Women’s marches move people all over the world
By Quinn Storm, News Editor
On Jan. 21, 2017 women and men alike gathered from all corners of the United States to join together in Washington D.C. and protest for women’s rights. Similarly, there were smaller marches all around the country in more local cities; for example, Ann Arbor and Lansing each held one of their own. Many people, even though they may not have gone because of work, family business or other circumstances that prohibited them, supported the cause and want these women and men to succeed in fighting for our rights.
Unfortunately, there were also a number of people, again, men and women alike, who do not support the marches. These people not only do not understand the point of the marches, but are also exposing their sexist tendencies, as they do not truly support the causes that feminists support.
There are many facts about feminism that many people do not seem to understand.
Fact: One cannot be a true feminist if they do not stand up for white, black, latino, asian, arabic and all other races equally.
Fact: One cannot be a feminist if they refuse to label themselves as such. An example being one who claims to be an “equalist” or is afraid to say feminist because of the negative connotation that may go along with the word.
Fact: One cannot claim they are a feminist if they do not support the Jan. 21 women’s marches around the country.
As many supporters as there are, there are just as many people who do not believe in the cause. On Facebook, recently, there has been a post going around in which women state, through sharing the post, thoughts and feelings such as, “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 daughter, 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. Quit blaming. Take responsibility.”
This post not only undermines feminism and the idea behind the march, but also incorrectly puts the thought into women’s heads that their voice doesn’t matter. The fact is that there is a glass ceiling which is difficult, if not impossible, to break through. Just because women can vote doesn’t mean that all their voices are heard. When women in America stand up for their rights and their beliefs, it does not undermine women in third-world countries who cannot do so. In fact, if women in America can fight for themselves and get rights for themselves, then they are also capable of doing it for women internationally.
This Facebook post, along with other misogynistic comments, memes, posts, actions and thoughts, are damaging to women and girls in today’s society. Women’s marches and movements should be applauded and supported by both men and women, not criticized and torn down. Today, more than ever, it is time for women to stand up and fight for their rights.