. . . Still relevant and worth sharing a year later . . . // The future is H U M A N // The #womensmarch yesterday was an incredible, powerful collective expression of humanity. People standing together, making a statement to say "we care", "people matter to us". No matter which side of the political fence you choose to stand on, this is important.
My gut reaction to this change in government is not positive but, I could not stand behind the alternative either. The positive that has come out of this seemingly hopeless time is that millions of people have been collectively awakened to realize what they value by recognizing what doesn't resonate with them.
If we can channel the energy of so many gathered together constructively we can see great change in the world.
I saw the march and standing up for women's rights (among others) as something so positive. Yet, when I saw some of the placards with slogans such as #thefutureisfemale, it made me question; is this really what I want for the world? Do I want the future to be female? Am I a traitor to the feminists who went before me to fight for the rights that I so freely walk in today if I don't want that?
Because I really hope for the future to be HUMAN.
The underlying sentiment in these statements is to push to turn the gender tables and move towards a female dominated agenda. However, I just don't think this is the answer.
Do I believe we live, in varying degrees, in male dominated societies? Yes. Do I think there needs to be change? Absolutely! But the future is female? No, the future needs to be human.
We must stand our ground and fight against all injustice but we must also be careful we do not lose ourselves in the fight. When the seed of our striving is fear, anger and revenge we are going to lose more than we gain.
We cannot change the injustices of the past by fighting to trade places and punishing the future. This may partially feel like justice but simply reversing the roles will not do the world any good. It will only create issues for someone else to fight against in the future.
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