This past weekend, hundreds of women exercised their first amendment right to assembly and free speech and protested at and after the inauguration of president Donald J. Trump. I was not one of them.
I am a young woman, in the millennial category, single, in university, but I did not protest. Why? Because although I want women to be respected and I do not want my rights violated, I did not agree with many of the women protesting.
For the first point, I agree that Donald Trump has made some very disrespectful comments about some women, even women in general. That does show a lack of respect, but I also think that Trump is willing to treat women as equal to men, at least in a political and occupational setting, seeing as he has appointed women to his cabinet and has had them on his campaign team. Thus, I did not think that it was necessary to protest in Washington or another big city to encourage him to respect women. I could go on about why Trump really is the president we deserve, but this video has already done that: https://www.facebook.com/journalpoems/videos/926035810829348/?pnref=story
What I really want to point out is how women like me are unrepresented by the media these days, that we are not treated like the radical feminists and protesters on Washington are. However, because I am a white, Conservative Christian, my voice does not matter. Because I believe that the second amendment applies to this era to protect my rights, my voice does not matter. Because I believe that pornography is evil and that women should dress modestly, my voice does not matter. Because I believe that men and women are equal because they were created in the image of God, but I also believe that they were given different, valuable roles by God, my voice does not matter. Because I believe that unborn life is more sacred, my voice does not matter.
I hate that women are mistreated in nations around the world, oppressed just because of their gender. That is not the case in the United States of America. We as women have more freedoms than any other women in the world, and we have since the founding of our nation. We have not always had the right to vote, but that was because the family and community structure was very different in the eighteenth century. It is disappointing that women are not always paid or treated the same as men in the work force, especially when it comes to pay, and I think that should be changed. Men and women should get paid for doing the same work. However, I believe, counter-culturally, that married women’s primary job and privilege is to raise their children.
I believe that pornography is vile, even “lesser” pornography in movies and tv. Women should not be shown off as sex idols in media. Women were created beautifully and to give beauty to the world, but the ability to arouse sensuality is not the same as being beautiful. Women are life-givers, literally. We have an ability to comfort and say the right thing at the right time different from men. We show strength through endurance and biting back ungracious words when children ask us for a candy bar for the hundredth time. We have soft and beautiful voices in many different ranges, our voices are often compared to angel’s, in fact. These, and others, are beautiful qualities of women.
I believe that a woman does have a right to control her body, but with that right comes responsibility. All rights have moral obligations and vice versa. When freedom is abused, it is taken away, piece by piece. I do not think that school dress codes are oppressive. I do not think it is right for men to objectify women because of what they are wearing, but I also do not think it is right for women to objectify themselves and flaunt their bodies. Modesty is beautiful, it shows a depth of character. One can still be modest and express herself. In addition to clothing, women have a right to exercise or not to, to eat healthy or not to, and to have sex or not to. However, women never have the right to murder for convenience. abortion is not controlling one’s own body, but destroying someone else’s no matter how that someone else got there.
This is me, protesting against the culture, screaming into the void. I desperately wish for peace in this nation, I desperately wish that all men and women saw themselves as beautiful in the eyes of God, and held themselves accountable to Him as King of the Universe. Alas, there is sin in the world, and with that comes discord and violence. Women are continuing to fight to reign over men, as they have from the beginning (look at Genesis 3).
I am a woman. I did not protest because I disagree with the worldview held by many women who did protest. These are my views and my beliefs, and they are the reason why to the media, my voice does not matter.