Day Out 1: The Women’s March
After the inauguration, the feeling of defeat had set into me just as it did after the election. However, this time I had what felt like rehabilitation: the Women’s March. The march that took place in several cities across the United States was the largest march in history and brought many groups together who had one thing in common-no one would stand for Donald Trump’s blatant disrespect of minority groups and women. At the march, I had not seen anyone that I recognized, however, I felt a sense of unity with the people around me because I knew we were fighting for causes that were close to our hearts.
Seeing the national support of women in addition to other issues that is addressed by intersectional feminism (such as black lives matter, the rights and treatment of sex workers and many other important issues) made me realize the importance that people across the nation put on these issues and made me feel as though, yes we have a long way to go but, we are getting there and we are getting there together.
There were several instance of intersectional feminism not being practiced however as fake feminism (white feminism) reared its ugly head at several of the marches around the country. Black trans women were silenced, several marches erased trans women altogether and the Black Lives Matter movement was ignored (particularly noticed this in where I live, Philadelphia). In addition, there were postings of women sticking pads with writing on them on buildings. Pads are ridiculously expensive for them to be something that we need and a better use for these pads would have been to donate them to shelters where women may not be able to afford pads. Instead people chose to waste them. This is problematic (and I call it white feminism because) it is when white women only address issues that directly affect them while ignoring issues that affect people of other communities. An example of this is people like Amy Schumer screaming about “pussy” because it excludes trans women from the feminist movement and the issues that the might face. For feminism to be true feminism (intersectional) it must be all inclusive. Those who chose to ignore this do not truly care about equality, they just want things to be better for themselves. They give feminism a bad rep!
Anyway, overall the day was inspiring. My favorite part was seeing children of all genders with signs about respecting women because it made me feel as though they were being raised right and that there is hope for the future and future generations to be more empathetic.