Why I marched
Someone asked what rights men have that women don’t. Women can drive and vote and own property, even run for public office. We’ve come a long way, baby! Even though the question was asked in anger, I’ll try to tone down the attitude in my thoughts on the matter because an angry woman is “nasty”, a “bitch”, even a “cunt”. Things get creative from there. What’s an angry man? Women want the same right to anger as men have.
Did you know there are test strips and special finger nail polish that change color when exposed to date rape drugs? We want the right to go out, with friends or alone, without the possibility of being raped as our default setting.
If, God forbid, we are raped we want the right to go to the hospital and police without cynicism and accusations. No, it wasn’t because of where we were or what we were wearing. Whether or not we had flirted with him or even had had sex with him in the past is irrelevant and shouldn’t even be asked. We want our evidence kits tested, not destroyed. We want him to have to live with his crime for the rest of his life. He gave us a life sentence. Why should he get off with less?
We want pay equity. Same shit, different century. We want to get jobs based on our qualifications. How many people voted against Mrs. Clinton because they “don’t want to look at her for four years”? So because she isn’t “pretty”? Bullshit. How many women have lost job opportunities because they are married or of child-bearing age? How often do you hear of men losing promotions because they might decide to have a child in the next couple of years?
There are also rights we want to protect that are under systematic attack. OK, I’ll go there. Planned Parenthood provides education, cancer screenings, birth control (which can prevent abortions, fyi), and general healthcare in many clinics where the population has little other access to these services. Yes, some clinics even provide abortion services. Without touching on right or wrong here, let’s keep back alley abortions as a thing of the past. Now, if you are of the belief that abortion is murder, remember not everyone agrees with you. We are asking that our medical choices be between us and our medical professional and not based on your beliefs or opinions. I’m sure there are ways you can educate others on your beliefs while helping, rather than harming, the women faced with this heartbreaking choice.
And if a woman needs permission from someone other than her medical provider to have an abortion, a man should need permission to get ED pills, which should be issued with two condoms and a Plan B pack. Per pill, not prescription. Oh, would that raise the price? Well, why should we be paying for him to have sex, anyway?
It seems our right to peaceably assemble has also recently come under verbal assault.
Now, if you think the Marches were all about “women’s rights”, you weren’t paying attention.
Our new President has financial interest in a hotel that foreign leaders have already said of course they’ll stay in to curry favor. Our new President has financial interests in oil pipelines, most notoriously the Dakota Access Pipeline. He is now in a position to enact legislation that will do irreparable harm to the water protectors, the water source, the land, and everything else in the name of PERSONAL PROFIT.
Our new President has nominated for positions people who are eminently unqualified and have frightening views for their proposed departments.
Our new President has already moved to undo insurance protections for the poor, the disabled, and the chronically ill.
We the People marched to remind him that we are aware of his conflicts of interest and we are watching him and holding him accountable.
We the People marched to send a message to his appointees that we are watching them and holding them accountable, too.
We the People marched to send a message to the people in our new President’s line of fire that we’ve got you covered, even if you misunderstand or despise us. An attack on one of us is an attack on all free Americans.
We the People marched to remind the President and his cronies that just because you prefer to live in a world of alternative facts doesn’t mean reality goes away or follows your command.
Has all of the childish name-calling, the negativity, the hatred being spewed by the President’s supporters made me regret my decision to march? On the contrary, it’s furthered my resolve to action. I will attend every march, every rally, every meeting, every group get-together I can until sanity reigns and reality is restored. When you insult me and call me names I learn more about you than I do myself. Anyway, this snowflake is proud to be part of the avalanche.
Posted on January 24, 2017, in Alternative Reality, Liberal, March, Politics, President, Protest, Random Musings, Rights, Sherry, Snowflake, Uncategorized, Women, Women's Rights. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.