I asked to take the first post for October, and I have no idea why. I’m all over the place with my opening post ideas and thoughts on the topic. I guess that means I’m extremely passionate about it. We decided that October was a fantastic month to write about Women. I’m probably more excited about this month than any other month we’ve done. I should be able to write a strong post about the reasons why we chose Women, but I can’t.
On one hand, I love our gender. I strongly believe that if all women got some weird funky disease and died, the world would suffer and wither away. Ever had a sick husband? Mine was just sick so my nerves are still raw… Ever watch a woman multi-task? Yes you have. And you were in awe. Ever watch a man multi-task? You probably jumped in to help. It’s what we do. We fix things. We make the world spin. We solve, comfort, nurture, tackle, and kick-ass all in a matter of minutes.
But on the other hand, I’m angry at our gender. Why do we have to have an election that’s basically centered on women’s rights? Why? It’s 2012. Women shouldn’t be a special interest group in 2012. Women shouldn’t be an election talking point. The environment or the economy are really good points to debate. “The War on Woman” sickens me. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it’s true. I’m not about to debate the Right or Left in this opening post. I’m disgusted that we have to have a discussion about women’s right. Still. It makes me sad and angry. It makes me want to vomit that men are making these decisions. Being an equal should have been hashed out decades ago. But it hasn’t. And part of me blames our gender.
We didn’t think we had to fight any longer. Suffrage and the Gloria Steinem-likes took care of it for us. Right? We felt comfortable. We could choose to work or stay-home. We could drink a beer in public. We could marry or just live with someone. We were blindly equal. All the while, we aren’t making the same wages. We let the media suck us into Mommy Wars. We allow woman to be portrayed as waif-ish sex objects. Instead of being unified, we get mixed up with our differences and fight with each other. All the while keeping up securely in a passenger seat of our own destiny.
This month will not be a month of us railing against the men. We love men. A lot. This month will be about us celebrating Women. Not passively, but passionately. You will see why women must make positive changes for the next generation. As a loyal reader of O+U, you’ll end your October knowing something you already knew: women are badass. But I’m also hoping that by the end of October, we can all agree that we need better representation. We need more voices. We need to be on equal footing. We need to not accept an older woman’s, “It’s much better now than in my day.” We need to say: Enough. We need to point out that women aren’t cookie cutter and that’s fantastic. We need to show the world just how amazing we are and how completely fucked they’d be without us.
So people should start being nicer to women…
We’re a force. And we should start flexing.
Yes, they got it opened.
Because they worked together.
And they really wanted a mimosa.