Day 3052. Where do I begin? That was the most captivating, raucous, tension-filled weekend I have experienced in my life. There have been moments and events in my past that were enormous in their effect on society, like 9/11; but the largest of these moments have been unifying. I hope when all is said and done, this election, these tensions, this animosity turns into understanding.
This isn't just about the election. I think that is where people go off on the deep end a bit. This is about women in society in general. Women are underpaid. Women are under appreciated. Women are desperately seeking out equality. If this was just about the election, and everything else was fine; there would not have been 500,000 people marching on our National Mall. This was the tipping point.
Let's look at the positive here. Women aren't afraid to stand up. And I know that sounds simple and naive on the initial read. However, when you dig deeper into that sentiment, you realize; in the past 30 years and well before that, women have been fearful to speak up. Women are still scared to voice their real concerns for unprovoked mistreatment that they experience in our country every single day. Because more often than the majority of us men fully realize, when women do stand up, their real issues and words fall on deaf ears. The people they are voicing their concerns to either don't care, are scared to act, or will find a way to punish them for standing up. It's not always easy to provide literal proof of mistreatment. Even incredibly wrong and immoral actions can be nearly impossible to prove.
Throughout the course of my life, being a feminist, has been frowned upon. Largely in part because the individuals controlling our country, our businesses, our society, have been males that don't get it.
And I would be lying if I said I always get it. I don't. I'm a man. I don't face the same struggles that women do. But, that doesn't give me a free pass. It just makes me ignorant. It makes me apathetic. It makes me ashamed of myself. When I say I believe that women deserve to be treated equally to men in every way possible, I mean it. But that meaning loses it's value when I know that discrimination exists, yet I stand on the sidelines twiddling my thumbs.
So thank you to all of the women out there, for kicking me in my ass. I feel terrible. And I deserve to, until I join with you in a tangible way.
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