So…March 8 is “International Women’s Day” and here in the US, it’s a day that some feminist groups are marking with a “day without a woman” protest. The whole notion raises more questions than answers, I think…but just in case you get the chance to weigh in on the subject among your friends or in your community, a few thoughts:
- Glad to see that self-described feminists still believe that there are particular gifts and talents women bring to their homes and workplaces. For a minute there, I thought they believed that there is no such thing as a “woman” or a “man” or anything good about being a woman! Whew, glad we can all agree on some basic common sense!
- There seems to be a lot of agreement between “left” and “right” that women on average have a special capacity to notice and reach out to “the other.” Run with that! Whether women are specially interested in peace-building in war zones, between women and men, or between mothers and their unborn children…I think we can agree that women are a remarkable gift to the human race!
- Stupid ideas about what is “pro-woman” need to be denounced…every single time they come up for air. No Emma Watson, it is not “pro-woman” to model an outfit that leaves the reader with only one thought: will that plunging, see-through vest move one millimeter to the left and expose your breasts completely? This isn’t a judgment of her person, but only of her ridiculous idea that reducing women to their bodies is a good idea! No Melinda Gates, it’s not pro-woman to put contraception at the center of a woman’s agenda; its health effects on women and its broader harms to male-female relations and the sexual marketplace are too well-documented.
On a very happy pro-woman note–in a few days, we’ll be publishing the training materials from our recent WSFT communications training, held near DC with 25 of our wonderful members and the help of communications experts and our own staff. Stay tuned!