By: Stefanie MacWilliams |

The now infamous #WomensMarch, held in cities across the world the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, has inspired a lot of conversation.

The protest, though peaceful (President Trump even tweeted in support of their use of peaceful free speech), exemplified the sort of millennial idiocy which has turned college campuses into safe spaces, and democratic presidential inaugurations into targets for violent communists. All of the usual feminist snowflakery was present and accounted for.

From the idiotic signs…

To the vagina garb (while denouncing the idea that “women have vaginas” as transphobic, naturally)…

…To the infamous pussy hats.

After watching months of anti-police Black Lives Matter riots, fake Trump hate crimes, and of course violent and destructive inauguration day protests, I was at first a bit relieved that this march was nothing more than a typical feminist annoyance at worst, and a source of comedy at best.

However, something about this march rubbed me the wrong way from the very beginning.

The #WomensMarch is not a Women’s March.

This march does not represent women any more than a Black Lives Matter riot represents black people or a KKK rally represents white people.

This is a feminist march, not a woman’s march. And this distinction is crucial.

When feminists claim anything they do under the title of “women”, they are doing a disservice to women everywhere. Women have their own thoughts and opinions – and they do not need feminists to decide which of those interests are worthy of the title of “women’s rights”.

Framing “feminist” events as “women’s” events is done intentionally. Feminists are not doing so well in the polls. Despite the view of feminism as a sort of default position among respectable people, only 23% of women in the United States identify as feminists.

So they have to inflate their popular support – much like a certain failed feminist candidate, I might add.

According to the same article:

But asked if they believe that “men and women should be social, political, and economic equals,82 percent of the survey respondents said they did, and just 9 percent said they did not. Equal percentages of men and women said they agreed with that statement,

But whether feminists like it or not, they do not hold the monopoly on gender equality. And they sure as hell do not hold the monopoly on what “women” want, nor the politics of how to achieve those interests.

Another percentage for you. 51%.  That’s the percentage of the United States population that is female.

The idea that feminists a group with 23% support (likely far less when it comes down to ideological agreement with concepts such as patriarchy theory and the rejection of sexual dimorphism), are entitled to speak for more than half of the population is patently ridiculous.

In fact, the idea that women should have an inherent solidarity with half of the United States population, based only on the fact that they all have vaginas, is, in my view, actually quite sexist.

I am a strong supporter of women’s rights. If there is a situation where women are being oppressed in specific ways because of their gender, I will stand strongly for their rights.

Women’s rights are absolutely, unequivocally human rights. There is no difference between the two.

However, just because some American women think they are oppressed because they have to pay for birth control or can’t abort seven month old fetuses, does not mean I have to show “solidarity” or risk being accused of “trying to get attention from men” or of having “internalized misogyny” or any of the other hundreds of sexist insults that have been flung at me over the years.

It’s almost as though women are individual people, and that our rights are inherent in our humanity, and not reliant on politics or on what Lena Dunham or Madonna or Gloria Steinem or Bell Hooks has decided we need.

I watched this march, I laughed at the sillier signs and some of the most ridiculous costumes I’ve seen in a very long time, and I stayed silent on my  personal social media accounts as women I love and admire posted in reverence of this event.

Of the “solidarity and positivity”, of “girl power”, of how they are “marching for their daughters” and of how “the future is female.”

Where is my solidarity?

The answer is nowhere.

Feminists do not speak for me. We diverge on almost every issue, from politics to religion. And in the case of the Women’s March, there is a deeper issue which comes down to basic human rights and dignity for women – but that would be a whole other article.

And it is not just the fact that I am not a leftist that keeps me from having any interest in being represented by feminists.

Women do not speak for me either.

I do not crave solidarity based on how I was born. I do not crave “sisterhood”. It is not the way I am.

I do not want your solidarity. You don’t want to share it with me.

I’m the wrong kind of woman.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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