I am not a Republican, I am not a democrat, I am not an Independent; I am just a human being with an opinion, if that still exists.

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, millions of people around the world took to the streets to participate in the Women’s March. From Washington D.C. to London, streets were beaming from end to end with placards, banners, t-shirts and other paraphernalia, all advocating some cause or another. Whether it be abortion rights, equal pay, gay rights, education rights or general human rights, it was a march in support of the struggles of women and children around the world. However, despite the fact that it was a symbolism of strength and empowerment, it was also a political statement that wreaked of disdain and collective lack of support for President Donald Trump. Hence, the partisan connection of the movement and liberal nature of its agendas cannot be ignored.

womens-march

With the march being conveniently held the day after Trump’s inauguration, it was obvious. This was not only a march for women’s rights, but a march against racism, classism, homophobia, and discrimination of all kinds, that is closely tied to most conservative beliefs and of course those of Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

I am not partisan, however, my beliefs and opinions ring more liberal. Withstanding this fact however, I did not and do not support the Women’s March for the following reasons.

It has a strategy, but lacks focus and definitiveness…

Womensmarch.com‘s home page thanks the millions of people who turned out for its march on January 21st. But, it is quick to enforce a call to action, reminding supporters that the fight does not end here. It outlines in a manifesto of sorts, the next steps towards pushing their agendas and making their voices heard. From writing letters and sending to your local senators to printing cards displaying phrases such as “Hear Our Voice” from their website. So, in a sense, there is a strategy to this movement. However, it lacks focus, and this is where history has never been kind to the many movements that have come and gone over the years. A movement’s aim is to advance their shared political, social or artistic ideas. The Women’s March movement does not have a single idea or agenda to push, it has dozens. As mentioned above, these agendas are wide-ranging, such as the enforcement of abortion rights to equal pay in the workplace. These are two of the most pressing issues for women, but that is the biggest commonality between the two. The Women’s March should be focusing on one single agenda at a time, seeing it through to fruition and then moving on to the next. When you have so many things to push, you lose focus of what is important, you are unable to properly address the views of your group and you highlight the agendas you feel best while the others are left out in the wind. A movement is like a business, focus is needed to fully understand an issue and develop an effective strategy to make it work. You cannot be a jack of all trades.

Playing the victim gets you nowhere…

I have never been a fan of gay rights movements, abortion rights movements, or even black lives matter (and I am black). The whole point of these causes are to play the victim, to be the vulnerable, the weak, the abused. When we succumb to the harshness of someone else’s view points or physical behaviors we are led to form movements that we hope will stem such behavior and create some change of mindset. We believe that marching every year in gay pride will make people accept us more, or marching on The Capitol for women’s rights will give us a wage increase on Monday morning. As humans, we love to play the victim. Maybe there is some solace in playing this position. Maybe one can find strength in their adversity or disposition. But, being the victim gets you nowhere. The Women’s March can be an effective cause, but advocating for the rights of the “vulnerable” will not exude strength, resilience and confidence. We must stand up and fight with resolve that we are all equal, men are no better than women, whites are no better than blacks; we are all the same. Many of these movements give others the power. Power over their lives, their freedoms, their free will, and the Women’s March is no different.

Movements like this attracts everyone, including the ignorant, the lazy, the non-passionate and the foolish…

The march was everywhere on that Saturday in January. Newscasts and social media feeds documented the millions of people marching around the world. But, at the end of all that marching, everyone went back home to their Netflix’s, television episodes, and the frivolity of their social media accounts. Forgetting what they just marched for, if they knew what they were marching for to begin with. One of the issues with movements as wide ranging and open-ended like the Women’s March, is that it attracts everyone. It attracts the ignorant, the lazy, the non-passionate, the foolish, the bandwagon folks, the celebrities, the fear-mongers, and the opportunists. This video shot in Los Angeles on the day of the march perfectly sums it up. This guy is spot on:

A huge percentage of these marchers were present because it would make them look cool and make them feel like they are a part of something. They made a nice crowd, but a lot of it was a crowd without substance. Many of these people will never carry out the call to actions stated on the Women’s March website (if they even know there is a website in the first place). We live in a world of gullible beings who are lazy and do not see nothing through to the end. Look at what happened to movements like Black Lives Matter, it has become a dormant, disorganized group that only speaks out when a black man is killed on Facebook by police; because apparently, black lives do not matter otherwise. It is one thing to support a cause, but if you are going to do it, at least be genuine, at least be active, at least know what you are supporting.

