Politics

Why I March(ed)

January 21st, I joined many women of all different kinds and walked side by side in efforts to show the world that we will NOT back down. No matter what our President says about women and their “abilities”, we will fight.

I received a lot of backlash and saw multiple posts about why these “nasty and gross” women marched, I also say a lot of questions like “what rights don’t these women have?”. At one point, I read a comment that stated “at least Michelle Obama succeeded by getting all of these FAT women to march”. I was upset, embarrassed and just disgusted. My own friends and even outside family members were saying the worst things.

When I got home, I posted this on Facebook to tell everyone why I marched.

 So, I promise you that if you read this entire post, you may learn something new. I want to explain why I marched alongside 400,000 + women yesterday and hope that all of you (who don’t get it) understand better. I am extremely upset by the many posts that go against the women’s march; it was the largest march in US history and I am proud to say that I was apart of it and it is something I will share with others for the many years to come. Let me break it down for you:
1. I marched for all of the women who were attacked by Donald Trump’s WORDS/COMMENTS. Specifically, the comments toward Megyn Kelly about being a bimbo and then the further comments about “blood coming out of her wherever”. Also, when he accused Hillary Clinton of being an enabler to her husbands affairs and when he called her a nasty woman. I also marched because our President believes he can grab any woman by the genitals anytime he wants because he’s a celebrity. That is why I marched. It had NOTHING to do with his administration or policies (except reproductive rights, that’s next)
2. I marched for women’s reproductive rights. In the 3rd presidential debate, Trump said that he would appoint a conservative justice to the court and automatically overturn Roe V. Wade (which I do realize how hard this can be but hey, you never never know), I marched for those women who were killed by coat-hanger and black market abortions. I marched so that we don’t go back to those days. I marched because I believe in a women’s right to choose & if you don’t agree, that’s fine and I respect that which leads to my next point. The GOP (mind you, I say the GOP not just Trump) wants to defund Planned Parenthood. Well guess what? Abortions are at an ALL TIME LOW because of family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood. I marched in support of Planned Parenthood and in support of free birth control, free STD screenings, and free cancer screenings along with check-ups! Defunding Planned Parenthood would be extremely deadly for women/teens who don’t have insurance or don’t feel like they can talk to their parents about condoms and birth control.
3. I marched for minorities in our country and I marched for women’s rights AROUND THE WORLD. Yes, we are treated very well in this country but their are still issues (the wage gap which won’t be closed until after I am dead and gone) but I also marched for the women being oppressed around the world. Just to look at one issue, Africa. Trump doesn’t believe that we should be fighting the group Boko Haram in Africa yet, that group has killed more people than ISIS alone! They have kidnapped many school girls and have forced them to marry and have children (that’s just to point out ONE issue). To further this comment, minorities in our own country have been attacked in this recent election (ex: mexicans, muslims, african americans…. etc) I marched for ALL of them! Yes, I am proud to be American and yes, I know I have rights but that’s not all this march was about.
OH and to solve that whole “trash” picture and how the people who attended the march didn’t clean up their mess, well guess what? In LA alone, they had a permit for 100,000 people. That’s what they anticipated YET, more than 400,000 people showed so they had to up the permit and control the mass crowds. There were NOT enough trash cans but I can assure you that the messes I did see, were around or close to trash cans that were already EXTREMELY full. And hey, you go to Mardi Gras, NY Times Square NYE, even the Yucaipa Christmas parade and I guarantee you, you will see beads, candy and trash all over the streets the next day. It is what it is people.
Thanks for listening/reading. If you did read this entire thing, please let me know your comments below. I would love to hear what you think and if you have a better understanding as to why I marched.

After this post, I was thrilled to see the most positive responses. I thought this would be a nice addition to my blog. It’s just more of who I am, what I do, and what I am so passionate about. I was so thankful to participate in this march alongside many women who thought the same way I did. 

I am a caucasian white female living in the United States and yes, I have rights, many of them (thanks to the strong and powerful women that fought before me) but, that does not mean that I will not fight for those who don’t have these rights. As stated in my intro, I am a strong advocate for our basic human/constitutional rights and I will never stop fighting for that.

Good night & I will see y’all tomorrow!

Signing off,
Hannah

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