The day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a march took place on the National Mall called the Women’s March on Washington. Initially, it was referred to as the “Million Women March,” but that was changed.
My initial reaction was to question what these women were marching for or against. Was it just that they hate Donald Trump and were traumatized by his unexpected victory over their beloved, Hillary Clinton? Did they have some valid “beefs” with the new administration or were they generally unhappy with the progress women have made for over half of a generation or were they scared that Roe vs. Wade would be overturned?
According to one of the organizers, Tomika Mallory, the effort was not anti-Trump. Instead, it was a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time.
Per npr.org, the march got its start as a cross-country collaboration among seven women in the aftermath of election day and gained traction online, becoming a network of 50-plus events in multiple countries.
Still not sure about the purpose of the women’s march, I sought out information from the far-left website, VOX. In an article entitled, “To understand the Women’s March on Washington, you need to understand intersectional feminism.” Well, hold it right there. I don’t know what intersectional feminism is Reading further down into the article, I determined that “intersectional feminism” is the idea that many women are members of other marginalized groups, which affects their experiences.
Brittany Cooper, an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University explained, “And those parts—race, gender, sexuality, and religion, and ability—are not incidental or auxiliary. They matter politically.” Lehigh University’s Monica Miller defined it in an unpublished 2014 interview with Vox: “An intersectional feminist approach understands that categories of identity and difference cannot be separated and doesn’t abandon one category of analysis such as gender, or sexuality in favor of analyzing others such as race, and class.”
Apparently, this concept of intersectionality is not a new one. Kimberle Crenshaw, a law professor at UCLA and Columbia is credited with coining the term intersectionality in a 1989 paper entitled, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics.”
After wading through the Vox article, I still didn’t have a clue as to what this march was all about. But it did make me wonder why I’ve spent so much of my time trying to be the best that I could in the fields where I have worked. Could I have not done just as well writing BS articles and contemplating the concept of intersectionality? Silly me.
After the above, and almost two weeks, I’m still not sure what this march was about. The women participating have indicated that it was about women’s right in which they were being denied. I heard complaints of lack of access to basic women’s health care, violence against women, reproductive rights, equal pay for equal work, etc.
As few as fifty-five or sixty years ago, a woman could not get credit or purchase a house. Furthermore, a woman graduating or leaving school was destined to live with her parents if she had not found herself a man and didn’t have plans to marry. The most common occupations for women back then were secretary, school teacher, or nurse. If you did accept a job in a town other than the one in which you grew up, you were lucky to be able to rent a room. While in those days, there were certainly women doctors, lawyers, and engineers, they were few and far between.
Fast-forward to today, and none of the above holds true. Women are buying houses, getting credit, entering fields of their choice. The sky’s the limit.
Could things be better for today’s woman? Of course, they can. Perfection will not be achieved until Jesus returns and sets up his 1000-year kingdom here on earth.
Now, I’m sure that there are places where women doing the same job as men are getting paid less. That may be an unwritten company policy or there may be reasons a certain woman is getting paid less than a certain man. I’ve written on this before and in my writings indicated that discrimination is hard to prove and each case of alleged inequity should be examined separately. But if a woman finds herself in that position, I believe it should be up to her to do what’s best. Leave the company and go someplace else to work. And I do acknowledge that this may be easier said than done.
We’re human beings. We have brains and a sense of reason. Unlike animals, we can, and at times must refrain from giving into certain urges or behavior. In other words, we have the means to take responsibility for ourselves, and we should, if possible, do so.
Many women are concerned with a Donald Trump presidency that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and it will therefore, be up to the states to decide on abortion restrictions. At this time, no one can say whether or not that will happen.
Some women seemed to be unhappy with the fact that it is their bodies chose to carry a child and give birth to that child. Thus, they want society to pay for their birth control, even though most birth control methods cost less than $15.00 per month. With the above, some of these women participating in the marches on January 21, feel anger because it’s necessary to purchase certain feminine products for hygiene purposes; whereas, men don’t have to purchase such things.
In her rant during the march in Washington, D.C., actress, Ashley Judd indicated that pads and tampons are still taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not. According to Politifact, that is only half true. When it comes to sales taxes on purchases, states typically set the rules. Seven states currently exempt tampons, menstrual cups, and pads from taxation. Five states have no sales tax at all. So, as of January 22, 2017, thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia tax feminine hygiene products. Because it is a prescription drug, Viagra, an erectile dysfunction medicine, isn’t taxed in any state except Illinois. Rogaine, a product for hair loss, is exempt from taxes in eight states because it is an over-the -counter treatment and doesn’t require a prescription.
How much money are we talking about? Is it even worth it? If you think it is, then petition your state representative for review.
The women’s march in Washington and the sister marches held around the country, including my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, were nothing but a bunch of spoiled whiney babies throwing temper tantrums that their candidate was not elected president. And to add fuel to the fire, many of the hats worn were knitted by hand and had cat ears on each side. These were more commonly called “pussy hats.” Some of the women were also wearing costumes made to look like female genitals. Vulgar signs were displayed and foul language such as the F-word were often shouted.
According to The Black Sphere, following the march, tens of thousands chose to leave their signs outside various DC landmarks, including the White House and the Trump International Hotel.
Can you get much classier? Even if I did have a major grievance about something, I would not allow these marching women, whether they were part of the Washington march or other sister marches around the nation, or even advocates of the marches, represent me on anything. In fact, I fear they have hurt women’s causes all over the nation. Would you hire someone who was a part of an advocate of these marches? I certainly would not.