It has the headline, "You Are Not Equal. I’m Sorry."
A post is making rounds on social media, in response to the Women’s March on Saturday, January 21, 2017. It starts with “I am not a “disgrace to women” because I don’t support the women’s march. I do not feel I am a “second class citizen” because I am a woman….”
This is my response to that post.
Say Thank You
Say thank you. Say thank you to the women who gave you a voice.
Say thank you to the women who were arrested and imprisoned and beaten and gassed for you to have a voice. Say thank you to the women who refused to back down, to the women who fought tirelessly to give you a voice. Say thank you to the women who put their lives on hold, who –lucky for you — did not have “better things to do” than to march and protest and rally for your voice. So you don’t feel like a “second class citizen.” So you get to feel “equal.”
(and by the way it wouldn't have happenedwithout men) Men could have strapped you down and
Thank Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul for your right to vote.
Thank Elizabeth Stanton for your right to work.
Thank Maud Wood Park for your prenatal care and your identity outside of your husband.
Thank Rose Schneiderman for your humane working conditions.Thank Eleanor Roosevelt and Molly Dewson for your ability to work in politics and affect policy.
Thank Margaret Sanger for your legal birth control.
You can make your own choices, speak and be heard, vote, work, control your body, defend yourself, defend your family, because of the women who marched.
You did nothing to earn those rights. You were born into those rights.
You did nothing, but you reap the benefits of women, strong women, women who fought misogyny and pushed through patriarchy and fought for you.
You did nothing to invent to automobile or railroad or airplanes, and yet you reap those benefits. Gonna march to thank the men who developed those things???
And you sit on your pedestal, a pedestal you are fortunate enough to have, and type. A keyboard warrior. A fighter for complacency. An acceptor of what you were given. A denier of facts. Wrapped up in your delusion of equality.
You are not equal. Even if you feel like you are. You still make less than a man for doing the same work. You make less as a CEO, as an athlete, as an actress, as a doctor. You make less in government, in the tech industry, in healthcare.
You still don’t have full rights over your own body. Men are still debating over your uterus. Over your prenatal care. Over your choices.
You still have to pay taxes for your basic sanitary needs.
You still have to carry mace when walking alone at night.
You still have to prove to the court why you were drunk on the night you were raped. You still have to justify your behavior when a man forces himself on you.
When I reported my car stolen, one of the questions, among others, I was asked if I'd locked it. Why is that problematic?
You still don’t have paid (or even unpaid) maternity leave.
You still have to go back to work while your body is broken.
While you silently suffer from postpartum depression.
You still have to fight to breastfeed in public.
You are still objectified.
You are still catcalled.
You are still sexualized.
You are still told you’re too skinny or you’re too fat.
You’re still told you’re too old or too young.
You’re applauded when you “age gracefully.”
You’re still told men age “better.”
You’re still told to dress like a lady. You are still judged on your outfit instead of what’s in your head.
What brand bag you have still matters more than your college degree.
You are still being abused by your husband, by your boyfriend. You’re still being murdered by your partners. Being beaten by your soulmate.
If only there were some laws and programs against domestic violence. If only women could choose their partners.
You're mentally ill if you think the person who beats you is your soulmate.
You are still worse off if you are a woman of color, a gay woman, a transgender woman.
You are still harassed, belittled, dehumanized.
Your daughters are still told they are beautiful before they are told they are smart.
Your daughters are still told to behave even though “boys will be boys.”
Your daughters are still told boys pull hair or pinch them because they like them.
You are not equal. Your daughters are not equal. You are still systemically oppressed.
Estonia allows parents to take up to three years of leave, fully paid for the first 435 days. United States has no policy requiring maternity leave.
Singapore’s women feel safe walking alone at night. American women do not.
The United States ranks at 45 for women’s equality. Behind Rwanda, Cuba, Philippines, Jamaica.
You believe feminists are emotional, irrational, unreasonable.
Why aren’t women just satisfied with their lives, right?
But don’t worry. I will walk for you. I will walk for your daughter. And your daughter’s daughter.
Because women who actually care and support other women don’t care what you think about them.
They care about their future and the future of the women who come after them.
Because I’m here to tell you, along with millions of other women that you are not equal. Our equality is an illusion. A feel-good sleight of hand. A trick of the mind. I’m sorry to tell you, but you are not equal. And neither are your daughters.
And one day you will actually be equal, instead of just feeling like you are.When will that be? What will that look like? "One day" never comes because then your silly activist groups lose their fundraising narratives. You want women angry and miserable and fearful so they will keep doing what you tell them to do, all while claiming you're protecting their choice, all while you help enlarge government at the expense of their liberty.
Let's get back to the real world.
