It has been a long while since I last posted. I feel the need to say thank you.
Thank you to the women and men that Marched yesterday, Saturday, January 21st, 2017 was a historic day. As I went to bed last night, I had a moment of awareness and awe. I said to my husband as I realized, “The things happening this week are the things that will be in history books someday. Real history is being made. The new president, the march, all of it.” I have seen the posts on Facebook that state, “This is not a moment. This is a movement.”
It really is, and like that, I went from being depressed about the ongoings of American politics and the state of our country to faith in the power of unity and the things we can teach our children. It was the incredible turnout of the marches across our nation, and the world and the overwhelming support of others that were unable to make the Women’s Marches of 2017.
I have also seen a few posts from women stating they don’t support the Women’s March. Disheartening yes, but also a minority. However, rather than trying to make them understand the importance of the historic events that have occurred over the past few days remember that we are in support of something bigger. We stand up for them, even when they don’t want to stand with us. I understand if you want to go against the grain, or feel that fighting for rights is playing the victim. That is your stance, and you can feel that way. I will still stand up in support for you. I will do this because the movement is about more than what I saw in the Facebook post. Whether a woman wants to stay at home, and cook, clean, take care of her children and husband that is what we stand up for. We stand up for the woman that chooses to work to provide for her family that way. The woman who chooses not to have children, the woman that chooses to spend her life traveling, that chooses to work for others, I could go on. We stand stronger when we support them, rather than trying to tear them down. We stand up for our children, our daughters, and sons. To teach our sons how to respect all people, and stand up alongside women, and that feminism does not mean they are less of a man, and we hope that someday our society and judicial system will also understand this. That sometimes, it is not just boys being boys. That the discriminatory and vulgar words you use, or when you harm others physically, emotionally, and sexually there should be consequences. That what a female chooses to wear or drink will never make rape acceptable, no matter where the rapist goes to school, or how high his grades are. We stand to teach our children that it is okay for a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman because love is love. We stand to keep the rights that our strong female predecessors and allies fought for. We stand to show our children that no matter what race, religion, gender, we all deserve equal rights. Over the past year, many statements have been made, and people’s actions brought to light over national media. This is what created this movement. This is what prompted record-breaking numbers at the Women’s Marches. It was a major shift in people recognizing misogyny, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, the inability for some to separate church and politics (and human rights), rape culture, and the reality of seeing these things in our lives. Whether personally affected or not, we see them and we all know someone that is.
Many believe feminism is about women becoming superior and it skews the perception of the cause. I have to imagine it started by someone feeling threatened by strong females. Girls should not run the world, and neither should men. We should run the world, as people, as equals. Feminism is about seeking equality. Equality for all women and men. So when I support the Women’s March and this movement, I am in support of equal rights for all men and women.