This blog isn’t beauty related, but I felt compelled to publish it. So if you don’t like political posts, skip this one 🙂
On the 21st of January 2017, women all around the globe came together to protest against the politics of President Donald Trump. The march initially started with the womens march on Washington characterised by the pink “pussyhats” that were worn by many protesters. This became something much bigger, sparking other peaceful protests around America and even across the pond, arriving my university home-town of Lancaster.
Around 500 people of all ages turned up to protest at Dalton Square in Lancaster, yielding signs with slogans that promote equality such as “Build bridges, not walls” and “Liberty and Justice for all”. Trump may not be leader of our country, but protesters believe equality is a shared problem. Trump’s presidency may not directly affect us in England, but it’s important to take a stand up for what we think is right.
Trump has become infamous for his misogyny, recently being exposed bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy”. Trump has made no effort to disguise his view on women’s reproductive rights, saying that there should be “some form of punishment” for women who actively seek abortion after it has been outlawed. He views planned parenthood as an “abortion factory” despite only 3% of their services being devoted to abortion, the others offer advice on contraception, cancer screeing’s and sex education. In peacefully protesting, women are united in their fight for their reproductive rights, from a man whose past remarks about women have been nothing less than misogynistic. It’s a fight many women still can’t believe they are fighting in 2017, as they march for the rights over their own bodies.
Sexism doesn’t end at a border. It is a globalised issue that can only be overcome with solidarity and this is why the turnout of peaceful protesters in our small town of Lancaster was so effective despite being comparatively small. Another protest march is forecast for March 8th in the hopes that the turnout in all small cities will be just as impressive, if not greater.
Sorry getting deep there,