Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I Want Your Soul

No eating of said soul, I promise.

I have lived many days this week. Life has taken too long to move forward and I grow agitated.

Enough on that foolishness. Happy Women's Day! As someone who wakes up every day, thankful of his gender, being a women strikes me as having some amazingly sucky qualities (rampant discrimination, menstruation, men, menstruation, pregnancy, and let us not forget menstruation), and if any group of people deserves a day of, "yeah, go you," it's women. Despite these general feelings - I'm not going to lie - Women's Day bothers me for the same reason that AIDS Day bothers me. Yes, women have lots of problems facing them - human trafficking, the afore mentioned discrimination, and so on - and that sucks. However, what do we get by having one day? It raises awareness you say? Well, that's kick-ass, but what about the rest of the year?

Let's honestly ask ourselves if all the statements people make about how awesome women are and how we need to fight for women's rights really develop into noticeable changes for women. The answer is no. Just like AIDS day, where most people buy a little ribbon and then forget about it for the rest of the year, women's day does not develop into anything, nine times out of ten.

I'm not advocating for getting rid of Women's Day; quite the contrary in fact. All I'm saying is that instead of going nuts on one day, we should make sure we hold policy people accountable, we should make sure that the money we give to advocacy groups goes some where reasonable, and we should actually take what we're saying seriously and try to do something the other days. It's either that or shut the fuck up.

-Thomas

2 Comments:

Blogger Jack said...

People like to have days assigned to certain things. Without having "Blank Day" everyone will feel a void, because then you've got like Christmas and birthdays and that's it. Also, every is women's day in my book.

Yxfvqdn! (Once you have fixed five, you may quit.)

4:59 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger T Kwong said...

Aw yeah, baby.

Afhxaqew! Let's put it this way: the Aflack will now torment your interwebs and your TV.

-Thomas

5:15 PM, March 08, 2006  

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