Remember the march? You know the one.
It occurred the day after Trump’s inauguration and its purpose was to… um..
- Protest Trump?
- Defend women’s rights in the USA?
- Be a nuisance?
- Praise Obama?
- Wish HillBill were prez?
- All of the above?
I hadn’t initiated any comments about this anywhere but MY GOODNESS is there so much to say to the dumb thing that that was.
But first: A moment of silence for my recent loss as I no longer follow Mindy Kaling on social media. She posted several photos of herself at the march (not allowing comments, of course) (because [female] celebs are soooo in touch with society) and I couldn’t have it anymore. And with Chris Messina having left her show, I see no reason to keep paying for Hulu, so bye Hulu, and bye, Mindy. Hulu, it’s not you; it’s her.
Anyways, going back to reactions on that nonsensical and beyond stuuupid march held in a country where women can do SO MUCH MORE than women elsewhere, here are my favorite reactions (so far) as they encapsulate what’s been on my mind and those of millions of others sane Americans.
The best reactions to that “march”
You may have seen this first one on several other places. I posted it here because I couldn’t have said this better (emphasis mine):
“I am not a ‘disgrace to women’ because I don’t support the women’s march. … I do not feel my voice is ‘not heard’ because I am a woman. I do not feel I am not provided opportunities in this life or in America because I am a woman. I do not feel that I ‘don’t have control of my body or choices’ because I am a woman. …
I can make my own choices.
I can speak and be heard.
I can VOTE.
I can work if I want.
I control my body.
I can defend myself.
I can defend my family.
There is nothing stopping me to do anything in this world but MYSELF.
I do not blame my circumstances or problems on anything other than my own choices or even that sometimes in life, we don’t always get what we want. I take responsibility for myself.
I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am not held back in life but only by the walls I choose to not go over which is a personal choice.
If you want to speak, do so. But do not expect for me, a woman, to take you seriously wearing a pink va-jay-jay hat on your head and screaming profanities and bashing men.
If you have beliefs, and speak to me in a kind matter, I will listen. But do not expect for me to change my beliefs to suit yours. Respect goes both ways.
If you want to impress me, especially in regards to women, then speak on the real injustices and tragedies that affect women in foreign countries that do not that the opportunity or means to have their voices heard:
Saudi Arabia, women can’t drive, no rights and must always be covered.
China and India, infantcide of baby girls.
Afghanistan, unequal education rights.
Democratic Republic of Congo, where rapes are brutal and women are left to die, or HIV infected and left to care for children alone.
Mali, where women can not escape the torture of genital mutilation.
Pakistan, in tribal areas where women are gang raped to pay for men’s crime.
Guatemala, the impoverished female underclass of Guatemala faces domestic violence, rape and the second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS….
This March is irrelevant. Women here have plenty of rights, they can get drivers license, house, property, married, work, literally everything. What are they (men and women) complaining about? …
…All these tweets about how females can kiss their rights goodbye because Trump is the president. Women! Listen up, you ain’t oppressed. Not here. You can do everything and anything you put your mind to. … A [woman] is a strong individual so all you out there that are saying that you need feminism, you are not women. You are children. I believe that with Trump being president that things will turn around. His biggest accomplishment will not be putting men in women bathrooms.…
March was/is a disgrace. Most of these women couldn’t articulate what they were protesting 😳 …. What has happened to their womanly grace? … I feel ashamed of these women who didn’t protect their children from such pure hate, abhorrent language and degradation of the feminine race…. Shouldn’t it have been a celebration of all the freedoms we are afforded as women as a result of living in the greatest country in the world. I think the POTUS will protect our freedoms not destroy them….
In addition, a man whose opinion I regard immensely recently shared his feedback on this whole thing, too.
I think you’ll be amazed at what he had to say:
…I’ve been reading about these women’s marches and I’m left thinking [that] these women need to go back to school to learn about what equality means. They have equality and, in some cases, they special rights. [For example,] Men shouldn’t have to register for the draft like women.
[He also says that “when you allow for an abortion you have given a woman a choice, which a man has no say in.” So that’s one more “right” we have in this country and that men lack.]
If women keep up with the ‘to hell with men’ attitude, it won’t be long before men say ‘to hell with women.’ In fact, that’s already happening. Those same women with the ‘to hell with men’ attitude are the ones that complain about not being able to find a good man.
The problem is [these women] don’t realize that they are not what a good man wants. A good man wants a faithful and loyal wife who is willing to stick it out even when things get difficult….I feel no need to help the women who marched. They created their own hell by pushing too far and now they must deal with it because men are being much more selective and they are getting weeded out.
I really want it to stop before it gets to that part. Because innocent women will get caught in the crossfire. I’m hoping they will eventually come to their senses.…
As you see, there are a lot of opinions against this march, and the best(?) part is that they all have the same recurring theme. Which isn’t something you can say about the views in favor of said march.
Lastly, please understand that I’m not here to merely bash on something–that doesn’t have a point.
Cheaper and more efficient alternatives to “marching”
If change is what’s really desired, then there are better ways to effect it that exclude inviting Madonna to spew death threats to the new POTUS and the rest of the White House staff, or celebs ranting about how they (?) lack rights:
- Write to, call, or email your congressman(woman)
- Donate (yes, actual money!) to the organization(s) you feel advances this cause best (Planned Parenthood? Barf.)
- Provide aid to countries who lack your rights
- Volunteer in those countries or for those causes
- Petition a mandatory draft for women; give men a legal say in the outcome of a baby conceived out of wedlock
- BE a better member of your community, a good mother, teacher, leader, household head >> And influence change there first
- Along those lines, join your local government (PTA, City Council, etc.)
- Travel to other countries to learn how good you have it here
- Be open to different opinions; see other perspectives
- Don’t complain: DO something. (Slacktivism/social media “activism” doesn’t count.)
- But don’t brag about your activism, either.
Those were just some of the best reactions to that “march” + a few alternatives to it that I think women should take advantage of if they really want to change whatever it is they want to change. (A mere stroll ain’t gonna do anything.)
What’s your take on that “march”? What other options would you propose as alternatives to it?