Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Feminism Rant

I'm feeling feminist-y. Like taking on the struggles of women across the globe on my shoulders. Then I think about it, and realize that there is no easy way to fix the inequality that is around us all.

Women and girls are dehumanized in the media, shamed in fashion and clothing, and told that the entirety of our worth and value rests in how we look at the "peak" of our beauty.

Seriously? Just because we have ovaries and a uterus, can create (with help) and carry life in our bodies, then sustain them for the first year (and change) of their lives with no external help (other than our own food)? 
Thank you Google Search for these fine images

Ladies, girls, women, females, femmes, whatever you want to call yourselves, there is no reason to allow people to treat you like a second, less important species. Whether you were born female or live as one, you are just as important as the rest of the human race. There is nothing wrong with being emotional, having feelings, or anything else that some people consider "weakness".

Likewise, there is nothing wrong with males, men, boys, or gentlemen to express their own feelings, to cry, to express. Because experiencing and accepting your emotions is one of the hardest things in the world to do.

I have to admit, I am 100% thankful that I live in a country that allows women the freedom to vote, wear pants, express their opinions, and generally have most of the freedoms that our "dangly parted" counter-sex enjoys. However, we are still a far cry from equal.

Now, I am going to say that equal does not mean the same, and neither does fairly. I don't think that anyone, female or male, should be treated as completely the same, because we are not the same. But I do think that all people, male/female/trans, deserve to be treated as equal in their own differences.

My two cents for today, Valentine's Day, is that everyone should be loved for who they are, in the exact shape/size/style/quirkiness that they are. Love yourself, because you are worth it. Be yourself, everyone else is taken(Oscar Wilde).

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