Late for the Party

So this year’s Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day was yes­ter­day. Hon­est­ly, it makes me feel uncom­fort­able. I have no issues with the idea behind it. I just have issue with it being called the Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day. Why not call it the Inter­na­tion­al Gen­der Equal­i­ty Day instead? Call­ing it the Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day only makes women sound like sub-human. At least to me. And I find it kind of iron­ic. But maybe it’s just me.

Speak­ing of gen­der equal­i­ty, while we were dri­ving by the coun­try­side last week­end, I couldn’t help but notic­ing that most fam­i­ly farms had “So-and-So and Sons” paint­ed on the barns or the silos. None had “So-and-So and Daugh­ters” or “So-and-So and Sons and Daugh­ters”. I used to think that maybe it was because the farm­ers had no daugh­ters, but now that I think of it, it can’t be true. So I start­ed rant­i­ng to Troy about how daugh­ters, giv­en the same oppor­tu­ni­ty, would be able to run the farms just as well as the sons could. Farm­ing takes skills and skills can be learned by any­one, regard­less of their gen­der.

The only excuse Troy could offer that kind of makes sense to me was that those “So-and-So and Sons” signs have been around for ages, before there was such thing as gen­der equal­i­ty. But still, some of those signs still look pret­ty fresh­ly paint­ed to me…

And then I start­ed telling Troy that I real­ly should start a new weblog about my var­i­ous issues and that my first entry should be all about my issue with pro­cras­ti­na­tion so that when I stopped updat­ing the weblog after the first entry, the read­ers would know exact­ly why.

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Nice entry! :)
    1st para­graph: It’s not just you. I know at least two more peo­ple! Includ­ing myself.. The whole equal­i­ty thing’s just fucked up by peo­ple who iden­ti­fy them­selves as man or woman before human indi­vid­ual. “We men have to take a stand for women’s rights, yada yada..” “Men con­trol the uni­verse, and they’re unfair to us women, yada yada” Then there’s the oth­er camp, but they’re real­ly all Stal­in or Hitler in terms of equal­i­ty.
    2nd para­graph: Not real­ly sure it’s Troy fault — or any­one else for that mat­ter. I real­ly think it’s the same thing as above, gen­der iden­ti­fi­ca­tion before human indi­vid­ual iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. “When I grow up I wan­na be a fire­man, like my dad, yada yada” “You’ll be able to run the farm when I’m done son”
    3rd para­graph: Been there a few times! Still got­ta get past that thresh­old every­time of see­ing some mean­ing in any­thing I write, or just type my stu­pid stu­pid mind. Some­how it works “bet­ter” for com­ments..
    Insert a few LOLs, and that’s my thread of thought.
    Also, maybe, my opin­ion has some­thing to do with me being bor­der­line trans­gen­dered — not real­ly being able to make up my mind if I’m a man or a woman, both, or just a gen­er­al­ly fucked-up human. I don’t real­ly care, I just am — either way, most peo­ple usu­al­ly think I’m weird. I don’t mind — always been.
    Sec­on­dar­i­ly though, I usu­al­ly iden­ti­fy with women — has for at least 15 of my 25 years. I have a few guess­es why, but I ain’t gonna put them down now (’cause I’m too tired and haven’t thought ‘em through, real­ly).
    Thanks for keep­ing my brain going, Fir­da. Ciao!

  2. I’m a guy, and I agree with your thoughts. Hav­ing said that, when dis­cussing why intl. Woman’s day exists I was told (quite loud­ly) that “Every Day is Men’s day!”, so.. I’m okay with a Women’s day, a pur­ple peo­ple day, Black His­to­ry month, left hand­ed day, any kin­da day real­ly.

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