What did the women in the #WomensMarch rallies REALLY want?

Ahhh, the perenial question: What do women want?

I hear a lot of my male friends ask this question. It seems we like to spend a lot of time and energy verbalizing our issues and then get upset when our partners contribute to the conversation in their usual infernal “solution mode”. The boys, of course, have still to receive the memo — we air our “concerns” not because we want a solution but because we want to be validated.

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So imagine the enormous headscratcher that is this big crowd of ladies who gathered yesterday to protest the ascent to the presidency of Donald Trump. No, the people in yesterday’s crowds weren’t waiting for a mall or department store to open. They were there see some sort of outcome delivered. Well at least, that is the assumption — that these women wanted some sort of outcome.

Trump is, we are told by CNN, the BBC, and our very own Rappler, a misogynist who shows no respect for women and offers us, at best, patronizing attention. We get that. It’s all reiterated in the placards being waved yesterday. Read them. Some of them were even left scattered on the streets after their lot had dispersed (wow, I hope their kitchens do not reflect the untidiness they exhibit!)

So, ok, the US electoral system delivered Americans — and the world — a Trump presidency. So now, ladies, what is it exactly you all want to happen from hereon?

Many of my friends turned to that iconic spring of human wisdom, pop legend Madonna, for answers. Here is what she had to say.

“Welcome to the revolution of love, to the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny,” she said as she took the stage, wrapping up hours of speeches by celebrities and rights activists.

“It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f*** up.

“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.”

To their detractors, she had just two words: “f*** you”.

You read it right. After “hours of speeches by celebrities and rights activists”, it was Madonna’s speech that went on to amass the lion’s share of virality and the most high-fives (“likes” and “retweets”) on social media.

My my. If we gained even just one clear solution for every million fucks given, world hunger would be solved.

One thing’s for sure, validation was being exchanged by the bucketloads in yesterday’s rally. As Madonna did say, “we are not alone” (yeah, the crowds proved that). In numbers comes the courage to “not back down”. Then again, since when do we back down from an argument, right? 😉

[Photo courtesy ABC News.]

13 Replies to “What did the women in the #WomensMarch rallies REALLY want?”

  1. I wonder if Mocha Uson went to that #WomensMarch rally and she told to the protesters that she supports Donald Trump & they should move on, on how they’ll gonna fix & love their country without mudslingging or bullying against him? Hmmm… 😐

  2. People are simply overrating Trump as a threat to women. Meanwhile, I’ve yet to see a big protest against Boko Haram or other confirmed threats who really kidnap and abuse women.

      1. I am a millennial but I am not offended. I know generalization but that is unfair!

        The better term is: bratty insensitive selfish people.

  3. There are multiple photos / articles comparing women supporters of Trump and Hillary. Most of the female Trump supporters look feminine, womanly, fit. While Hillary’s were fat, bug-eyed, dyed-hair smug millennial look. You can see the misery in their faces. Physiognomy is real, my friends.

  4. Actually, these people are just Sore Losers. They expected Hilary Clinton to win the election. They were crying, kicking their feet, shouting obscenities/outrages, etc…when Pres. Donald Trump won…the election was not over for them !

    These women radical groups are afraid that the Roe versus Wade decision in the U.S. Supreme Court will be overturned. Roe versus Wade, decision allows Abortion as legal.

    Hilary Clinton and Obama were Progressive liberals in their political ideology. They want the rights of the : Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual , Transgender and Queer people to be protected. Even allowing homosexuals to marry…

    In the Liberal ideology agenda, abortion is funded by the government. They want also the legalization of Marijuana !

    Pres. Trump and the Republican Party are conservatives in ideology. They are in direct opposite to the Democratic Party liberal ideology…

    So, it is Liberalism versus conservatism ! Woman wants equal rights and equal pay …

    Maybe they want to be on top, during lovemaking with their lovers or husbands !

    The world is indeed queer. Our times in our civilization are extraordinary times !

  5. Trump may be a misogynist, but so what? He is not the only person in the world, his word and action could not kill me neither define my worth. There are still many respectful men and women out there. These Hillary supperters use the “kawawa woman” effect. That infuriates me and even De Lima is doing it. WTF

    1. You appoint a person who shilled for X industry or was an advocate for the dismantling of Y government agency or the crippling if not outright removal of Z law into an agency that oversees either X, Y, or Z (or any two or all there, should there be departmental overlap someplace).

      What happens is predictable: a captive agency, answering to whatever the most powerful stakeholder demands, to the detriment of everyone else.

      I’d imagine something like the above would be at play, with our Pussygrabber-in-Chief and his homophobic veep and their corporate mafia in charge.

  6. There are four kinds of people to avoid in the world: the assholes, the asswipes, the ass-kissers, and those that just will shit all over you.

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