As I sat down to write about my experience at the Women’s March I must have seriously short-circuited because I found myself watching Tomi Lahren’s final thoughts on said march. Boy, am I glad I watched that little ditty of hers. For someone who didn’t go to the march, she sure had a lot to say about what happened and whoa, was she pissed off. What I found most humorous is what upset her most….all the signs. The signs absolutely enraged her. She expressed her disdain over the vulgarity of the signs. You know, the ones that had words like “science”, “me too”, “my body”, and “we stand together.” Or perhaps, she was mad at the ones that had vaginas depicted on them. If she’s that offended by the sight of a vagina, I’ve got news for her – she has one and she should take a mirror to it sometime. She wondered if letting children see these signs is any way to raise a child. Taking parental advice from non-mom Tomi Lahren would be like taking advice from me. Why would you do that? I have zero experience as a mother. We should leave mothering up to, oh I don’t know, mothers. I just find the whole thing ironic. I mean, did aliens come and delete our brain cells? Our President said, “grab them by the pussy” when referring to his advances towards women. Oh, I forgot – that’s locker room talk. I’m pretty sure that generations to come will be more shocked by “Pussygate” than some posters with glittered labia on them. She was also livid over what she referred to as “women bashing” at the march. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I had to go back and unfortunately listen to that twice to be certain of what I heard. You could basically get high on the inspiration and empowerment emanating from the Women’s March, so I remain baffled by her claims that men and women marched around cities to bash successful and independent women like herself and others. Did she somehow think the march was….about her? Oh, dear. I was going to scrap this post and let it be, but that’s just not right. So, to help the cause, I am here to give some facts about the march so the haters can un-bunch their panties and perhaps get a glimpse of it from someone who actually attended it.
Let’s do this.
It’s a man-hating, man-bashing march. Well, there is one fella who most, if not all of us, dislike/disagree with. And yes, he and his agenda are certainly topics of conversation. We’re simply not big fans of men telling us what we can and can’t do with our own bodies and reproductive systems or….for that matter, telling us what to do in general. And yes, we’re definitely not crazy about the men who use their power to sexually harass women. Can you blame us? Should we just sit back and be quiet? No can do. If that’s man-bashing then I am so very sorry.
It’s all women. It’s not. There are men of all ages, races, religions and sexual orientations that attend the march. Folks from the LGBTQ community attend the march. Parents also bring their children.
It’s a woman-bashing march. Of course, there are women who do not align with our views and of course, we’re going to discuss that. In her rant, Tomi brought up that there are women in the White House taking on pivotal roles. Yes, it is wonderful that for the first time in history there is a mother as the press secretary, but does that mean we have to agree with everything Huckabee says? Absolutely not. Having opposition to views is not woman-bashing, it’s using our brains and having discussions. And for the women that choose not to attend the march for whatever reason – you do you. No hate here.
We’re all just a bunch of liberal hippies who don’t have jobs and just want to cause problems. I actually had to request a sub for my job as a yoga teacher to attend. Wow, that just upped my liberal hippie status…a yogi!? However, I met up with friends who are lawyers, sex therapists, sign language interpreters, grad students, retired firefighters, city volunteers, fitness instructors and a hospital administrator. And it was on a Saturday, so there’s that. Sidenote: I find no offense in someone calling me a hippie. Peace.
Some marchers wear costumes. This is true. Some people use this opportunity to dress in a way that expresses what they are feeling or the message they want to get across. But I think what people really loathe are the pink pussy hats. I find it interesting that people hating on them are some of the same folks that will paint their faces, wear their team colors or uniforms, and also gather in masses to show support for a team they love. I’ve seen grown men with painted beer bellies and nipples screaming half-naked in a crowd in the middle of winter. Where’s all the outrage?! Oh wait, there isn’t any. Well, this is our team and we wear what we choose to support it.
It’s an angry march filled with angry marchers. Well, this one is partially true. Yes, people are angry for reasons they choose to be angry about, so they are showing up to be heard, participate, to listen and to learn. But here’s the thing, I’ve never been around so many happy/pissed off people in my life. We are a loving, passionate bunch. I’ve seen more violence and rage at a football game. We’re not walking around looking to loot and break windows. We’re marching to promote change, conversation, and awareness. We’re challenging and questioning our government. I know, it’s terrible of us.
It’s just an opportunity to make and carry a stupid sign. Well, my argument to that would be….who cares? I brought a giant sign of my cat’s head cause a) the little asshole makes people smile and b) it helps me find my people. And don’t most supporters at rallies and marches carry/wear all kinds of signs, flags, and apparel? You know, kind of like that one group that carries tiki torches.
It’s all about politics. Of course, it’s about politics. Yet, so much more. It’s about making the change we want to see in our country. It’s about being heard. It’s about making decisions for our own bodies and fighting for reproductive rights. It’s about treatment in the workplace, at schools, at home, everywhere. It’s about sexual misconduct. It’s about speaking up when so often – we are told or threatened to be quiet. It’s about equality for all beings. It’s about encouraging women to run for office, to get involved, and to vote. That is what I call….empowerment.
The marchers are annoying. Yes, if you don’t want to hear what the marchers have to say, then yes, we are probably very annoying to you. Sorry?
It’s stupid and won’t change anything. Well, good thing the women and men before us didn’t have this mindset. We might still be sitting on opposite ends of the bus and women still might be looking only a stovetop and never a ballot. Change is not immediate. We know things aren’t going to suddenly transform the next day, but that’s why it’s a movement. The civil rights movement. The women’s suffrage movement. You can think it’s stupid all you want, but our goal is to create dialogue and change over time. This year, 300,000 folks marched in Chicago – that’s 50,000 more than last year.
Fears. My friend and I had a spot where we’d meet in the event something terrible happened. That threat is very real this day and age. But here’s the reality of the situation – the threat of a mass shooting or terrorist attack, albeit very real and very scary, isn’t the same as the threat we women face on a daily basis in all different aspects of our lives and that is the GD truth. So we’re willing to put fear and uncertainty aside and march down the city streets with our fellow sisters and misters and those that don’t identify as either.
Larry Nassar. This one goes out to the men that say, “it’s all good, you don’t need to march for our girls”. You truly have no idea what little girls, our future women, have in store for them. We marched on the very same weekend that some survivors (which there are more than 100) confronted U.S.A.’s gymnasts physician, Larry Nassar. These brave women read statements of ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of their freaking doctor. Much of this was enabled and turned a blind eye to by the system and his peers. While that settles in, just know we will continue to march for all women and all girls.
And here’s my truth. The Women’s March illuminates within me. It’s filled with incredibly smart, determined, thought-provoking, and vibrant humans that want the best for our country and have created a platform for change. It’s inspiring and a bit intoxicating, as were the mimosas (and bacon) we celebrated with afterward. As a woman, I enjoy supporting and celebrating my fellow women and humans. Listening to inspiring speeches and hearing words of empowerment reminds me of what a force it is to be a woman. We are strong, we are determined and we are resilient. Annually uniting with thousands of people that share similar values and beliefs as me is one of my favorite days of the year. For those that choose to reduce this entire movement down to a few signs or costumes which they deem vulgar, well, that’s their problem. The Women’s Movement isn’t going anywhere. And if you’re a sucker for facts like myself, it seems to be growing in size. Well done, Marchers.
For those that read this far, thank you. Please feel free to share. Peace and Love. xo
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