Girls Just Wanna Have…Wait, What Do Girls Want Again?

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January 31, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013

 

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Apparently blowing up the White House is in Vogue now.

 

Recently, millions of women marched in a global effort to raise awareness, inform, protest and radicalize (their words not mine).

Particularly spirited and vocal protests gathered in Washington DC, LA, NYC and Chicago.

Based on protest signs and speeches the women that gathered had a whole range of issues, grievances and demands on their collective plates. Abortion rights, workplace rights, election recounts (yep, still), LGBTQ rights and calls for Mr. Trump to both keep his hands off of their private parts and to be impeached also seemed to prevail.

And then there was Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansen and the Material Girl herself, Madonna.

Ashley Judd insisted she was a “Nasty Woman” while seemingly extolling the beauty, freedom and pride of um, not wearing any protective or preventive garb around “her time” as she put it and celebrating the “stain” of her womanhood. She also stated that she was “certain” that Mr. Trump enjoyed rather vivid and incestuous dreams about his own daughter, Ivanka. OK. Meanwhile, Madonna confessed of having her own vivid dreams of “blowing up the White House” and of, shall we say, “disenfranchising” Mr. Trump from his own private parts. Meanwhile, Ms. Johansen shared her admiration of the love that can only be found apparently, between two consenting female adults.

 

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She is a Nasty Woman. No arguments here.

 

See how much you can miss by watching hoops on your tv set instead?

One of the “Million Women’s March” organizers, Linda Sarsour, a leader in the Arab-American Association of NY spoke glowingly and definitively about the need for Sharia law to become more of a fixture globally and how, apparently in her view, women can only truly be valued and virtuous under laws that make it mandatory that she be veiled, never unaccompanied by male escorts (no, not that kind of escort silly) and be subservient.

 

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Girls just wanna have…Sharia Law?

 

To put it mildly, the global protests were partly impressive in their sheer volume, size and passion and at least to me and the original “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Girl (Cyndi Lauper) partly confusing. Cyndi sais she felt there was a better way to show love and peace than to be hateful and intolerant. Tough to disagree. I’d argue these protests may have  even been counter-productive.

 

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Don’t lump me with them. Ok.

 

Let me take a shot at an explanation.

The global philanthropist and multi-billionaire political activist George Soros forked over close to $150 million in order to help produce these “simultaneous” protests. A coalition of over 45 non-profit advocacy groups coordinated these marches and in large part because they represent such a wide variety of agendas, issues and goals, not surprisingly, so did the marches. At least Mr. Soros has been consistently clear about his efforts and investments over the past 25 years or so. He is an unabashed and unapologetic disciple of a borderless, one-world government and is still reeling from his all-out efforts to prevent Brexit.

Mr. Soros is also not surprisingly a steadfast and devout opponent of Mr. Trump and by his own admission everything that he and his most ardent supporters represent.

Now, let’s face it, a simultaneous outpouring of the “average American” voice in protests, marches and “petitions to redress grievances” against the Government like that protected in the First Amendment seems to be about as rare as a Super Bowl without the NE Patriots or a CNN newscast that doesn’t at some point express outrage over the “antics” of our newly sworn-in President.

 

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I don’t know which is worse, Trump or Ashley. Yuck.

 

Today, protests, marches and other expressions of the “will of the people” have steadily evolved over the years into well-orchestrated, well-calculated, supremely sophisticated and heavily financed “events.” From my own time in graduate school in DC and then my two tours of DC duty over the years I have been privy to far too much well-funded “protest and disturbance training” and sophisticated, well-organized “organic” agitation to not be cynical.

That’s why moments that even seem like they might be genuine, like the arguably, incoherent ramblings of Ms. Judd or the ferociously violent dreams of Madonna grab the headlines. They at least provide some point of focus in an otherwise sea of protests signs that either espoused total independence for women or in my opinion at least, called for a huge step backwards for women who were demanding Mr. Trump integrate and follow Sharia law. You know, for the sake of freedom-loving women everywhere.

And I haven’t even mentioned the self-appointed White Female Guardswomen who shouted that it was their duty to “shut-up and shout-down” any white male who dare oppose the views of the sisterhood. As far as the rocks and bags of urine that were thrown at the police in DC, LA and Chicago? I’m hoping those weren’t part of the original sisterhood plan.

 

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Genuine sisterhood.

 

Which brings me back to the core question-Just what do women want?