I don't always agree with Matt Walsh, but he did some fine writing the last several days. First, there was this.
I challenge anyone at the "Women's March" or anyone who supports it to name one single right men have in America that women do not. Just one. Just one right. Give me just one right that you lack which may justify all of this hyperventilating.
If you turn the question around, I can, in fact, name some rights women have in America that men do not. At least one, anyway, but it's a big one: Women have the right to kill their kids. Now, that's not a positive right, not a good right, not an actual right that springs from Natural Law, but it is a legal entitlement given only to women.
So where do women lack rights? Yes, things like rape and domestic violence occur all too often, but these aren't examples of legal persecutions. Violence against women is illegal. If the perpetrators are not always punished it's because these crimes often prove difficult to investigate and prosecute. It isn't because the court system or society are somehow OK with abuse so long as women are the victims.Later...
What I'm trying to figure out, again, is where women are being INSTITUTIONALLY or LEGALLY victimized or disenfranchised or put upon or deprived of their constitutional rights in America. Where is this happening? Seriously, where?
On Saturday, thousands of women dressed up in vagina costumes and descended upon DC to demand, among other things, free birth control and abortion. They called this the "Women's March," but I think that name is a terrible insult to women. The women closest to me in my life would rather die than put on a vagina hat and march through Washington in support of the mass slaughter of children. And I mean that literally, by the way. They'd literally take a bullet in the head before they'd participate in such a "protest."He linked to his column.
He later checked in again:
People have been sending me posts written by some liberal mommy bloggers responding to my comments about the so-called Women's March. It appears that I have sparked a Mass Triggering Event (MTE). Mainly these women are upset that I dare have any opinion at all because I am a man. I do not have the required genitalia to participate in this discussion, they say. I am engaging in "mansplaining," and we all know that mansplaining is a Cardinal sin in our society.
Ok. A few responses to these responses:It's a good thing Walsh can write back.
1) It is not necessary that you have a certain type of genitalia in order to observe what is happening around you and form opinions about it. In order for those opinions to be reasonable and intelligent, it is only required that you have a brain. It is unfortunate that so many people in our country formulate their opinions with their crotches rather than their heads.
1a) But I thought your genitals have nothing to do with your gender anyway? How can these people still pull the "no uterus, no opinion" card while at the same time pulling the "no uterus, you can still be a woman" card? Get your stories straight, for God's sake.Yes, it is confusing, isn't it? But consistency isn't a Leftist value. I'm sure by now they've come up with a term to describe people who notice this contradiction, and, having come up with a label, they will declare victory as though they actually explained themselves.
2) If I ever dared to suggest that women should not have an opinion on any topic -- no matter what it is -- these same feminists would be sent into seizures of anger. I would probably be arrested for causing our nation's feminist population to spontaneously combust from outrage. But, luckily for them, I would not say that because that would be very stupid. Women can have opinions about anything. So can men. Deal with it.But that's different! You see, you're a man. And in the name of equality, your opinion matters less. Or something.
3) These liberal feminists are cowards. They pretend that my position -- the pro-life, pro-family, anti-leftist position -- is somehow an invention of men because that gives them an excuse to dismiss it without engaging it. What they do not acknowledge -- because they're afraid to -- is that a great many women share this view and have eloquently articulated it. In fact, a MAJORITY of women believe, for instance, that abortion should be to some extent restricted. If you go to the March For Life, you will find that it is populated mostly by women (although there are also plenty of men). And in terms of the Women's March, most of the criticisms I read on social media were from women. So what happens when a woman disagrees with feminists? Is she "womansplaining"? Or perhaps she is just forming her own point of view -- a habit that feminists certainly find objectionable.
4) It is actually quite insulting to women to suggest that men somehow own or invented the pro-life point of view. What you're saying is that only men have the moral and intellectual clarity to disagree with killing babies. Fortunately, that is not in the least bit true. Many of the great pro-life pioneers and advocates are women. Many of the people down in the trenches of this fight, battling the demonic evil of abortion on a daily basis, are women. I would even suggest that a majority are women, although I don't have the statistics to prove that. In any case, the point is that this is not a men vs women thing. This is a People Who Believe In Basic Human Rights vs People Who Don't thing. There are men and women on both sides.
5) The term "mansplaining" is deeply, deeply idiotic. I immediately stop taking you seriously the moment you utter it. I am not alone in that. Stop making up words. Stop acting like men are somehow out of bounds just because they're voicing their beliefs on a subject. Stop trying to insulate yourself from opposing view points by pretending that everyone who holds that view point is a sexist, woman-hating villain. Show some intellectual honesty for a change. Engage arguments on their own merits. Think for yourself. But maybe start by just thinking in the first place.
Well, there you go. I just couldn't reduce the text.