“A Day Without a Woman.” Are we still doing this or did it flop?
So my new feminist overlords want me to be a woman who refrains from:
Paid job (Ah–but not the unpaid job!)
Emotional Labor (What does this mean)
Childcare (Please arrange for a competent substitute before you do this. And do explain to the children that, on every other day, you are being forced to care for them by your patriarchal oppressors.)
Diapers (Please don’t make the babies suffer. Secure a competent substitute.)
Housework (No complaint here. But can’t you refrain from this without an international event?)
Cooking (No eating.)
Sweeping (Why precisely sweeping…?)
Laundry ( Because men never do laundry.)
Dishes ( Because men never do dishes.)
Errands ( Because men never run errands.)
Groceries ( Sure– buy your groceries another day.)
Fake smiles (Only women have fake smiles; and all women’s smiles are fake. So no smiles — take that.)
Flirting (Awww. Because we’re so dumb we want permission to feel alright about not being forced to flirt.)
Makeup (Because every other day I mindlessly obey male-dominated societal expectations by applying the slave-paint as expected. We all know the fashion industry, the make-up industry and popular women’s magazines are totally male owned and operated.)
Laundry ( I get to not do laundry twice today.)
Shaving (It’s March. Not a problem.)
The women most likely do be excited about not doing these things probably aren’t doing them already.
So my niece is supposed to abandon her 14 month old son for the day? Her cousin, who cares for him on weekdays should refrain from caring for him also?
Are these the things which make me a woman? Are these things exclusively feminine? Are these the things that oppress me?
If all the women who keep our society rolling every day really did strike, the results would be bad indeed. I don’t mean the few who will actually take a paid day off from their jobs, or the few who will pass off their childcare to another woman. Or that dishes will not be done. I mean the things women do that really make this world go around.
Do we achieve peace and harmony through anger? Do we change minds by taking our ball and going home? Also, if you think you need someone’s permission to strike, then aren’t you admitting that you’re a puppet every other day?
As a mere homemaker, I do what I do intentionally. No one forces me and I don’t need anyone’s permission to stop.
The most embarrassing aspect of an event like this is that it can only appeal to 1%-ers; meaning all of us in the first world. People with leisure, time and money to play at it. It accomplishes nothing for the woman who is actually poor, hungry or powerless. You couldn’t promote a movement like this in places where there was actually a problem. If you have the opportunity to choose to take the day off and shop at only small, female-owned businesses, you are one of the privileged, not one of the oppressed.
That being said, I’ve read some commentary from people who ought to know better along these lines: Even if women really struck, the world wouldn’t fall apart. Now if MEN went on strike, everything would grind to a halt. An unfortunate sentiment which would encourage some to say we need a women’s strike.
Please, think about the women in your life refraining from the things they do every day which keep your world running smoothly. Think about what you wouldn’t know without what the women in your life have taught you.
Let’s not confirm the division. Anything which is about dividing the sexes, about pitting them against one another, including the championing of one sex at the expense of the other…all of it tends toward destruction, conflict, tragedy. Nothing good can come of it.
Why? Because we were meant to be compatible, complementary, supportive of each other, invested in each other’s well-being, health, wealth, progress, and good outcomes. We were meant to do things together which neither of us could possibly do alone. Rather than seeking the destruction of one another, we were meant to build together.
And it unwittingly confirms the predictions God made about us at the beginning of human history. Men and women would struggle with each other for supremacy. We would perceive inequality where there was none and fight for our turf.
I think of myself as a human being. We human beings need to love each other, support each other, strive for better things together. If I divide myself from half of the planet, and half of the people in my life, I suffer for it, and so do they.
Gimmicks accomplish little, and division is nothing if not destructive.