This past weekend, I participated in the Women's March on Washington's sister march in Cincinnati. Obviously, I would have loved to be in DC where the action was, but with two little guys who need their Mama, it just wasn't realistic. So a couple of my friends and I piled into a minivan, I strapped Crosby to my chest and away we marched. The day before the march, the Facebook event said approximately 6,000 participants were expected. Obviously, there's no way to pinpoint an exact number, but some estimated shows appoximately 12,000-14,000 in attendance. My group and I were toward the front of the march and as we completed the 1.5 mile loop, some participants were only just starting. It was crazy! Nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands in DC, LA, and Chicago, but more than enough for me.
1. Because I am a sexual assault survivor who believes that no person should be victimized because of their gender.
2. Because I am raising two sweet boys who will be taught to fully understand what consent means.
3. Because I want to stand in solidarity with my Muslim sisters, my black sisters, my native sisters, and my Latina sisters who have been told that they don't belong. They do.
4. Because I want to protest an administration that openly discriminates against and objectifies half of the citizens it has sworn to protect.
5. Because I want to look back in 10, 20, 30+ years and know that I was on the right side of history.
6. Because I want to be an example for two impressionable children who will no longer be able to look up to the President as a model of decent, gracious, and kind behavior.
7. Because I believe that a woman's body belongs to her and her only.
|Smashing the patriarchy is exhausting.|
Did you march? What was your experience?