Well, despite certain large media outlets wall-to-wall coverage of protests like these and its obvious inherent message: Mr. Trump is wrong, he is the enemy of all women, fear him and all his policies, act now before it’s too late, is a simple but much glossed over truth-Over 45% of all women who voted in this most recent presidential election did so not for the patron-saint of all women everywhere but for that deplorable himself, Mr. Trump. In fact, white females cast more ballots for him than her (Hillary).

So, while protests like this and the massive media coverage it was granted seems to suggest otherwise, girls, it would seem want a number of things. And they may not all revolve around the reproductive zone. National security, a booming economy, a well-paying and satisfying job, equality in the workplace, quality and affordable education, safe streets and schools, a world without terror.

Even more recently, about 250,000 women marched on DC in order to send another message to Mr. Trump and his administration. Their message? Give life a chance and say No to abortions, especially any over 90 days and allow women the option of actually seeing a sonogram of the fetus inside of them before choosing an abortion.

 

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No Trump bashing? Can’t be important enough to cover then, right Wolf?

 

Despite the Vice-President addressing the crowd (the first ever VP to do so) this march got barely a ripple of media attention than its sister protests with Madonna, Ashley Judd and Scarlett did.

It would seem that “girls” want a lot of things. Just like boys. And the variety and diversity of thought, choice and preference might just surprise us if we were given half a chance to really see for ourselves.

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18 thoughts on “Girls Just Wanna Have…Wait, What Do Girls Want Again?

  1. Cory Harbinson says:

    It seems to be the case that women mostly fear that their rights will be constantly attacked during Trump’s presidency. According to CNN, a majority of the protestors made their march to show support of immigration and health care and how they despise what kind of man Trump really is (2017). It is crazy to believe the estimated crowd attendances for these marches nationwide, believing to hold higher numbers than Trump’s inauguration day. Hopefully, despite what has already taken place since his oath in office, he can deliver an overall good presidency (wishful thinking) and our country can reunite for the better. Protesting is a healthy way to express yourself and I hope that we continue to see all people, not just women, fighting for what they believe in.

    Ellis, Ralph. “Protesters across Globe Rally for Women’s Rights.” CNN. Cable News Network, 21 Jan. 2017. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.

  2. Lexis Lloyd says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I am all for equal rights across the board. I just wish these marches showcased women in a better light. Some of these signs, outfits, and chants are sparking the wrong message. I understand that they are trying to get their point across, but I just wish it was done in a classier way. I think we all deserve to be treated fair and equal. Unfortunately, the harsh reality of our world today says otherwise. We do have laws set in place such as Title IX in order to help with equal opportunities. It is still hard to break the mold being a female in the workplace. For instance, I want to build my career in the sports industry. It is very hard for women to obtain certain positions since it is mostly seen as a “man’s world.” Of course you have your beautiful female reporters, but that’s about it. I want to be more than just a face. I want the same opportunities men get in the field. I feel at times that people don’t take me serious in the sports field because I am a female. It seems pretty unfair. We all just want the same opportunities and it just shouldn’t matter what race, gender or sexuality you are. It should be based off of qualifications and skills. I understand the protests are a way to speak your mind and express how you feel. I think we as females should lead by example. Let’s break the stereotype and make a name for ourselves.

  3. I think it is unfortunate that the rabble-rousers and screaming celebrities dominated the attention of the media when what was really happening was human beings standing up for their rights against the ideology that now permeates the White House and holds the majority in the House and Senate. For the first time in my life (and I’m 47 knocking on the door of 48), I attended a political rally/march/demonstration, call it what you will. My daughter (age 22) and I trekked to Atlanta and were two of the over 60,000 people who attended the March for Social Justice and Women, and what we witnessed were a collective of souls joining together to stand for each other’s rights. The crowd was composed of men and women (and children) of all ages, races, sexual orientation, and religions for the sole purpose of banding together to support each other and to present a united front against oppression in whatever form it may present itself – against women, LGBTQ, race, religions, etc. It was not just about what women wanted, it was about what a multitude of people want – freedom to be who they are without discrimination, condemnation, and/or subjugation. The atmosphere was charged with love and unity, NOT hate and vitriol. The speakers were educational, inspirational, and motivational. Congressman John Lewis moved me to tears!

