Blouse : Promod; Denim Cutoffs : Forever 21
Heels : Charles & Keith; Bag : Zara; Sunglasses : Forever 21 (similar here)
Happy Women’s Day all you wonderful people!
Since 10 am this morning, I’ve got 10 messages for spa discounts, three messages about free food and drinks, and watched 16 videos celebrating motherhood and the ‘spirit of women’. And that’s fine. If someone offers you a free cosmo, by all means, DRINK IT WOMAN : only a seriously deranged person would turn down free alcohol. But lets not forget how Women’s Day actually started at the turn of the 20th century, with the fight for equal pay. We’re definitely better off than we were a hundred years ago, but in a lot of ways we’re still there. Women still find the need to take a stepback in their career to have kids, or find the need to justify their choice to stay at home. Everyday, women are raised with the expectation that they will be taken care of by someone else, and men are constantly pressurised by the expectation to ‘provide’ (yes, the patriarchy hurts EVERYONE).
So go ahead and get that free massage, but please also consider not shying away from calling yourself a ‘feminist’ (also, just reminding everyone what the true definition of feminism is here). Have the courage to tell a friend that when he/she says ‘ India raped Pakistan in that test match’ they’re being disrespectful of the hundreds and thousands of victims of sexual violence. Help your colleague understand that joking about how your tough female boss needs to get laid only perpetuates the stereotype that a woman who is ‘not weak’ is unnatural. Sure, people will think you’re uptight, and you will be called ‘Feminazi’ from time to time (speaking out of experience here) but remember that when one calls themselves a feminist it doesn’t mean that they believe women should be more powerful than men, or that wanting to be a stay at home mom is bad. It means that they want the same opportunities and choices be given to women, men and basically any person on the planet.
Oh well, I’m off to go ge my free massage/cosmo/dinner.
HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!