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International Women’s Day


“On International Women’s Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.”

#womensmarch

I read about the Women’s March with amusement especially:

“Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

More than half a million turned up in Washington D.C. for a day, which is great but will it change things?

Take a day off from unpaid labor? Which Mom will let their babies’ diaper go unchanged or let their kids starve? The only people who can take a day off are those who can afford to. Get real. Honestly, I was glad to see that many women who went for the march brought their kids along.

Shop with “small, women and minority-owned businesses”? That’s a joke. Many women are calculative, bargain hunters. Do they care about the women who own such businesses? Only if it’s their friends and family i.e. they get something in return.

I am not joking – I have seen a few of my friends (self-confessed Asian feminists) bargain with a Thai woman peddling slippers that cost a few baht at a farmer’s market or buying the cheapest item from a minority woman’s stall.

Interestingly, some of the best examples of feminist supporters I’ve known are an American man, an American woman, a few Chinese men, a Filipino man, and a Vietnamese manthey paid double for the goods that they bought! Alternatively, they’d buy the stuff and gifted them or left generous change.

When you become a small business owner, you’ll see your friendships facing the litmus test: “Which friend will be your customer?”. You’ll be surprised 🙂

In my humble opinion, if we really want to improve “women’s rights”, we need to focus on basic needs like quality food, clean toilets, healthy environments and being supportive first.

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