Monday, March 10, 2008
Happy Belated International Women's Day!
Sorry that I didn't post on the actual International Women's Day (which was Saturday), but I was regrettably away from my computer. Of course, that won't stop me from weighing in on the Day, because that is what this blog is all about. I am all about women, of course. I am one myself, and I know several others personally. I would suspect that many of you reading this are women as well. Hooray!
I can't help but think, though, that having an international day for women just further marginalizes us. I mean, by having one day out of 365 where we celebrate women, don't you think that just drives the wedge between women and men even further down, and somehow makes women seem like a weird subculture instead of a gender that makes up more than half of the world's population? We don't need to be celebrated with a day, we need to be treated like human beings with equal rights.
I don't know, the whole thing just seems sort of shitty to me. There would never be an International Men's Day, because no one thinks of men as a separate group of weirdos that need a day set aside for them in order to placate them or something. Still, I don't want to take away from the work that the IWD people do, or the fact that women should be celebrated. I think it's great that IWD is associated with peace and justice, and that women are associated with those things as a result. I am proud as hell to be a woman, and I want to celebrate every woman. I just wish we didn't need to set aside a special day in order to do it.
Posted by Kelsey Wallace at 1:33 AM