WARNING: This is a rambling post of me processing out loud. Please read it as such & join the conversation with that perspective in mind.
Yesterday was International Women’s Day.
I kind of stumbled upon that information. I wasn’t even aware the day existed.
According to Wikipedia “The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty.”
I appreciate the heart of acknowledging and honoring women, and the theme is an important one.
But I’ll be honest… I have trouble with these kinds of days.
I guess I’m trying to unpack why that makes me uncomfortable. There are some good things that have come as a result of a day like this but on the flip side I feel like in some cases it turns into reverse discrimination. Somehow it feels like it gives us a right to elevate ourselves over the opposite gender for a day. That doesn’t seem like a journey towards equality and respect. It feels like we’re trying to flip the tables.
Of course I am horribly concerned about the oppression of women in some parts of the world. I guess my fear is that days like this give women like me an opportunity toward arrogance and pride rather than a passion to be fighting for the women who don’t have a voice.
What do you think?
Don’t get me wrong. I know there is good that has come from this day. I guess I just wish it was International Injustice Day or something like that. I wish it was more about fighting the injustice than elevating a gender.
Tell us your stories… what are some good things that have happened as a result of International Women’s Day?