This week, after the Women’s Marches that took place around the country and the world, I have seen conversation from women who claim to be sick of feminists, or want to make it known that they are not feminists (#notmymarch). The writers seem to have feminism confused – or they don’t feel personally connected to feminist issues – which I find disturbing (especially since the global gag rule is now back in effect). To these women I would like to say, just because you think an issue doesn’t directly affect you doesn’t mean that the issue doesn’t exist.
As the brilliant Susan Speer said this week “I didn’t march because I personally feel marginalized. I marched because I can. I marched because a lot of women can’t, even if you don’t see them.”
Plainly said, these women don’t understand what feminism is really all about. At least I don’t think so.
Feminism is not, and has never been, about bringing men down. It’s about bringing women up to equality.
To pull a line from GQ, “WOMEN DON’T MARCH FOR NOTHING. The media may act as if gender equality is a done deal, but the discrimination women face every day and this year’s marches across the world tell a different story.”
Looking for the formal definition? Here it is: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
Yes, I am a card carrying feminist. No, I do not shy away from it… why would I?
I cannot say that the movement is or has always been perfect. It has not been all inclusive. It has alienated women of color, it has not focused on intersectionality (how the interaction between different social categories (e.g., race and gender) shape people’s lived experiences and the complex way inequality is arranged at the societal level so that some groups have power relative to others), it has not always elevated the issues faced in the LGBTQ community.
However, as we move forward as feminists, gathering the strength of women throughout the nation and across the globe it feels to me like we are growing in inclusivity, elevating the issues that all women face and approaching them together, for and with each other.
Together we cannot be broken. Together we can fight for our rights as women regardless of race or sexual orientation. Together we are strong. Together we move into a future in which we have created ourselves as equals. Together we are invincible.
Who run the world?