Speak Up Now: Thoughts on the Women's March11:00 PM
I originally planned to post another outfit post, but I decided to push that off until later. What happened just this past weekend was so incredibly powerful and remarkable, I just had to talk about it. I’m sure you all know what I’m getting at. The Women’s March on Washington. But, more importantly, the way it grew into a worldwide movement.
Literally the past two days everything I came across was related to politics. The concert, the inauguration, #CakeGate, fashion designers’ refusals, the mishap on Twitter, and of course the Women’s March. I am so proud to be living amongst activists, amongst people who won’t stand for shit, who will speak up for what they believe in. I am so proud to be a part of history in the making.
However, this also makes me quite depressed. To know that even though we are living in the 21st century, we still have to fight for human rights, for equality. This is in no way the best comparison, yet I can’t help but feel like we are living, to some extent, in a real life version of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Only because disappointing things keep happening, and our reality is such a nightmare we can’t wake from. Yet, this march that just happened does give us a glimmer of hope. Hope that we are getting somewhere. Hope that this ridiculous nonsense will finally end.
The Women’s March was such a brilliant positive, despite everything else going on.
I may not be as much of a social activist as I could, but I still strongly believe in speaking up and fighting for what you believe in. Injustice won’t stop if you sit around just hoping for it to end. You got to do something about it to spread the message that it’s not okay. I’ve only read in textbooks about monumental activist events. I never thought I would live in one. It’s so crazy to believe that one day, textbooks will be documenting that day, Saturday January 21st 2017.
Women’s rights shouldn’t be an issue to discuss. We make up half the population. Yet, we are considered the minority. Who gave men the power to dominate? To act like they are superior? Women are every much as capable and strong and intelligent. Equality should not be something to fight for. Equality should be a given.
This goes for not only gender inequalities, but also racial inequalities as well. As someone of minority, in terms of gender and race, this strongly resonates with me. I’ve had to face racism before, and it doesn’t just hurt. It tears you apart, and hits you deep down. It makes you question what it is that’s wrong with you. It makes you doubt everything you are worth. Though sexism has luckily not been a problem for me, and hopefully not ever), that doesn’t mean I care any less of it. We should treat each other as we want to be treated. This philosophy we were taught from childhood is anything but childish.
I don’t care if saying this makes me lose readers. If I wasn’t clear enough before, I will be clear now. I am completely against the 45th “president” of America. I am very much anti-Trump. It disgusts me to even type out his name. I wrote the word president in quotes because I refuse to admit that this has happened. The fact that someone of so very little political background has managed to win the electoral votes. What the hell happened?! Is this some kind of joke?! This isn’t even an issue of Democrats vs. Republicans. No. This goes far beyond that. Everything about this repulses me deep down to my bones.
Friday evening, at the University of Washington, what was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned violent. This happened so very close to home for me. As in, UW is where I go to school. The fact that this happened at UW is so crazy.
In the past couple months, there has been a petition going around to prevent a speaker from coming to UW. A student group invited someone who is very controversial, who holds ridiculous views, to come to UW and give a talk. Many wanted this talk to be canceled. Yet the petition did not work. And in the hours prior to the talk, a huge protest started. Protesters from downtown Seattle, who were already protesting because the inauguration was that same day, joined in to help the cause. And then someone got shot, and suffered major injuries to the abdomen. I don’t really know the details of what happened, but it did frighten me. This national dilemma we are all facing that has heavily divided the country is real. For those who are removed from the situation and are only getting information from the news, it may not seem as real. But this is very much real.
We are all people. We all deserve to be heard. To be treated and acknowledged as people. America is supposed to be the place where hopes and dreams become reality. We've all come so far. I hope that we don't become regressive.
I fear what will become of the country I live in, but I also hold hope that it will get better. At least, that’s all that we can do for now. Hope that things will change for the better. And continue fighting for what we believe in. Thank you to everyone who is showing their support, who is doing all they can! Let's keep this up, let's keep speaking up.
What are your thoughts on the Women’s March? Lemme know in the comments below! I would love to hear your opinions on this current event!
Thank you all for stopping by and reading! I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Til next time,