Some of my favorite commentary so far on the Women’s March is contained in a reply to one of Milo Yiannopoulos’s videos relating to the event. Sharon (a woman, fyi) wrote…
“When you’re so privileged that you are some of the richest people on earth, have a higher standard of living than almost anyone in the history of the planet, can freely protest things that are proven to be myths, have voting rights, can hold elected office, can drive, don’t get stoned to death for being raped, can go out in public without being covered head to toe, can go out in public without being accompanied by a man, have higher rate of employment than men, win the majority of child custody battles, don’t have to sign up for the selective service, obtain the majority of college degrees, and only represent 0.1% of all combat deaths….
You are living proof that when you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.”
Here’s the link, too, if you want to see some of the replies to her:
That about sums up my outlook on the whole thing. What they’re claiming to stand for with this whole demonstration is disjointed, incoherent, somewhat anti-Trump – and that last bit is solely on the basis of irrational, fabricated, untrue nonsense – and ultimately meaningless. We live in an age where women are marching on the streets for rights that their mothers and grandmothers already fought for. Fought for, and won.
I think it would be nice if they’d wake the fuck up to that last part, and give the last few generations of women (when the feminist movement still stood for equal rights) the credit they deserve for having already attained the rights the modern movement (3rd wave “feminism”) claims to be fighting for. My advice to the women out there still fighting for this: pick a new fight, women stronger than you already picked this one decades ago imo.
They picked it, and they won it. You can’t make equality more equal.
Not unless you’re willing to sign up for selective service, which is one of the very few remaining things that aren’t equal yet (and that should be), but that’s leveling the playing field to be more fair to men, which is itself evidence not just of the rights women have in our country in the present, but the privileges and special treatment they still recieve and take for granted.
The only other alternative left to you is to go places where the fight really isn’t over, but for that you’ll need to travel. I recommend Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and a few other middle eastern countries, for starters. Go march for the rights of women who aren’t allowed to drive, who can’t go outside their house without a man to supervise them, and go march for the rights of homosexuals who are thrown off of buildings in many of these countries because of their sexual orientation.
They aren’t any gay men or women being thrown off of buildings here, and there aren’t any women being stoned to death. If you want to go fight that fight, go where you can fight it for real. Here, I – and many, many others – would argue that we’ve already won.
If I believed otherwise, I’d be out there marching with you in support, but you already have your equal rights. Have had them for years. So tbh, I’d just as soon not waste my time.