I struggled a lot with deciding to write this post. After the election of 2016, I struggled a lot with my blog overall. It felt small, pathetic, and unimportant compared to the issues we were going to be facing with the new administration. But I received a lot of encouragement to keep going, as it is important to still have joy in your life. I also believed I wanted to keep my blog free of politics. But today I’m throwing that out the window, because what I’ve realized is that women’s rights, trans rights, gay rights, and civil rights are not a political matter, politicians have made them as a means of control. Today also gave me a perspective on history, which is an aspect of this blog.
As many of you know, I have a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on the mid-20th century in America. A great deal of progress was made in America during that time. We had the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and the Feminist Movement of the 1970s, all of which helped broaden equality across race and gender. But today there are many who would love to turn back the clock, and I’m here to tell you, despite my love for “all things vintage” I’m not one for the laws, sexism, and racism of the time, so I will not quietly see my rights taken away. That is why I marched in the Women’s March (the Orange County one) over the weekend, along side Pat, who took all of these amazing photos, and my dear friend, Kaitlyn.
Oh, and I know I mentioned in my On the Basis of Sex post I made the RGB dissent collar to wear to this, at the last minute I decided to change my outfit, opting for a 60s look.
I had a special appreciation for this sign, as it harkened back to my favorite election, which was the one of 1964 between President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Senator Barry Goldwater. Goldwater suggested the use of atomic bombs in Vietnam, and for his campaign ran with the slogan “In Your Heart You Know He’s Right” to which Johnson supporters responded with “In Your Guts You Know He’s Nuts.”
It is shocking to me that I’m still marching to make it known as a woman I am worthy of respect, that I am more than a sexual object or a womb. It is shocking that I still have to march to keep the right to choose. It is shocking we have had to have so many different “waves” of feminism over the years. One or two didn’t take care of it all. I made a double signed sign to reflect my frustration in having the knowledge of the movements from the past, and in retrospect I feel like I should have made a sign that said something like “I just arrived from 1969, and we’re still fighting for women’s rights?!” Maybe next time!
I’m a historian, I know what marches do. I know the outcome. Marches show a desire for change. Those who are silent and complacent will not be looked back on positively. I’m here to be part of that change. I’m here to show my support for women, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. I know where the right side of history is and it is not with hate and white supremacy. Spoiler alert: the Nazis lose.
I want to address the recent information regarding one of the Women’s March founders having anti-Semitic ties. First, I condemn all anti-Semitic words and actions. Second, in Saturday’s march I saw women of the Jewish faith marching, according to their signs. And third, of the organizers of the Orange County march spoke often of welcoming all religions.
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