It’s a very special day for my ladies out there! It is International Women’s Day! But before celebrating, let’s look into some of the things that it takes to be a woman.
You might hear people say, “be a man,” or “stop crying you’re not a girl.” Some say, “she could never do that, that’s a man’s job.” Why?
Why are cooking, cleaning, watching the children, dressing up, and wearing makeup considered feminine things? Why is it that our society still believes that working or making money is considered “manly?” You know what makes someone manly, respecting where you come from and I’m not talking about ethnicities, I am talking about where you truly come from. One thing that we can all agree on no matter what gender or race is that we all come from a Woman and that will never change. Yes, there will be people who will say, “well what about the contribution the man makes, it takes two things to make a baby, sperm and egg!” Yes, Kevin, Your sperm helped a lot with MAKING the child but it’s no good if it doesn’t come out! Keeping a little human in us for 9 whole months then pushing it out of a small hole is a WHOLE other story in which your role is standing beside the bed, holding the hand while you try to be comforting!
Why can’t we change the definition of manly because giving birth to a child takes way more “manliness” than lifting heavy objects or going to work and making the big bucks. In my definition, just being a woman takes more “manliness” than anything else in the world. Everything that a girl goes through in her life is always going to be with a filter, a protective shell because we as women know that the world will never accept us for the things we do but the things we are “meant” to be doing. We don’t demand superiority, just equality with even a tiny pinch of respect will suffice!
Some say, “Women have it easy.” Let’s repeat that out loud, “Women have it easy.” Not to be sexist, but the people who I can hear saying this phrase are Men, grown-ass “mature” men.
Do women have it easy when we have to put our keys between our fingers while walking home at night or even just walking down the street, so we are prepared if anyone comes around behind us? Do women have it easy when we get catcalled and stared at by men that are twice our age even while being dressed head to toe? Do women have it easy when we are paid less than the man who got hired two days ago even if we might be more experienced and qualified? Being a woman is having to ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are or who you’re with. Being a woman is having to prove that we aren’t just walking sex objects. So no, Women DO NOT have it easy, but you’re allowed to say that right, because being women is being taught that “boys will be boys.”
On this Women’s day, let’s make a difference. “Boys will be Boys” is not going to be excusable anymore! Let’s teach our boys to respect women and make it easier for them!