“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.”
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:
- Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
- 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 man – they 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.