Ok, day 3 and already I see FB posts of women bashing the Women’s March attendees. Not cool…at all. I do already feel like an empowered woman and in no way a victim despite events around me that I had no control over. I’ve worked tooth and nail for that. I wasn’t drawn to go to the event because I take care of myself, I’m single, I have my own money (not rich yet), and own a home. I’m 2-3 steps out from patriarchal oppression just because of that (not that it still couldn’t do me in).
But for some women to say, “You shouldn’t choose to feel like a victim” when IN FACT we live in a country that is run by institutionalized patriarchy, is pure denial.
Q: Are you married to a male and have his children?
Q: Are you subsidized by the money he makes? Sure, you make money, but are you educated enough, work hard enough, are organized enough, have good credit enough to stand on your own two feet alone financially like most men could, single?
Sure they can stand on their own. The system is set up to support men to make more money than women!! There are tons of studies folks, of sexual harassment in the workplace and men taking credit for women’s accomplishments.
If your answers are yes to those questions, you’re a kept woman by patriarchy and probably don’t even realize it because it’s such a largely held value for women. You have unwittingly chosen to put yourself in a place to be victimized by the ENTRENCHED institution of patriarchy.
A Woman’s march isn’t going to solve that but women need to support one another, not bash and try to one up. Until women have
EQUAL amounts of our own money,
EQUAL opportunity for home ownership and other buying power,
stop bashing the women out there who against HUGE odds and trauma have had to directly deal with a system that is rigged against them. Come out from behind your man and your Bible and face your own fear and oppression of what… life… would be like…. without a man’s protection,
because by nature, they can easily prey on you if you’re alone and it has happened to me since my mates have died.
HILLARY KNEW ALL OF THIS AND WAS TRYING TO HELP CHANGE THE INSTITUTION TO EVEN THINGS OUT!
And now we have Donald and his followers, who think it’s more empowering for women to be pretty rather than vocal and intelligent, wear short skirts, push their breasts up as high as possible and sell perfume and jewelry. Yeah, that’s empowering like it is for a cow to get branded on the farm by a hot iron. Fucking idiots.
Sculpture by Artist Paige Bradley