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Why I’m Not Supporting the Women’s March on Washington

Why I’m Not Supporting the Women’s March on Washington

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I’ve been reading and thinking about the Women’s March on Washington since it happened. I have written this blog post and decided to go ahead and share it on Facebook. As you may have already heard, it’s not going quite as planned.

I’m going to write about it because I’ve been so consumed with it that I found myself feeling inspired to share something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. You see, for the past few months I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to march.

I’ve marched in other cities. I volunteered for other marches. I supported marches. I’ve marched with other people who were marching. I marched for reasons I’m not entirely comfortable with. I marched to protest and to celebrate. I marched because I knew people would be with me. I marched because I was inspired and that’s all I need to do. But this march—like all marches—I’m still conflicted about.

I don’t have an agenda for this event. The truth is, it’s just a gathering of women to show support for women and their rights. But I’ve spent a good deal of my life being confused about what we should support and what we should not support. I’m not going to pretend that I have ever thought about gender equality. So when I go to these events, I’m in the same place I’ve been every march I’ve ever been to: I stand on a street corner and shout slogans, sometimes louder than everyone around me.

The only difference this time around is that I had a little more time to think about it. My life has been a bit more complicated than before.

My boyfriend and I have been together for nine years, and when I say “we” I include him because he is the love of my life

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