Today is International Women’s Day. Which begs the question: Do we really need a separate day for women?
Yes we do.
Because we still need to educate the world…
…that it is not a woman’s fault if she is raped. [Link]
…that it is not a woman’s fault if she is groped. [Link]
…that there is nothing wrong with a woman who chooses to be single. [Link]
…that there is nothing wrong with a woman who chooses to not have children. [Link]
…that it is okay if a woman has chosen to get divorced. [Link]
…that daughters are just as good as sons. [Link]
…that just because a woman may wear what she wants to attract admiring looks, doesn’t mean she wants to be touched without permission. [Link]
…that a woman who is assertive and knows what she wants is not necessarily a bitch.
…that terms like “cat-lady” and “spinster” are derogatory and there is no male equivalent. [Link]
…that a widow’s life doesn’t have to end once her husband dies. [Link]
…that a woman who likes to have sex is not a slut. Especially when a man doing the same is considered a stud.
…that a feminist is not a man-hater. [Link]
…that if a woman chooses to sleep with a man, it doesn’t mean she has given him and his friends permission to film it. [Link]
…that if a woman chooses to drink and smoke, it doesn’t make her any worse than a man doing the same.
…that if a woman gets drunk, it is not an open invitation to have sex with her. [Link]
…that a woman who works full-time despite having children is not a bad mother. No matter what the ‘experts’ say. [Link]
…that a woman who is a stay-at-home-mum by choice is not a curse on woman-hood. [Link]
…that women do not need to be isolated when menstruating on a monthly basis and are not ‘impure’. [Link]
…that genital mutilation of girls is not acceptable. [Link]
…that a husband or boyfriend does not have the right to hit his wife or girlfriend. [Link]
…that without women, the world would not exist. After all, men can’t continue the human race on their own!
So yes, we still need a day to let the world know that equality does not yet exist for women in several parts of the world. While things are getting better, we still have a long way to go. To accept women as they are rather than judge them for every single thing.
Until next time,