This past weekend millions of women showed up to march in solidarity for women’s rights and equality among American women.
I continue to struggle on understanding the exact intent of the march, but from media stories and posts from social media I have gathered it’s a mix between equal human rights for all, rights to healthcare for women including birth control and abortions, as well as a discontent for the new President’s statements towards minorities and women. My visit to womensmarch.com proved my initial thoughts to be true.
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s march on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognize that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
I pulled that statement from their mission and vision page. To be honest, that’s a message I could certainly get behind; equal protection under the law, fair treatment no matter your gender or skin color, and a community that I feel safe to express my thoughts and opinions.
I hope the day comes where this is true, because it certainly isn’t the case now and the women who spoke up during this weekend’s events have some trouble walking the walk behind their talk.
Equal Protection Under the Law
Every American deserves equal protection under the law, and justice for wrong doings through our judicial system. Currently this is not the case.
Former President Bill Clinton was found guilty of sexual misconduct.
Let’s talk about the individuals – and the lawsuits – that were a product of nonconsensual sexual relationships. Not only did former President Clinton rape women and treat them with the utmost disrespect, but his wife Hillary stood by him, supported him, and treated these women like dogs.
This is not a woman standing up for women’s rights; this is a woman willing to do anything, including support a sexual predator, to achieve her dreams and obtain power. How is she the face of the feminist movement? Beats me. To dive deeper into these allegations, check out this Washington Post article.
At the same time I watched as women marched all over the country in protest of a man who made some vulgar remarks. These remarks are not justified and I do not support them one bit, but how do we stand up and denounce President Trump’s rude comments without making any comment on Bill’s misconduct and his wife’s support throughout the allegations?
Just a few months ago on the campaign trail thousands of women filled venues headlined by Bill stumping for Hillary, and did not seem to have a problem with his conduct. Why weren’t these women protesting then?
This movement can’t turn a blind eye when it’s convenient for one’s own rhetoric, yet when women speak up against this current movement they are seen as “women haters.” This mentality of “if you’re not with me you’re against me” is going to be the death of this current feminist movement, but hey – I can’t say I wouldn’t be happy about that.
In addition to standing up for ALL women, and men, who’ve undergone some sort of mistreatment and not seen justice served, it’s important we also stand up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Abortion is murder; it is inexcusable, and completely unjust to the millions of innocent children who’s lives are ended entirely too soon. We must speak up for the rights to our most vulnerable and defenseless Americans. Someone stood up for your right to life – pay the respect to the thousands of unborn babies who cannot standup themselves.
What we have is a broken judicial system, not a gender equality problem. Until everyone is treated the same under the law, regardless of political position or status, the system will remain broken.
Can you imagine how this movement appears to women all over the world? To women in the Middle East who are not given the right to operate a vehicle, speak in the presence of men, or even dress themselves without covering their heads? That is what oppression looks like; that is what gender inequality looks like.
Fair Treatment Regardless of your Gender or Skin Color
Until we decide to look completely past our physical appearances and actually take into account ones ability, racism will remain a problem.
I decided to voice my opinion on the topic on a personal social media platform, and was ridiculed and told I “don’t understand” because I am white and even if I had been oppressed I probably wouldn’t know it.
Making assumptions based on my skin color – isn’t this the same problem you claim to have for minorities? Handing out scholarships and opportunities to meet minority quotas in the classroom – how is this looking past one’s skin color and into their ability?
How can we teach our children that skin color doesn’t matter if we continue to base opportunity, skill, and academic progress at some level on their skin color or heritage?
Until our society looks past ALL of our skin colors, race, ethnicity, gender etc. we won’t be able to live in a society that truly treats all with equal fairness.
My own Grandma came to America during WWII to flee the oppression she saw and experienced in Germany. As a German, she was treated differently due to her nationality at that point in our Nation’s history. Did she stand up for her human rights at that point by chanting and yelling and marching with millions of others – by dressing up as a vagina and spewing vulgar commentary?
No. She went to school, became a nurse, worked her butt off, and built a life she wanted for my Grandpa, my Dad, and all of her other children – even though she had to work exhausting night shifts.
She looked past her oppressions – real ones – and strived to define her own life as opposed to allowing others to define it for her.
I will do the same – I will define my own successes as a women. I will not allow a minority voice to tell me that I am oppressed and argue I “don’t understand” my oppression. This leads to my next point –
Freedom to express my Opinions and Beliefs
To best understand my viewpoint, let’s go back to the day Obama won his second term in 2012. I was in college at NC State University and had just gotten off work from waiting tables at a popular steakhouse chain and decided to go check out the environment in downtown Raleigh, NC with my roommate.
This was the second time I felt true defeat at a young age of 21. I had helped McCain’s campaign as a high-schooler in 2008 and here was another failed attempt at defeating Obama.
I got to see and hear from plenty that were excited, drunk, and exhausted from their efforts to elect their candidate. Their support of centralized healthcare, their obliviousness to the man’s foreign policy, and their general support in a larger, more invasive government scared me.
Their lack of support for privacy and individual property rights scared me.
Above all, the left’s inability and unwillingness to discuss these issues and my opposing viewpoints to theirs is what worried me most.
During all of this I did not ask to be excused from class, tests, nor the private classroom space to deal with my emotions. I was made stronger by learning how to deal with opinions opposite of mine, and by using that to my benefit to grow and solidify my own views.
For that reason, I feel blessed to be part of the college minority as a Conservative Christian.
As a student at NC State University there were times when the administration would fail to give us a permit to have a table set up for Young Americans for Liberty, and I saw College Republican members get kicked off campus while trying to register students to vote, all while Obama support groups never seemed to have the same problem.
How can we find the best solutions to society’s problems with half of society or more are excluded or labeled as “intolerant” for their views? We can’t. We must, for the sake of our society, look past our differences and have an honest and open dialogue.
There are valid points that are being brought up at this time, but the message being expressed within the current “women’s movement” has such a strong double standard I simply can’t get behind it. Similar to the Occupy Wall Street movement, the valid points have gotten lost within the embellished rhetoric and vague mission. In our history women have faced extreme adversity, and there are still many areas that need improvement in our society. However, the modern woman in America sees more opportunity and prosperity than any woman in history and that’s something that should be celebrated.