One of the main themes was “Women’s rights are human rights.” This helps explain why it is a Women’s March: there are specific issues unique to women that must be addressed. Legislation regarding women’s reproductive issues, for example, is by definition a women’s issue. Equal pay for equal work is a minority issue that largely affects women. But while this specific march was organized by and largely for women, it was very clear that it was a human rights march. There was representation of racial minorities, LGBTQ, native peoples, and more.
The image of fanatic feminists who think women should be elevated above men is an unfortunate one that too many picture when they hear “feminism” or even ”women’s rights.” While those people certainly exist, extremists and fringe thinkers exist in every group.
In the same vein, feminism is not and should not be the antithesis of masculinity; one can be masculine and feminist. But masculinity is not misogyny.
To me, feminism is the recognizing that—in our current society—women are at a disadvantage due to societal pressure, norms, and the institutionalization of the aforementioned. This does not mean that women should be elevated above men or other groups. It can be confusing, and people disagree. And that’s cool, especially if there is productive discussion or thought to come out of it.
This is why I consider myself a feminist, and why I marched alongside my wife and 200k+ others this morning.
Have some pretty pictures I took. 😉