    I went to the march not knowing what to expect, I was a march-virgin after all, but what I gained from the march was a fire in my belly to not quietly accept the hand that has been dealt. The fact is that we live in a divided nation, almost 50/50 conservative and progressive. Just because a conservative won the White House (and they control both houses of Congress), many, many people, myself included, do not believe in the direction that they want to take the country and it is our right, as Americans, to rise up and let our voices be heard. Although the media focused their cameras on the most controversial aspects of the march, what was really there was genuine sisterhood, genuine brotherhood, and genuine humanity. It was beautiful!

    -KH

  4. Sharon Pyles says:

    First, I’d like to say – Ashley Judd – TMI. Seems her vehemence was a little over the top. And I guess if you’re Madonna you can get away with threatening the POTOUS (no matter whether you agree with him or not).

    It’s a shame that the main stream media focused on these particular events when they were very much in the minority of what actually occurred on that day around the country and the world. I have to agree with Kimberly’s interpretation of the march in Atlanta. I personally did not attend but had friends and relatives who did and they reported much the same experience as she had. And if you listened to public radio, they reported on many of the marches, not just the more controversial stories to draw people to their site or radio station. And their reports showed the love and solidarity that was on display at many of these events.

    People are diverse. They have many wants, desires, and needs. Periodically, those agenda’s coincide and periodically they collide. These marches highlighted this “quirk” of human nature. We want all the things that you mentioned above (whether you consider yourself on the left or the right) but typically, these wants are aligned in the order of importance at that moment in our lives. If we have a good job and decent income, due to a recovering economy, that moves down the list. If we feel that our ability to control the decisions that relate to our own body/person are being threatened, that rises to the top of the list. But I think the key to remember in all of these wants is – choice. Don’t remove our ability to choose what is important to us and our ability to speak out and demonstrate. Don’t take away our ability to decide what our lives will be like. So far Trump’s agenda indicates there could be less choice in our future if we don’t speak out against many of his actions. Unfortunately, if it takes antics put on display by celebrities to get peoples attention, so be it. No one knows what you want unless you tell them.

    Sharon

  5. Scott Blount says:

    Very insightful and entertaining post that certainly lends some balancing perspective to what most nonpolitical working folks see when they turn on the national nightly news. The statements made by Madonna and Scarlett Johansen didn’t surprise me one bit, but I was extremely disappointed in Ashley Judd’s decision to slum it and be obnoxiously vulgar. She’s so much more relatable and friendly-looking when she’s at those Kentucky men’s basketball games in Lexington, KY. I’ve got a feeling that many of the passionate Big Blue fans that in the past enjoyed seeing her at games and approached her for quick pictures will now view her as simply a “nasty woman.” This all-inclusive women’s march (sharia law…really?!?) did more to provide affirmation for all the folks who voted for Trump, especially the women. Let’s face it, in the big picture this was viewed as a Democratic march, and many of these folks made complete fools out of themselves. Trump is a wildcard, and I’ll admit, he makes me nervous on a few levels. However, he did connect with people in this country on issues and in a way that Hillary failed (I know about the popular vote). I feel like the guy’s got a bit of a personality disorder, and he’s going to keep Congressional Republicans and his communications team on their heels…constantly. I do not envy Sean Spicer, or Paul Ryan for that matter, but I’m pulling for the whole team. Trump and Congress have opportunities before them on major issues that most Americans care about. As for the Madonnas, Johansens, and Judds of the women’s march…they live in a different world than that of the millions who voted Trump into the White House. They’ll most likely concentrate on women’s private parts for the next 4 years, even if Trump’s a wild success.

  6. gnfelps says:

    Honestly, I have not really kept up with why these women are marching, so I have no opinion to really be thrown in. But what I do believe in is that these protests, and destroying cities is a little much.

    I personally believe in if someone wants something done they should actually do something that will make a difference and not something counterproductive. We have Title IX in place, we can vote, and yes pay sometimes can be unequal. But look at what jobs most women are working in comparison to men. There have been some successful women out there, and they did not get their way by protesting. For example, the three women that helped with the space race. They used their qualities and efficiencies to make a difference despite their gender and (race at the time.) They were not protesting their way to get through the system because at that time it was mainly men engineers that had the higher ranking in the system. I feel women and people in general can be too overly sensitive at times, and that’s what really sparks this whole women versus men ordeal.

    I’m just going to leave it at if you want something done don’t do something counterproductive to get your way. You either stand up and fight in a classy and productive manner, or repeatedly do things that won’t get things done.

