The Women’s March on 21st January 2017 was about women standing up for equality. To do that, we need to dismantle Patriarchy and everything that it represents. Trump coming to power in the US, was the catalyst for it, given that Trump represents everything that patriarchy stands for; he is a rich, white privileged male. Patriarchy is endemic; we have a world now where women are NOT treated equally. End of. Even worse, is that mothers are treated without respect often at the hands of the legal system that is supposed to protect them.
Women marched on the 21st because of these kind of issues; a society that doesn’t respect it’s women and mothers is unbalanced and is too harsh. Madonna summed it up with her speech (part of which is under-noted):
“The revolution starts here. The fight for the right to be free, to be who we are, to be equal. Let’s march together through this darkness and with each step. Know that we are not afraid. That we are not alone, that we will not back down. That there is power in our unity and that no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity”.
Madonna’s speech was amazing. Yes, it contained swear words and a mild threat (as a joke) but it brilliantly summed up the issues. We DONT HAVE EQUALITY yet and that is a disgrace in 2017.
Then, we have Piers Morgan who stated that the marches on the 21st were “vacuous”, he went on to say:
“I’m all in favour of equality and I absolutely support women’s rights completely. But I don’t see the point of that march. I don’t know what the focus was. I don’t know what they were hoping to change.”
The focus was quite simple, Piers, we need true equality and an end to patriarchy. And we need men to support, that not downgrade it.
It is the more oblique strains of Patriarchy that we also have to question and stamp out. A good example of this is this morning’s exchange between Piers Morgan (host on GMB) and Ewan McGregor (actor in new film Trainspotting 2).
Ewan pulled out of a promo interview for the film on GMB, tweeting:
Obviously, what follows is a public response from Piers and all the comments and publicity that goes with it, which causes both men to trend on Twitter.
So, we have a white male taking a stance against another white male in the name of women’s rights, which causes both of them to get a LOT of publicity and self promotion. Sounds like staunch patriarchy to me.
If there had been some lead female roles in Trainspotting 2 instead of brief cameo roles, then maybe it would have been one of those ladies would have been taking a pop at Piers this morning, instead of yet another white male…
Maybe it’s time for women to get a fair share of the lead roles in this world, instead of cameo roles. That, Mr Morgan, was the point of the vacuous marches..