We need to set aside a time and space to celebrate people who are not celebrated every day. We need to remember the historical and current ways women are made invisible, degraded, violated and tossed aside. We need to work against this system of problems and look for ways to celebrate all women.
Many who do not understand events like Women's Week or Black History Month fail to see harmful inequalities that still persist today. We have all tricked ourselves into thinking that everyone has equal opportunities. It takes a lot of work to see oppression, but once you start, it's like you have peeled a cloudy haze from your eyes.
Here is an example of something that seemed ordinary at first, though further examination revealed it to be completely sexist.
My last column was a satire about the men's basketball game against Duke University. I wrote the piece before the game happened, using the voice of an excited fan in order to make social commentary about the problems with popular sports culture.
Of course, I received many e-mails from folks who disagreed with me, but one in particular stood out. A guy wrote me and said, "Your column doesn't prove that chicks shouldn't write about sports, but it does prove that chicks who don't know anything about sports shouldn't write about sports."
He then went on to further attack my column for its lack of knowledge about sportswriting, my picture ("Bad hair day?") and even my sentence structure.
Of course, he had missed the entire point of my column. My partner and I wrote him back and gave him a hard time about his error.
He wrote me again, claiming that the reason he didn't understand the column was because I was such a bad writer. He blabbed on about how "chicks" shouldn't write about sports, and even included a sports piece he had written so I could know how a real writer (apparently he is one because he isn't a chick) writes. This second time, he focused in even further on my picture. He went on for two paragraphs about how unattractive I looked.
I replied, simply writing, "Thank you, you've clearly confirmed my point. You'd rather me be knowledgeable about sports than social issues."