I came in for an uncharacteristic mid-week post to wish everyone a happy Women’s Day.
I guess some people need to be reminded that this day does not mean women think they deserve more attention than men. This day is a gesture to acknowledge the achievements of women in the millennia past that have been overlooked by establishments and communities.
That being said, this means that men can celebrate this day as well. That is, men can celebrate unless they don’t think women had any achievements, in which case I’d invite them to imagine a world in which they are required to both work full time and be 90-100% responsible for the care and upbringing of their children, held morally and ethically responsible for every accidental pregnancy that occurs, be witty, entertaining and fit while also kept out of schools, places of discussion and worship, and physical sport, and a world in which the structure of DNA hadn’t been discovered, we didn’t know how to program computers, we didn’t have hypertext fiction, nuclear fission (though that one, given the atomic bomb, may be worth imagining a world without), pain and Alzheimer’s treatment, signal flares, polonium and radium, HIV and AIDs treatments, IVF treatments, or radio pulsars…all things trail-blazed by women that I think we can all be grateful for and (those are just a selection from the things that we know about).
I think most everyone gets this. However, I still struggle against those who say that they are willing to let women do anything and that they respect women when these same people hold women to standards of behavior and expectations that limit the opportunities women have to reach their full-potential… and it’s not just men who are at fault here. Women often limit other women in their expectations and standards, and I find this whole cycle frustrating and worth talking about.
I celebrate this day inspired by all achievements of all people, curious about those I don’t know about- because I know there are a lo we haven’t/don’t hear or read about-and imagining my future based on my potential that is unbridled and wholly me. I just want to know that whatever I want to do will be allowed and supported by the government, laws, and people around me, and that whatever achievements I make won’t be overlooked or stolen from me. That’s not a lot to ask, and it’s something I ask for both men and women and anyone in-between/ or without.