a poem! Written over three years ago, it predated the “Me too” movement, but fits right in with the climate today of”one step forward, one step back.” Which will it be by the end of this political “reign”? Hopefully, if a woman winds up on the moon it will be literally and not figuratively.

For Ragtag’s “Moon” prompt.

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“To the Moon, Alice!”
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On “The Honeymooners,” Ralph Kramden (played by Jackie Gleason) had a phrase that those of us of a certain age can’t help but remember.  “To the moon, Alice, to the moon!” he would rasp at his wife (played by the inimitable Audrey Meadows) whenever he had no less predictable comeback to her never predictable jibes. Of course, the idea was that this was how far he would knock her.  An upraised fist often accompanied his threat.

The audience, of course, would roar.  So hilarious this empty threat, for America knew that Ralph would never make good on the threat. Even Alice never flinched–supposedly because she, too, knew those words signaled an empty threat.  But underneath those words and the fact that viewers found them to be so hilarious, was the idea that such threatened violence was funny–and, somehow, that such treatment of his wife was a…

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One thought on ““To the Moon, Alice!”

  1. katemccseattle

    Your point is very well taken. Societal acceptance of inappropriate behavior in entertainment, portrayed today as well as in the past, makes misogyny is an excepted norm. I worked in a male dominated profession and it was hard to believe what some people thought was okay.
    I’d love to see the powers that be come up with a Honeymooners type show that included guys having their mouths washed out with soap for inappropriate language and stiletto heels on the toes for not keeping their hands to themselves…surely that is at least as funny as a threat to belt a woman.

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