** UPDATE: This post received a lot of unexpected traffic. It resulted in our site crashing, and more than 45,000 comments. I have chosen to turn the comments off because I can’t keep up with them and they are slowing the site even further.
Originally, I planned to go through each comment, approve it, and reply. But when I read several comments stating that my son should be taken away from me so he doesn’t end up as the worthless mistake his mother is, I decided I don’t need to read 45,000 comments of hate. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
This is not to keep people from sharing their beliefs. I encourage that on other mediums. It’s just that my family’s little blog wasn’t made for this amount of traffic.
If you have comments, please refer to these FAQs:
- I didn’t take a personal stance on the issue of abortion. I did this on purpose, so no one could make assumptions. Please don’t personally attack my beliefs unless I state them. Then, that’s fair game.
- For those asking for sources of this issue: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/17/pro-life-women-banned-anti-trump-womens-march-wash/ And for the many who have said that the Washington Times is too conservative, here’s another one: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/womens-march-abortion.html?referer=http://m.facebook.com.**
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I am a champion for women. I believe in equal rights, and actively despise pop culture references to a woman’s worth being found in her body alone. I want to see more women CEOs. And, I think girl power is a real thing.
But, I won’t be supporting the Women’s March on Washington tomorrow.
I’m fully aware that my stance, and this resulting editorial, will anger some people and cause heated arguments. And trust me, I wish that wasn’t the case. I wish I could go to the march, or even the local marches it has inspired.
I can’t, though. Until every woman is welcome at a march for women meant to unite women and stop alienating women… I just can’t.
If you haven’t heard the latest news surrounding the Women’s March, you may be wholly unaware that the organizers and supporters have banned women who are pro-life from attending. Not only have they asked those women not to attend, they have said some pretty derogatory things about them.
Innocently scrolling through Twitter, I saw messages that tore down women for their beliefs. They accused pro-life women of being anti-woman. Sometimes, they accused them of “not being women at all.” Whatever that even means.
Our statement regarding press today: pic.twitter.com/z1y9cfFFvY
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) January 16, 2017
Folks, I try not to be political on my blog. I even wrote about why I don’t talk about politics with my friends. So, I’m not going to take a stance on pro-life or pro-choice right now. But, something needs to be said about this paradox in our culture.
The idea behind the march is to invite the marginalized to congregate and support one another. But, have the organizers not considered that pro-life supporters may feel marginalized themselves? They get called names, excluded, and questioned. They are often afraid to show their faces.
A visit to the Women’s March website has me so confused. This is their mission:
We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
So, the goal of the Women’s March is to support women.
Yet, they’re accomplishing this by actively alienating a large portion of that audience.
Since when did “recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country” mean “except for those who believe in the rights of the unborn, they don’t count as diverse”?
How can we set an example of inclusion, understanding, and freedom to choose if we simply refuse to accept all walks of life?
For just ONE DAY can’t we all come together and UNITE as a solid front? Can’t we set aside our differences? Race, sexuality, religion, and politics don’t define us.
Pro-life women don’t make bad leaders. They don’t make poor doctors. Their view of reproduction doesn’t mean they won’t one day cure cancer or become the president. Why exclude them from this historical event? Why restrict them from tools that may inspire them to make a difference?
Had this referendum not happened, I would have taken my son to a march. Because being feminist is not being pro-choice. Being feminist isn’t burning bras, protesting, and throwing away cosmetics. It is simply believing in a woman’s freedom to do whatever she wants.
The verbiage on the Women’s March website ends with a capitalized call to action:
HEAR OUR VOICE.
I encourage the organizers and supporters of this mission to do the same for those they’ve alienated. Because if being a feminist means picking and choosing who you think is a real woman, I want absolutely no part of that.