Women’s March on Washington

WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON – KATE DECICCIO, “EMBRACING EACHOTHER”

WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON – KATE DECICCIO, “EMBRACING EACH OTHER”

Last night, my sister and I had a conversation that went something like this:

Me:  OMG, I am losing my shit.  I just got mad at A for not making meatballs.
Munchkat:  I just yelled at C for something stupid, too.
Me:  Anger translator – I’m exhausted and have prepared and eaten dinner by myself every night this week and I just want some company and someone to share the burden.
MK:  Dude, yes.
<back and forth bitching about all the working, all the housekeeping>
MK:  We suck at being balanced, high functioning, not crazy girlfriends.  At least for today.
Me:  Ha, here’s the thing, though:  I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t feel this way.  So maybe instead of thinking half the population is crazy, we could think about how society and the patriarchy don’t provide us with the support we need…

…when women’s earnings peak at 40 and men’s earnings peak at 55…

…when men earn more than women for doing the same job, for the same number of years, EVEN IN fields that are traditionally dominated by women (NURSING, TEACHING – I’m looking at YOU)…

…when having kids is both expected of women and considered to be a pathological problem that excludes women from earning money…

…when the Federal government doesn’t offer paid maternity leave…

…when “maternity leave” is synonymous with “short-term disability…”

…when the AAP recommends six MONTHS of exclusive breastfeeding and ideally a year before weaning and women are expected to return to work six WEEKS after they give birth…

…when society then condemns nursing and pumping in public…

…when the mechanic/financial adviser/salesperson talks to the man present, even if the woman asked the question…

…when every single person who gets offered a seat by themselves on an airplane with extra seats is a MAN…

…when a man can complain about something and gets what he wants and when a woman complains about something she’s told to “Just CALM DOWN” (or worse, is attacked in some way)…

…when women are slut-shamed for not wearing enough, but have symbols of their faith torn from their heads for wearing too much…

…when men are complimented on their character and women are complimented on their looks…

…when women are told that they can’t have abortions, but they also can’t have birth control…

…when women are told they’re “freeloaders,” for relying on welfare and social services to raise the children they weren’t ready for or didn’t want in the first place…

…when women stay in abusive relationships because they don’t have other options, support, or places to go…

…when LGBTQ women, women of color, disabled women and sex workers are marginalized and excluded from the conversation about women’s rights…

…when lesbians are told they “just haven’t found the right man…”

…when men can rape women and then not be punished for it…

…when a woman is told it is HER fault she was raped…

…when women can’t be leaders because they’re not enough like men, but when a woman seeks power and leadership roles, she’s “cold,” “unrelateable,” “unfeminine,” a “BITCH…”

…when the President of the United States can boast about “grabbing[women] by the pussy…”

…when women are told they are part of the problem for marching AND women are told they are part of the problem for not marching…

…when it doesn’t matter what we do, how much we do, or how well we do it, it’s simply NOT ENOUGH…

Me:  Yeah, women are crazy.
MK:  Yup, we nuts.


Download more free art for the Women’s March on Washington here.

Read more about the Women’s March on Washington here.

If you are marching for personal or political reasons, I support you.  If you are not marching for personal or political reasons, I support you.

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