  7. Nancy Sanders says:

    Nina Donovan is a 19-year-old poet from Tennessee. She wrote the speech that Ashley Judd delivered at the march. I, like others, did not attend a march, but I had many friends and family members across the U.S. that did. Their experience is in line with some of the others posted here. Peace, love, admiration, and the spirit to represent those that potentially aren’t being OR won’t be heard once the Trump Train gains momentum. I was accused on Facebook (since I posted about the march) of following the masses blindly. Those who know me, not those that knew me when we were children playing in the street, unsupervised, until the street lights came on, know that while I own most of my character flaws, this is not one that I possess. I believe that less than a month after these marches, we are seeing what this administration is capable of.

    Those that marched wanted to show solidarity, wanted those that are afraid to know that they are not alone. Was the phrasing in the speech unfiltered and sometimes hard to hear? For some of us, yes. Has Trump used similar language when referring to female genitalia and menstruation? Yes. Do most women want Sharia Law? No. Are men and women still paid differently for doing the same job in 2017? Yes. Do women want to have rights over their own bodies? Yes. Do they want to have to fight a rapist in court for custody of a child conceived during a crime? No. Is that really a thing? Yes. Does the newly appointed Attorney General believe that touching a woman’s genitalia without her consent is sexual assault? No. Would you feel differently about that if it were your wife or your daughter that was being touched? Did everyone who voted for Trump know that ObamaCare and the Affordable Care Act were the same thing? Apparently not. I think that Cool Hand Luke is right, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

    I still believe that at the end of the day we are far more similar than we are different. The travel ban has taken the spotlight from the march in January. The confirmations of Betsy DeVos and then Jeff Sessions took the spotlight away from the march. The shutdown of Elizabeth Warren reminded us of the inequality that still exists in the entitled white man’s house (Relax, I’m a white, southern female. Y’all know I’m not lying!). The Bowling Green massacre that never was took the spotlight away from the march. The initiation of deportations by ICE took the spotlight away from the march, but reminded us of the fragility of freedom. The march was 22 days ago. I think we would be better served by focusing on the message and not the hats.

    Nancy

  8. Amber Grant says:

    I am astonished at how many women came together for common issues. I am upset that the main goal was overshadowed by celebrities and those people with separate agendas. The march, to me, was about the rights of women such as being able to have abortions. The media decided to focus on celebrities whose concerns were not the same as many the women who were marching. Madonna’s comment of blowing up the White House was too much and Scarlett Johansen just needed to keep her private thoughts to herself. And please don’t get me started on Ashley Judd. I think what she does is unsanitary but to each her own (that’s really disgusting though).

    The march, I believe, was needed. Women stood up and stayed firmed on their beliefs. Even though it was hindered by some celebrities, I hope their message got across. I think that no one who is over 90 days pregnant shouldn’t have an abortion. The baby would be a living person and I would consider that wrong. Everyone has their opinions but 3 months is a life.

    The march was well needed and the celebrities should have combined with the women. Celebrities have a platform to have their voices heard and to be a voice of their fans and it was very disappointing to hear how these ladies acted at such an important function. No one should advert the attention away from a group that is trying to make a difference.

  9. Nathan Daley says:

    I don’t have an issue with the protest or even what they were protesting about. I love that in this country we have a right to do these things. As long as the protest is peaceful and organized then there should be no problem. Now how do I feel about what they were protesting about, I thought it was a little overkill. I only say that because no one has threatened to take away women’s rights or failed to treat them as equals. It seemed to be completely random and I didn’t really understand why they began protesting in the first place. I felt like this was not a protest about feminism or women’s rights, it was about their dislike for President Trump.

    I definitely don’t agree with the idea of the US assimilating to Sharia law. I don’t think that it is appropriate to come to someone else’s country and demand that they adjust or accept your ways and laws from your country. That isn’t something other countries accept or tolerate. I think the volume of people that came out for the protest was great. I just didn’t understand what the basis for the protest was. I just assumed that I missed something.

    I wish people would gather like that over real issues in this country that need to be addressed. I think women are mainly mad because Hillary lost the election. A lot of women were supporting Hillary, but the truth is Hillary was a poor choice for a candidate. Not only that, she put her own foot in her mouth. This country can use a woman president, but Hillary is definitely not the one we need. In my opinion that protest appeared to be about personal issues they had with Trump winning. The protest should have been meaningful and with purpose. At the end of it all, what did they accomplish ?

