I cannot hold in my words any longer. I’ve been trying so hard to not write this post because I know the controversy surrounding my social media right now, but I cannot bite my tongue any longer. It’s difficult for me to even fathom that their is controversy around a women’s march for equality, and even harder for me to fathom that I have to try and defend that march. How could a march for gender, race, and universal equality for all not be something that is universally accepted?
We need to destroy this idea that somehow marching for gender rights and equality suddenly equals a hatred for men. Feminism is the belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. It doesn’t even mention women in the definition. That is both sexes. That is not just for women. That does not say that women want to be treated like men, that does not say that men should be hated. IT says EQUALITY for the SEXES. How can that be an idea that you are not behind? How are you a WOMAN or MAN and not in support of this?
To the woman who says “This is not your march”
This is your march. This is a march for equality of the sexes, races, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations. If you already think that women are equal, this is still your march. If you feel like women and men have different qualities and therefore are separate but equal…this is your march. This march is for ALL SEXES. This march is for YOU. If you get annual gyno check ups, mammograms, and birth control…this is your march. This march is for any woman that has made a lower salary annually than a man, while being in the same position and number years of experience. This is for the woman that make $.0.70 to every man’s dollar. This is for any woman that has ever felt like a sexual object.This march is for any woman that has had to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace.This is for all women who have to pay a special tax for tampons and pads for a reproductive function you cannot even control. YOU DON’T NEED TO PERSONALLY EXPERIENCE OPPRESSION TO KNOW THAT IT HAPPENS IN THIS COUNTRY AND OTHERS. It can be extremely hard to understand what being oppressed feels like if you are not being oppressed.I will never know what it feels like to be a black woman in this country, but I do know that it’s harder for them, I know that white privilege exists. Although I have never personally felt what being a black woman is like, I will march for them because I believe that they deserve equality. If you are a woman and have never felt oppressed, I am so happy for you. But please understand that millions of women in this country do feel oppressed, and we are marching for them. If you don’t want to march for yourself, then march for someone else. March for a domestic violence survivor, march for a woman that has worked her whole life to be in the business world only to be told “she only got there because she is pretty”, march for someone who has been slut shamed, march for someone who has been raped and the man got a slap on the wrist. MARCH FOR HER.
To the woman that says “This is a march for the right to kill babies.”
Planned parenthood isn’t an abortion center. I know that’s the horror stories you’ve heard. But that is only part of what planned parenthood actually does. Planned parenthood is one of the largest healthcare provider’s in America.They provide high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and are the nation’s largest provider of sex education. 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy. Planned Parenthood prevent approximately 579,000 unintended pregnancies in a single year (that’t about 579,000 abortions that did not happen).Planned Parenthood provides more than 270,000 Pap tests and more than 360,000 breast exams in a single year, critical services in detecting cancer. Planned Parenthood provides more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests.Three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services. SO NOT ALL PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUPPORTERS ARE SUPPORTING ABORTION. They are however supporting quality, and affordable healthcare to everyone, without discrimination.
To the woman that says, “I don’t support the march because of the vulgar language they used”
How did you support a candidate that said the exact same words? Do you realize that the language used in this march were terms that President Trump has used to describe women before? He coined the phrase “Grab them by the pussy” and suddenly saying “this pussy grabs back” is used as a deterrent for you supporting The Women’s March? If you are so offended by women calling themselves NASTY WOMEN then why were you SILENT when Donald Trump called Hilary Clinton a NASTY WOMAN? The terms used in the marches were direct quotes from President Trump. IF YOU WERE OFFENDED BY THESE WORDS AND TERMS IN THE MARCH THEN YOU HAVE BEEN OFFENDED BY TRUMP. You say that they were just words and locker room talk when trump said them, but when women protesting for equality and your rights say them they are suddenly more than just words.
To the woman that says, “We have plenty of rights, what about the rights of women in other countries who have it worse than us”
You realize this was a global women’s march right? Not just America was involved in this. Australia, Germany, France, UK, Kenya, Japan, and others also held Women’s marches.
To the woman that says she is not a feminist.
Please realize that by saying this you are saying that you do not in fact believe in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. Please understand that saying you are not a feminist is you choosing to take your privilege, and refusing to believe that other women are not oppressed. You are telling millions of women that have dealt with the wage gap, are scared to lose their rights, have been slut shamed, have dealt with sexual harassment,and have had their rapists get off the hook, that since you have never dealt with those issues that they are not real. I know that racism is real, I know that white privilege is real, I know that racial profiling is real, I know that trans phobia is real, I don’t have to experience these things first hand to know that they are real, I can see them and I will continue to fight for equality in all forms. I will continue to fight for the minorities of my country. I will continue to classify myself as a feminist, no matter how dirty that word gets, because I know what it truly means.
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