You aren’t disgusted with the Women’s March because you think those many millions of women are pathetic, whiners, cry babies, or unpatriotic.
You are disgusted because deep down you know how wrong he is.
And you are struggling internally with the fact that almost 3 million American women and hundreds of thousands of other women from Antarctica, Mexico, Australia, Kosovo, Kenya, England, Germany, France, Argentina, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Georgia, Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Ghana, Malawi and others I’ve failed to mention are shoving in your face their concern over your alliance with Donald Trump and your support of his promises, words and actions.
It's ok. You don’t have to admit it. And you can keep saying nasty, self-righteous and misogynistic things about us. Like the Indiana State Senator who tweeted "In one day trump got more fat women out walking."
You see, we don’t care.
You can’t hurt our feelings.
Because this isn’t about our “feelings”.
And no matter what argument you present to undercut our cause, to try and humiliate, denigrate, or marginalize us, we still don’t care.
So YOU get over it.
Your arguments are flowing on social media, now that you’ve had a day to arm yourselves in response to the mass flood of photos, interviews, news reports and support we shared with each other globally on Saturday.
It was awesome, by the way.
But I can just hear the disgust dripping from your comments.
And it makes me smile to myself.
Because we are on the right side of history.
You will never fully understand what this march was about because, let’s face it, you don’t really want to, right? And also because it was about many different things. Issues unique to each beautiful, amazing, strong and flawed woman or man who got out from behind their keyboards to stand up for themselves or for someone else.
Yes, there were men marching. There were people of all colors and ages, all races and socio-economic backgrounds, all religions and nationalities; a veritable yummy and multi-colored smorgasbord of diversity.
I know, you are bothered by what you don’t understand. It’s okay. We still aren’t going away.
When you smugly call out American women for having it good and having no right to march because we don’t understand third world hardship you forget that women in third worlds marched along with us.
And your rationale is an odd one. Should we not fight for clean water because those in third world countries don’t have access? Should we not fight for healthcare because, well, after all, they don’t have it in third world countries? What IS the point of that argument? Other than to try and demean the women who united on Saturday? We see through you.
The United States is supposed to be the goal. Our freedoms and our prosperity are what those nations look to as a template for what they can either be down the road or as a place they can hope to live in order to provide for their families, escape violence, hunger, sickness and abject poverty.
We marched so that this nation can remain a haven for them.
We marched so that we can remain the gold standard.
When you haughtily state that maybe all of these women should use their energy to actually help people you are making a vast judgement that many of the women marching don’t already do so.
I marched with women I know who donate time and money to charitable organizations. Women who have opened their homes to people in need. Women who serve on the boards of non-profits. We listened to many speakers; doctors, lawyers and teachers who have done more charitable work in an afternoon than some of you bashing them have done in your lifetime.
And for those who marched that have yet to volunteer?
It’s a start.
They are awake.
They WANT to do something now.
Don’t insult them for taking action; applaud them. Learn from them.
We marched so that maybe, finally, this nation will reach a point where none of us ever has to march again. Heroes before us marched for the right to vote. They were ridiculed and laughed at. And years later, brave men and women marched again so that black men would never be hung from trees while their anguished families hid in terror. Yes, the most violent battles have hopefully been fought. But we are facing an administration that has promised to undo so much progress. The threat is real, tangible; occurring even as I type.
This march is for all of the rest of the battles left to fight. We are standing up and saying "enough, let's fix it, once and for all." THAT is why so many came out. That is why there is such a vast array of messages and voices. Should we not strive for more? Should we not fight for the disabled and sexually abused? Is this country not great enough so that citizens with pre-existing medical conditions can have healthcare? Should we not fight so that a young man, with his life in front of him, isn't tied to a fence and pistol whipped to death? Is there not always more work to do?
For those complaining that the marchers should have spoken up before the election?
We are looking forward, not back. We have no other option.
But these citizens are awake now and this is what matters. They are learning from each other about activism. About who, where and how to contact their legislators and about how to become an engaged citizen.
They are learning that the process of government is complicated and when we have leaders who can't peel apart the layers and work together then we all suffer. We don't want utopia; we are pragmatists at heart. We want unity and common sense and leaders with the moral and ethical fiber to do the right thing.
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr would be pleased. He would be proud. He would say “keep going”.
Some of you were appalled by Madonna’s language. That’s okay. I didn’t like it either. But I don’t like the way Ted Nugent speaks about President Obama or anyone else he doesn’t agree with… or the fact that he called Hillary Clinton the “C” word. And yet you remained quiet when Ted used vile language. Why?
Let’s defend the First Amendment as much as the NRA defends the Second. There is a reason it is number one on the list.
The word “pussy” is front and center because of Donald Trump. He handed this movement their mantra on a silver platter by relegating women to nothing more than an easy piece he can grab whenever he chooses. The word isn’t going away as a banner because this President tossed it around so carelessly and those of you who are upset at marchers using it gave him a pass when he did so.
This was the largest and most peaceful march in our history.
2.9 million Americans in 21 cities.
With only 4 arrests. The looters you heard about? Those occurred Friday and were unaffiliated with the Women’s March. And yes, they were wrong.
600 cities around the world.
That is worth celebrating.
In the chilling words of Yamamoto, this election has awoken a sleeping giant and filled her with a terrible resolve.
Michael Smerconish interviewed a Trump supporter at the inauguration on Friday who said he supported Trump so that Americans can “get our freedoms back”. When pressed as to what freedoms he has lost, he replied "none".
We marched so that he WON’T lose any.
And so that those of you complaining about us won’t either.