Before you get your panties in a twist, let's just make it known that I am not a woman hater and I don't disagree with celebrating the extraordinary things that women can do, have done and have worked so hard to achieve.
But, why do we need a day that celebrates only women? And then a day that celebrates only men? And then another one to celebrate teachers, and secretaries, and parents... The list goes on, and this list doesn't even include all the other (ridiculous) days like peanut cluster day or my favourite... crown roast of pork day, which is the day before International Women's Day. We're probably not far off from introducing an International Pogonophile Day or a Demigender Recognition Day either, and it will just go on and on until we have created a ‘day’ for every imaginable thing that people can choose to celebrate if they consider themselves a part of these separated 'groupings’ we continually create.
What we forget though, is that firstly, we all belong to the same group... we are all human.
I looked up "female empowerment" on Google and these are some of the things that came up...
I don't know about you but I don't exactly feel empowered, nor do I necessarily think these are empowering quotes. The good intentions may be there but I feel as if we are sending mixed messages.
It's great to empower each other, but we should be empowering everybody, and in some cases (see above) we're degrading men in the process. What are we trying to prove? That we are the superior gender? Why? Regardless of your sex, we are all working together for the betterment of our communities and countries as a whole… at least I thought so?
If you look up feminism on Wikipedia this is the first paragraph:
Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.
As far as I know we've achieved equality, but let's just talk about that for a second...
If we changed the phrase "girls run the world" to "boys run the world", I assume there would be an uproar in the feminist community. But, if we truly believed in equality, then shouldn't the quote read "we run the world"? (And who runs the world anyways? It's a stupid quote to begin with but illustrates my point quite nicely).
Yes, there once was a time when women were viewed as inferior... but it's 2019, not 1953... so why are we treating men as if they are inferior today? I'm afraid the tune has changed from "we are equal" to "we are better", since "equal" is apparently not good enough.
It's important to cultivate imagination in young girls (and everyone for that matter), and allow them to dream that they can do anything... but it's not because they are female, it's because they are capable. And while men may be better at certain things than women and vice versa, the only thing that women can do that men can't is give birth, and all that comes with that whole baby thing. Period. (pun intended)
If you're fighting for things like equal pay for equal work, good. But if you show up to the party to let everyone know that just because you have a vagina you are more entitled and privileged than the next person (regardless of their gender), then let's just hope we're not at the same party.