Stop Asking What The Women’s March Is “About”

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A rally to support the Women’s March on Washington

PARKING for our rally at IX: This thing is getting BIG! Yes, IX Art Park has onsite parking, but there are businesses in operation on Sat., and we want to be considerate. Please carpool, bike, use transit [Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) ] Routes 1&6 come close), and park off site if you’re able-bodied.


 
Shani SilverBy Shani Silver

Stop asking what it’s about. Stop asking what I think it will accomplish. Stop trying to undermine a gathering of women by belittling them with questions you’d never ask a man. Stop thinking women have to explain their actions to you, rather than acknowledging you know full well what it’s about. Maybe you don’t.

I march because I’m scared, but not helpless. I march because I want to demonstrate that I can be scared and brave at the same time. I march to show little girls, including the one I used to be, that they can, despite elections, rejections, attacks, and punishments, do anything.

Women's March on WashingtonI march because I just don’t want to stay healthy, I want all women in this country to stay healthy. Especially those who, due to economic disadvantage and poor access to healthcare, are more susceptible to not being healthy. I march because a “pussy” isn’t a grabbable object. It isn’t just there for a man’s sexual pleasure. Goodness knows it’s vilified for ever being a part of a woman’s sexual pleasure. It is not something that in one breath you can desire and in the next take away safe, affordable care from. It’s a part of the human body that requires medical attention like any other part of you. It’s why you’re here, and it deserves more respect than ignorant, controlling, punishing regulation.

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