The Women’s March took place only a few days after I landed back in the U.S. of A. I hadn’t kept up with the info in that sector and I was a bit surprised at the follow up march. I guess I really shouldn’t have been but I was.
Maybe it was because I just came from a very different culture or maybe it’s because many of my regular contacts back home are on the super-conservative side or maybe it’s just because I live in rural America.
Before you stone me or try to convince me of whatever your point of view is, hear me out. Or in this case, read me out. Does that even make sense? Haha!
Anyway, I’m a bad news first kinda person so I’m gonna start with the two reasons I was a bit saddened by the Women’s March —
1.The high levels of rudeness were disappointing to me.
“I don’t mean to be rude—” he began, in a tone that threatened rudeness in every syllable.
“Yet, sadly, accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often,” Dumbledore finished the sentence gravely.”
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Accidental rudeness happens frequently but it’s becoming more and more common for blatant, on-purpose rudeness to be accepted.
I’m not a fan.
Not on the Internet, not on signs, not in politics, and not for whatever cause we’re fighting for.
Being sorta smart, I do realize that we live in a world where so many are offended by any little statement. A simple statement, no matter how innocent, can be thought rude. It’s not those kinda things that I’m talking about here.
Going out of the way to be rude and offensive — I’m just not digging it.
2.The push for a “Woman’s World”
Frankly, I think we need both men and women.
Men who respect women and treat them as precious, fierce, and capable people. And women who respect men and treat them as strong, honorable, and also capable people.
Okay, okay, before you jump to conclusions, I will say, not all men are honorable and yet, not all women are fierce.
We’re all just people. A wonderful and strange mix of abilities, talents, and personalities.
I don’t want a ‘Woman’s World.’ But neither am I okay with a ‘Man’s World.’
We need balance. Plain and Simple.
Are you still there?
I know many who are on the Liberal side that would say things about it being a woman’s time to shine or it’s been a man’s world for too long so it’s time it was run by women for a while. Alrighty then.
On the flip side, I also know Conservatives that can’t see the reasons we should applaud the Women’s March. Alrighty for them too.
Here’s three reasons why —
1.Women’s issues are being given a place on the platform
I’m blessed that I was not able to join in the Me Too movement. However, I have friends and family that did or could have joined in.
Issues like that should be addressed and the only person who should feel shamed is the predator. Changes have to be made and victims need to have a voice.
The Women’s March helped bring the conversation to the stage and although it’s still uncomfortable for some — it’s necessary.
2.Being a feminist is no longer taboo
Although the definition for a feminist is still a little vague, it’s getting more defined.
For years, a feminist was someone who hated men and burned bras. Thankfully, the Women’s Marches have begun changing that.
Feminism is now a thing that is relatively good.
Do some people still scoff? Sure! But there will always be those people.
On the whole, people are seeing feminism in a different light. Heck, kids are even wearing shirts to support women and that’s pretty darn cool!
3.Women are acknowledging and using their power
Women have always had power. They’ve always possessed the ability to change the world around them. Sometimes they’ve wielded that power and sometimes the majority of women sat idly by.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the Women’s Marches, you can’t deny that women are stepping into new realms as business owners, activists, and leading voices.
Women are claiming their right as equals.
And women should be treated as equals. Not the same but equal.
I don’t want to be treated like a man — I’m a woman. I’m different. I’m unique. I’m special.
But that doesn’t make me not capable, strong, and intelligent.
I can be smart and pretty. Thank the Lord!
Whatever your point of view on the Women’s Marches, I think we can all agree that women are pretty darn amazing! And that’s the gospel truth 😉