Women’s Day

Today was “Women’s Day” across the globe. I had never heard of it before nor did I really understand just what that entails. Here’s a brief desprictpion from Wikipedia: International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York and organized by the Socialist Party of America.

So apparently this has been a “thing” since long before I was born and yet I’ve never even heard of it up til now… and I am in my 30’s… and I am, quite clearly, a woman.

I have read stories where women took the day off work, marched in parades, protested, and tried to bring light to “woman’s issues”. Forgive me for sounding like the biggest jerk, but all humans either have XX chromosones or XY. So that means women aren’t exactly special and I don’t really understand the gist of celebrating a specific gender. Women’s issues aren’t really women’s issues. They are societies issues as they only become issue when opposed. To have women’s issues it’s only because men did this or that. So what’s the point?

It seems silly that my kids female teachers took the day off to participate in Women’s Day when they could have spent that time teaching future generations of women (and men).

Clearly this post shines a bright neon light on the fact that I am the futherest thing from a femminist. Nope. I prefer to be a humanitarian. I’m just all about people. To me, that is what equality is really about.

Yup. I’m the chick who likes men who open doors for me, pay the tab on a date, and I certainly don’t mind being called babe. I personally think the female species have tons of strong points equal to that of our manly counterparts. We multitask like nobody’s business. We know how to be secret advisors. My lists of womanly talents can go on and on…

So can some one please explain what the heck today was really supposed to be about? I’m pretty sure I missed the point.

4 thoughts on “Women’s Day”

  1. first off…are you married because i would like to marry you. second, the womans day movement was, like a lot of other political tactics, designed to light a fire under the part of the population that felt affected most. and it worked. people dont respond to general threat so a slogan such as, ” Rise up humans and fight for yourselves. Humans stop mistreating your fellow human and accept that all humans are your equal .”. this might not have had as good an effect. but that was then and this is 2017 and why the hell is your childs teacher taking the day off? i just thought of the next political movement. ” Humans get to work and stop celebrating yourselves!”.

  2. Hello @Therealgoddessdiana! I consider myself a feminist, so, to answer your question on what the day was about, it was about a lot of things! First of all, feminism isn’t just crying about things being unfair, and it’s not about hating men who open doors or pay the tab. And it’s certainly not about hating being called “babe” by one’s significant other–which is different if it’s cat-calling, by a stranger, whose advances are unwanted.

    Anyway, Women’s Day is just a reminder that women are important. Like you said, women can do things that men can–and do things that men cannot. You may know that, and the people around you may know that, but a lot of people around the world do not. Feminism isn’t just for the women in the US, who are (comparatively) treated more fairly–it’s for the women and girls that live in countries where education, health care, and justice is severely limited because of cultural biases against women.

    And as for the “women’s issues”–problems like rape and sexual harassment and violence AREN’T just “women’s issues”–they’re issues that affect everyone, rich and poor, young and old. Feminism is about empowering women and teaching the men who don’t believe in inequality that women are human beings with individual rights. Yes, I know that “not all men”–but there ARE men, AND women, who still believe that women belong in kitchens or are only useful for bearing children or for sex. As you mentioned, Women’s Day celebrates the early women’s rights movements. These movements have never really stopped, simply because there is STILL sexism and misogyny and misandry in today’s society, so we continue to celebrate Women’s Day because we need to remind ourselves that there are still problems that need to be solved in the world. As long as there is unfairness in the world, there will be people that stand out to protest against it. And since women are still unfairly treated in many situations, Women’s Day is still necessary.

    As for your question about why we should celebrate a specific gender: we celebrate masculinity every day in the media, and don’t realize it. We celebrate boys for being tough, for being manly, for acting “like boys”! And of course we do celebrate women for acting “like girls”, for being pretty, for being good at makeup, or sweet, or cute. And that’s GREAT, because being “traditionally male” or “traditionally female” is completely fine, but Women’s Day is a reminder that ALL women deserve to be celebrated, not just the cute or “feminine” ones, but even the ones that don’t want to get married, want to do “masculine” or “boy” things, or go into careers that some would say are not fit for girls. Maybe we should have a Men’s Day where we celebrate ALL men, including “masculine” men, gay men, trans men, “feminine” men–I don’t know. Maybe so.

    My point after all this is that Women’s Day has its importance. Maybe you don’t feel it, but there are a lot of girls out there that could feel stronger after realizing that there are people who will support them with the choices they make, and will defend them from the injustices they may receive from close-minded individuals.

    This was WAY too long, and I apologize for that. I hope none of my opinions offended you; I’m no “representative” of feminism, so these are all just my own thoughts about Women’s Day. You are of course free to have your own opinion on feminism. I just hope this answered some of your questions about Women’s Day and the concept of feminism in general! Have a fantastic night!

  3. Besides my newly resumed scientific work, I have recently joined my institute’s PR department. I have had so much fun organizing things and talking to leaders of other institutes that I sometimes wondered: maybe I would have been happy working for my father, one day even taking over his business. But then I realized: this could never happen. Why? Because many of his top clients are in Saudi Arabia, a place where I would not be taken serious at best (or feel threatened at worst). With all respect to my Arab friends here in Europe, but culture down there is still very different to what we are used to. So you said it – around the globe. The need for a women’s day might not be too obvious in the US, but it is very evident in other places. You might never have felt oppressed, but not every woman has been so lucky to be born in a country as liberal as yours.

  4. I agree with the insightful points every one has made, but here is the thing in societies where women are CLEARLY being oppressed under rule of men – they probably aren’t even allow to participate in Women’s Day and doing so might bring about serious consequences especially in countries where young girls are sold so their families profit, honor killings are common, and so on. So unfortunately I fail to see how this global day can better impact their lives… except from those that have been able to escape and in those cases it is a celebration of freedom.

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