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.

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  1. d granstream
    March 9, 2006

    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!

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  2. Zartimus
    March 13, 2006

    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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