I’m really so sad I couldn’t go to the #WomensMarch today. So I’ve finally bit the bullet and became a fully paid up member of the Women’s Equality Party UK. Essentially, because I believe women’s equality (or more correctly, equity, because equality assumes there is a level playing field according to need, which there is not) to be the key issue underlining a number of other issues worldwide. I’ve always shied away from being part of a group, as I’m not really comfortable in that dynamic. But it just seems with all that’s happened over the last year that I need to do more on a personal level.
Here’s why I think everyone should support female equality (science bit coming up). Women in the UK are 51.7% of the population. Statistics show that there are inequalities across the board in a patriarchal society (which the UK is), in terms of opportunity, career advancement, pay equality etc. When we look at some other minority/oppressed groups across the board in the UK specifically (according to the most recent census, so may veer around this area, but not too much away from it) the figures are as follows:
Black British/African/Carribean: 3%
Now let me pose a question. If patriarchal structures and those who benefit from them have no ideological qualms about oppressing more than half the population who happen to be female – how much less do you think they care about the oppression of groups significantly fewer in percentage and number? Logically, therefore, it is crucial that women’s equity be supported, and come to fruition. Otherwise, we will end up in an endless cycle of Dubya, Dubyer, and Dubyest (we may think there is no worse than Trump at this juncture, but he is making the Dubya years seem moderate by comparison).
Trump is the logical conclusion of centuries of toxic masculinity run amok – time to stop that sh*t now, put it on the eternal naughty step, and aim for a fairer, more representative, more equal, more emotionally intelligent, more sustainable society. As it happens, half of the world’s potential is and has been severely under-utilized. If the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, then patriarchy is the sewage on which the proponents of said madness (currently the white male supremacists) thrive.
Am I saying women could be better? Not necessarily or unnecessarily. Who knows – it’s a theory largely untested. But I do think its time has come and is long overdue.
Even if it is not entirely altruistic, and you’re not entirely comfortable with the idea of female equality (although, to be quite frank, if that is the case, one would do well to question how much patriarchal conditioning forms that stance), if you’re a member of any of the groups above, statistically speaking it is in your best interests to support it. Because once the battle for 51.7% of the population is one, other battles will be harder to ignore. And we are stronger together.
And even if your only motivation is to p*ss off Donald ‘P*ssPOTUS’ Trump, supporting women should do it. You might even want to become a member of The Women’s Equality Party. Check it out. See what you think. Originated in the UK, but I believe this is a party that could potentially, like the Green Party before it, go worldwide and be a force for political change in the world. A march is important, but is just a first step. The key to change is meaningful power. And one thing is certain. Women sure as hell can’t leave all of the responsibility for their bodies, their lives, the earth and its inhabitants up to men. Not while men like Donald Trump have their itchy trigger finger of those tiny wandering hands anywhere near a red button. Be it Twitter,nuclear or a clitoris.