I don’t question or doubt your Feminist stance, I don’t think I said anything to that fact either and hope I didn’t come across that way. I’m glad you feel this way! The only comment I don’t understand is the “earn it”. How does a woman earn equality if it isn’t given?
Not earn equality, per se. I mean it more in the sense that "equal pay for equal work" should be a given but you still have to put in the work. I want my girls to be who they are, as strong as they want to be, but I don't want them to be victims (and no, I don't at all think you or Harmony or women in general play victim or expect a hand out). The statement was meant to be far more positive than it sounds.
Here's an example: my daughter is at school, and she has to have a sport. And they've made accommodations for those kids - male or female - that don't play "sports" and allow, for example, dance classes, in lieu of sport. My daughter talked about playing ice hockey, but then said "well, I could join a hip hop club too", and I was like, what do you WANT to do? Hockey. Then DO it. Don't take the easy way out, and don't expect life to come to you. She did (having never skated in her life) and in a month, has worked herself up to second line on the JV team (there are three teams at her school).
In typing this out, this has less to do with "feminism" than it does "humanism". I just don't want her to assume that because she's a female, she has to settle.
I don’t think the march or the people involved are generalizing Trump’s campaign to be about women’s rights. I don’t and wouldn’t expect people to vote based purely on women’s issues – that isn’t how democracy works. If you read my reasons for marching, I marched for more than just Women’s issues. I want to speculate that a lot of other marchers feel similar.
Okay, fair point, and I certainly believe you, but did you read that op-ed from the woman that wanted to be there, but because she didn't embrace the ENTIRE agenda didn't feel welcome? Why then the overwhelmingly anti-Trump messaging? (You may not be able to answer that, it's more rhetorical). I mean I get it; I get that Trump has stirred up issues that touch on the feminist issues you're talking about (see my conversation with JoeBros. interspersed with our conversation) but it seems like the real point - equality for women - is being muddied with political things that dilute the message. I want total equality for women (and that's not lip service; I really do; I'm not threatened by that at all, and in fact, I think we're better as a nation, as a company, as a family, when everyone can bring their best to the situation) but using statements taken out of context, and making an example of someone who really does stand for something that is far more powerful and universal than any one political issue, I don't think helps the cause.
I won’t lie – there was definitely a lot of Anti-Trump going on and I don’t mind it lol. He is the president and he is the man signing laws against women’s reproductive rights. He is going to be a big focus because of these reasons. The only way I see things getting better is to actually have discussions with the opposition – which will make us all uncomfortable.
I got a text from my conservative uncle after posting my reasons for marching to facebook. He asked if I had looked into the 3 women who helped to organize the march. I told him I did and I read about Perez and Puerto Rico. I read about the Islamic woman and how people may interpret some of her posts to be pro-sharia law. I told him that I understand that some members of the organization team may have a controversial past or ties, but that doesn’t impact me or my personal reasons for marching. They are 3 women in the sea of 2.8 million. There are going to be extreme opinions, but I don’t think my personal reasons are extreme. I also want to speculate that a lot of other marchers feel similar.
Well said. I like that more even than I like your "list" and if people here really wanted to support you, they'd "+1" that paragraph. I especially like the "uncomfortable" line; it WILL be uncomfortable. But from that comes great things. It SHOULDN'T be comfortable, because that means you're being bullshitted (and that applies to both sides). I don't want to put words in your mouth, but I'm pretty sure we agree on the fundamentals here. I didn't respond to you to get you to like Trump (I don't either, I didn't vote for him, but apparently I'm far more willing to give him the benefit of the doubt than most, well, almost everybody) I responded to start the discussion. If it matters to you, I agree with most of what he's done so far; I disagree with his tweeting entirely, and I disagree with his reinstatement of the "Global Gag Rule"; I think the numbers are clear, and it will increase the numbers of unwanted pregnancies, and the number of illegal/dangerous abortions.
I definitely don’t lump you in with the “deplorables”, I just think we are looking at the same object through different kaleidoscopes.
I appreciate that recognition, very much. Thank you. Peace, and keep marching if you believe in it strongly enough (just keep your eyes wide open, and keep that recognition that there are a million different kaleidoscopes out there).