International Women’s Day, do most even know or even care what this day signifies?
Yeah, it’s just another day women can raise their Flag and complain around the campfire about how awful the patriarchal system is all over the world.
Just because the average man thinks he doesn’t do those awful things to a woman or women as a whole, think again. Because more often than not, most have. Also the majority of them do not care to admit how they themselves perpetuate Violence against women and girls just because they have not committed the ultimate atrocities that warrant jail or public vehemence. But the impact or significance of anything that goes against a woman’s spirit and her own personal freedoms, no matter how minute, perpetuates the cycle and keeps those wheels of violence churning.
The other day there was a gang rape reported involving a girl under 14 -years-of age brutally gang-raped in Dallas by 18 boys and men! Another incident I read occurred in India. A five-year-old girl was molested and raped by two boys, friends of her brother’s about 8 to 10 years old. Not only that, but had the gall to go back out and play football with the other boys in their neighborhood like nothing has ever happened. No conscience whatsoever. One can dismiss this as total freak of nature, an isolated incident, but this sort of thing is happening globally to women and girls in unprecedented numbers. Most of the incidences get unreported and unnoticed.
Yes, International Women’s Day came and went, but to me, the process of education and the path to enlightenment is a continual, round-the-clock thing. Yes, I continually have to point out to most men and some women how they contribute to violence against women, whether blatantly or subversively. I can spew out statistics. I can talk until I am blue in the face and you can talk about how you are supposedly pro-feminist and do not believe in violence against women and children. But if you even participate in anything; crude jokes, innuendos or support any discussion at all that vilify women, that places them below, degrades them, devalues, and even silences them, then no–you do not support feminism–or believe women have no business talking about such matters. There is this overall belief that the public debate and platform subconsciously belong to men who need to talk about other things other than things that pertain and benefit women. There are always more things important to discuss; more pressing issues to address.
Everyday to me is International Women’s Day. As a woman of color and of mixed race and origin, I still live in this country and have every right to be here. I will continue to live proudly and loudly and I ask my sisters all over the world to wave their Sisterhood Flag proudly too for all the world to see.
We are not mere objects to be abused no more.