the women's movement


Just a few sights from yesterday’s world-wide Women’s March on Washington, here in Portland, Oregon.  Just the beginning to this new and hopeful, peaceful and all inclusive movement!!

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Will the women’s march be another Occupy, or a Democratic Tea Party?
Organizers and participants want it to be a movement that can do what Trump did in his presidential campaign—only in reverse.

They want to be the Tea Party, but they’re worried they’ll be Occupy Wall Street.

Millions of people—hundreds of thousands in Washington alone—flooded cities across the country on Saturday, completely overwhelming expectations and planned routes for the Women’s March. With the stands behind them at the Capitol still in place from President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, they covered the Mall well beyond the crowd that showed for him.

Now they have to figure out what to do next to channel the raw energy of the marches into political action. And what is it that they’re about: Women’s equality? Reproductive Rights? Race? Climate change? Stopping Trump from putting someone they don’t want on the Supreme Court? Making him release his taxes? All of the above? Signs (and costumes) for all of that and more were all over the place on Saturday.

“What we have to do is make sure it becomes an activist, everyday movement that keeps politicians accountable. The key is to turn it into work that leads to elections,” said former Secretary of State John Kerry, making a brief surprise walk through the Washington rally, his dog in tow, on his first day since leaving the State Department. “A lot of people are going to be working on that.”

Among the liberal advocacy groups using the march as a platform to mobilize new supporters were Planned Parenthood, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Sierra Club. Organizers drew applause for promising to release a list of targeted political actions that attendees could take during Trump’s first 100 days in office, but aside from repeated requests that people in the crowd share their phone numbers with organizers by texting “women,” there was no clearly coordinated effort on site in Washington to collect email addresses or other information to build out a network of activists.

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Just wanna re-state that my march, and many of the marches across the country, were very intentional about centering marginalized communities. Our march had a specific route for the disabled, and chairs marked off for them and the elderly at the rally. We had speakers talking about the fact that the women’s movement in the US was started by Black women. We had people from Fight for $15. We had people with “Water Is Life” signs. We had Black, queer, undocumented, Muslim speakers. At one point someone got on the mic and said they were marching for Tamir, Bresha, and Sandra Bland, and a roar went through the crowd. I saw so many other Black women at that march. In fact, I saw all kinds of people at my march. It was among the most empowering and uplifting political actions I have ever been part of, and I will resist the fuck out of any attempts to marginalize the fact that what we did *around the world* yesterday was deeply important.
My Issue With The "Women's March"

Saw this on facebook and I had to share:

“Approximately 54% of women self-identify as “Pro-Choice”… barely a majority. Yet, these were the only ones welcomed by official organizers of the “Women’s March”… and the only view represented. It’s dishonest and factually incorrect to claim to represent and speak for all women. Women are the most active and most passionate voices of the Pro-Life movement.“

”I respect and appreciate the right of all groups to protest, march, and otherwise speak out about their views. But let’s be honest about what this was. I realize, of course, that abortion was not the only reason for the event… but it was the litmus test by the organizers regarding what constitutes who is qualified to represent women. Sad.“

And as a woman I agree 100%. It’s not fair to say you represent all women when you don’t allow others to protest simply because they disagree on one issue.

That’s the opposite of representation.

anonymous asked:

All the women anti-choicers can cry all they want about about the march-if you are a woman, but you don't support women, then fuck your voice. the whole point of the march was to advance causes that actually help people, and your gender is irrelevant if you're against that.

What did antis expect from a women’s march? Like, anti-choice sentiments have no place in any kind of feminism, womens’ movement, health movement, or anything. Did they really expect to be welcomed with open arms?

People Are Calling This Song The Anthem Of The Women's March Movement
“I’m excited to see what happens once I send them my music," the writer told BuzzFeed News. "I really just want people to use it to get what they need to heal right now."
By Adolfo Flores

“I’m excited to see what happens once I send them my music,” the writer told BuzzFeed News. “I really just want people to use it to get what they need to heal right now.”

there is nothing wrong with wanting to normalize “female” reproductive organs and menstruation, but this does not have to have the end goal of demonizing the genitalia that other women might have it’s really that simple and i dont know why cis women are acting as if its so insulting that trans women dont want to feel left out of a WOMEN’S movement.

anonymous asked:

why are people getting upset at "pussy bites back" or "future is female" posters? esp the first one, because didnt trump make a statement about assault on female people?? so it just makes sense that women would center their posters around being "female" if that makes sense? idk i dont understand them or how its cissexist because no one said anything about hating trans people lol

yeah okay so here’s the thing

libfem logic is that feminism is for EVERYONE - it’s not a movement for women’s rights, it’s a movement for every one who has ever been on earth’s rights - so they don’t think it’s cool for women to address women’s issues that only apply to females without adding an end script that’s like “penis matters too! girl penis is also oppressed!” because their primary focus is including everyone in the movement (not addressing the issues, but rather making every single person ‘visible’). trans women obviously do not have vaginas so libfems are annoyed that “pussy” is being used in the women’s march being it does not apply to trans women.

i’m w you on that it just makes sense the signs would be female centered!

i, on the other hand, believe trans women shouldn’t have even been at the march and i would have loved to see even more female body centered signs! female bodies are the ones being oppressed! we have been shamed and silenced for way too long! have solidarity w your sisters, baby. “cisssexism” doesn’t exist.

Okay I get that signs about uteruses leave trans and nb and other women out but also reproductive rights are a huge issue?? Obviously trans women have been left out of a lot of women’s movements and I suspect this will be no exception but telling people that they shouldn’t be proud of their uterus or make signs about vaginas bc trans women are also women is like ??? Like u can still be proud and want freedom for your uterus and still be inclusive to trans women just because trans women are women it doesn’t mean that reproductive rights aren’t a women’s issue?

Don’t let rich movie actresses oversimplify and defang feminism with “I think men and women are equal so I’m a feminist”.
While *obviously* men and women are equal, feminism is a complex and divergent movement for women’s safety and liberation, often through radical means and ruthless critique. Any feminist worth their salt will tell you it should involve not only gender, but also race, disability, LGBT+ status, socioeconomic class, and more.