War on Women

I was watching Beyonce’s video for her single, “Run the World (Girls)” and it occurred to me, 45 seconds into it that here is a famous, much-followed-and-emulated woman who has the opportunity to uplift and support women all over the world and she doesn’t take advantage of it.

Now, I don’t know much about her privately or publicly. She may be one of our gender’s biggest champions and her publicist just dropped the ball. However, should that not be the case, I would think that being a woman, during this devastating war on women that is being waged in this country, she would use her power and fame to be a part of the solution, rather than ignoring the problem.

As a matter of fact, why aren’t more women afraid of where this is heading? Is it that we’re so used to be “thrown under the bus” in this country that we expect it? Is it that since this is a patriarchy, we’re supposed to remember our place (which apparently happens to be in the silent shadows)?

Now, I’, going to be all nerdy and historical and remind my gender that all of this animosity towards us has been prevalent because of religions’ views of women…the whole Eve vs. Madonna thing. We’re either worshiped on a pedastal; or, we’re denagrated and feared to such an extent that we’re made to cover ourselves from head to toe so that men don’t have to learn self control.

I think that’s really the problem…fear.

Fear has it’s uses, but in this case it’s not only making men continue and escalate this war, but it’s turning other women into collaborators by their total apathy.

I look at the power we all wield as females of the species and I wonder why we don’t use it to benefit ourselves. It doesn’t seem like men are in our corner, after all, so wouldn’t it be a good thing for us to unite and stop it ourselves? Wouldn’t it be in our gender’s best interest to teach the next generation of women that finding a husband and making babies IS NOT the end all be all in their lives? That just because you can doesn’t mean you should; nor does it mean that that’s all there is for them to aspire to.

Where are all the prominent, powerful women who are in a position to do something positive for their gender that doesn’t involve fashion, beauty and domesticity? Where are the opposing female voices and hands that have the wherewithal to end this war on women; either via their money or their power?

Where are all the women (or their progeny) who followed Gloria Steinem to the “gates of hell” or, at least the Reflecting Pool at the Washington Monument? Why is it so difficult to get women to support their fellow sisters and stop sniping and gossiping about each other behind each others’ backs? Instead of competing with one another with regards to who has a man and who doesn’t… Who’s wardrobe is trendier than another’s… Who “keeps” a better house than the next female…How about raising our fellow sisters up simply because we all have within us the power of creation and the responsibility to keep our species well stocked?

If women don’t support each other by suppressing anti-female legislation; by helping other women who can’t or don’t know how to help themselves…If women don’t care about and for each other, how exactly can we expect anyone else to?

Contrary to what this patriarchy would have us believe, women are a great deal stronger and have more power than we think and to wield this power for the advantage of the rest of womankind would only benefit the rest of our species, because…

If mama [women] ain’t happy, then ain’t nobody happy!

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About adauphin04

Humanist, feminist, writer, filmmaker. Ford is an alumni of Bloomfield College, where she majored in Media Studies/Communications and minored in English Literature. While attending Bloomfield College, as a single parent she worked full-time, was on the High Honors list, and a member of the National Honors Society. As a graduate, Ford was listed in the Who’s Who of College Students in America. She has been working at Westminster Arts Center for eight years, is an avid reader and film-goer, writes novels, graphic novels, screenplays and poetry. She is currently working on a feminist docu-drama entitled, "You're Not the Boss of Me!" She is also currently in pre-production with her first feature film "Being Free". Ford lives with her son, Jason, and their pets: Boo (a cat) and Akasha (a ball python). Ford and family are beginning a new chapter in their lives and relocating to Colorado in October 2016.
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