The bottom line is…

You can march until your feet fall off, you most likely will never change someone else’s opinion or point of view. We need to have marches encouraging the importance of respecting each other beliefs and opinions. Everyone will not believe in gay rights, women’s rights, or even human rights for that matter. People will have conservative view points while others will have liberal ones. Unfortunately, we live in countries that are governed by laws that prohibit many of our human liberties. Policies will be enforced that go against our beliefs, but the ones that are in our favor, goes against someone else’s beliefs. You can never please everyone, we all have different takes on different areas of life, and in a way, that is what makes life interesting.


One Love,

Dave Anthony

Posted by:Dave Anthony

I am a Jamaican born Entrepreneur living in the United States. Adventurous, writer, weird, down to earth. Here I write about interesting stuff that educates, thrills and influences.

11 replies on “3 Reasons Why I Don’t Support the Women’s March

  1. I get what you’re saying. Actually I wrote about this too and acknowledged I am not of the “herd mentality” camp. However, there were a lot of reasons people had to march – and the fact that it was PEACEFULLY done should speak volumes as well. Question for you: do you believe the various marches, sit-ins and other demonstrations of the civil rights movement were of a singular purpose? I don’t. There were many issues people had. If you chose to march, as I did, you did it for your own reasons. People have a right to be upset and a right to express their opinions – and I feel the fact that men and women came out in droves speaks to the general strength of discord in this country. And to me it’s ok to simply express that.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Andrea. Thanks for your feedback. As mentioned in the article, I fully support the freedom of choice and rights for women and children worldwide. However, the things I found discord with are in my opinion, failure points I have observed that could be addressed to make the Women’s March more effective. As in the case of the Civil Rights movements and others from past eras, yes they were pushing many different agendas, but the main message of that movement in particular was to lift blacks out of oppression and segregation. It was a single message that everyone could understand and rally. The underline message of the Women’s March is equality and freedom for women and children, however, the message is not as potent at that of the Civil Rights Movement. It is distorted, fractioned, disproportioned and scattered. It has too many tangents, and hence, there is no one unifying message for supporters to rally behind.

      I love hearing your opinions and take on these issues. I was looking for an article related to the “herd mentality” you mentioned in your comment, but could not find it on your blog. Could you direct me to it? I would like to read what you have to say.

      One Love

      Liked by 1 person

      1. At the the time of the civil rights movement, what did lifting blacks out of oppression specifically mean? And how were their grievances move organized than, say, the feminist movement? I think the spirit of the Civil Rights movement was just as widespread, it’s just that in retrospect we can see the very specific changes it brought about. It’s difficult to choose just one fight for feminists to focus on because, like the civil rights movement and Black Lives Matter, women are working towards to right to be considered whole human beings. So how do you weigh one oppressive force towards your personhood against another? You’d be making women prioritize equal pay over their reproductive health, and vice versa. Who is to say which is more important?

        “We must stand up and fight with resolve that we are all equal, men are no better than women, whites are no better than blacks; we are all the same. Many of these movements give others the power. Power over their lives, their freedoms, their free will, and the Women’s March is no different.”

        In you opinion, what does a demonstration like this look like if not like the ones we are seeing today? In what way are our protests different today from the ones which have affected positive change in the past?

        Sorry for the rant. I really did enjoy reading your perspective, but, like you, I have a lot of thoughts on this. I have my own issues with the Women’s March but those deal a lot more with the internalized misogyny and exclusionary trend seen at a lot of the events.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Hi Micaela. Thanks for your feedback, and I love hearing your opinions, so it is very much welcomed. To address your points, the Civil Rights movements did have segments of it that shared somewhat different views opposed to what people like Martin Luther King believed. The Black Panthers for example believed in a more aggressive form of protest compared to Dr. King’s passive one. In the end however, some form of change was recognized as far as Civil Rights progression is concerned. because they all had the same unifying message.

          I think both movements (the Women’s March and the Civil Rights Movements) are fights against oppression of one’s personhood. They are not much different. So I agree with that, I just believe that the range of issues that the Women’s March has to tackle compared to the Civil Rights movement gives it less likelihood of being effective.

          None of the causes supported by the Women’s March is important than the other, however, if it seeks to be an effective movement, some kind of focus is needed to ensure that these issues are addressed individually. Our political system will not address these agendas collectively.

          The difference between protests today and protests of the past goes back to the underline issue I have discussed in the article and in the aforementioned of this response. A movement requires focus to be fully effective. The Women’s March is too fractioned at the moment in my opinion.

          One Love

          Like

What Do You Think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s