  10. India Wilcox says:

    I would have to agree with the statement made regarding this women’s march being counter-productive. As stated in the blog post, over 45% of white women voted for Trump and I’m pretty sure these were some of the same women rallying at this women’s march. Not sure if women just did not take Trump’s word at face value or, if they thought their votes would change his decisions about how changes in the White House were going to be made. In my opinion, it makes their rallying seem a bit cynical as stated in the blog post.

  11. Tayo Sowemimo says:

    The women march clearly rattled the new administration considering the way the President first responded, questioning why the women didn’t vote in November, he later went to a more appropriate tone praising them for exercising their constitutional rights. It can be argued these rallies could have been better planned to present more coherent messages, which is probably why a far right talking point that the George Soros is behind this march is unfounded. The Tea Party movement that started after the stimulus bill was passed in 2009 was also dismissed by the party in power, referring to them as non-spontaneous, but Koch brothers driven, it will be wise for this administration to take the resistance movement gaining momentum seriously, and not ascribe this women march to their favorite scape goat; George Soros.

  12. Kimberly Warren says:

    I was definitely glad to see the turnout of the Woman’s March, which may have been an upset to that of Trump’s inauguration. But seeing women come together from different nationalities, tax brackets, and opinions is something to be proud of. Why not come together to advocate for women’s equality in the workplace and women’s rights. Although women came together as one, why does it take a march for that to occur? I ask this because you would be surprised of the exchanges and comments between women on social media, especially Twitter (maybe political debates should be on Twitter now). Very intense arguments range from abortion, what women should wear, the number of sex partners a woman should have, etc. My point is, it takes a march in order for women to shy away from that competitive comparison to another woman. As stated best by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, TED Talker and featured on Beyonce’s Flawless, “We raise girls to see each other as competitors, not for jobs or for accomplishments which I think can be a good thing. But for the attention of men.” Now the attention of men is not always the focal point of women’s issues, or is it, but what women want is not only a question that men typically want answered. But it’s an answer that women need to ask themselves before they can ask society.

  13. Savianna says:

    I was entertained by this post. I am not going to lie here, I am all for women’s rights and I feel like women should be able to do and say what they want without being looked at as inferior or unstable.However, I think it is difficult to really pin down what women want because we want many things and those wants change as the situation does. Some of the most basic demands are normal and un-gendered across the board. We all want better jobs, we all want a world without war and terror, we all want equal rights, etc. The issues becomes when men are put above women and I can see how Trump threatens that for women.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I agree that this women’s march was an enigma in that it was so varied, and not cohesive. I also believe it was somewhat upsetting as a woman. I am all for protesting to accomplish progress, or to oppose something, but my whole feeling was that they needed to get it together. I understand there is a multitude of women’s issues that should be addressed to promote equality for women, but the way to do it is certainly not to yell and scream and be extreme. Maybe that’s just the southern lady in me, but I feel like we get a lot more accomplished by being coherent in a message, and addressing it in a way that everyone knows what the goal and end result should be.

  15. scwoods23 says:

    I enjoyed the fat that women came together unity in order to express their views about the different situations happening in our country today. The only thing that bothers me is the fact that it had to take the presidential election for this to happen. Hopefully this is a start that will help women come together and rally for things, such as equality in the workplace and such.

  16. Morrisa Rogers says:

    While your post comments on the female gender, I believe it further highlights a greater issue of diversity. Many times we often believe that we can classify a gender, race or even generation and place the same label on them. Although it would probably make social issues easier to navigate, it must be noted that it is impossible to determine a collective view of one group such as females, as they are individuals. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” however, fun may look very different to a number of females based on their culture, environment, level of education… the list goes on. It is great to see groups come together for a cause. When I reflect on the coordinated women’s march, through the differences I see the collective need to advocate for freedom of choice.

  17. As I recall, the women’s march I was tuning in and out to see the highlights from the day. And of course, the speech that stood out was from Ashley Judd it was moving but I feel like that has been archived and spoken by Fannie Lou Hamer. I personally feel that if all minority groups would come together and march for freedom it would make more sense because the issues are all intertwined but when minority groups branch off for their on cause. We all are left saying, What the Heck?

  18. Keiana B. says:

    Very interesting blog and it actually makes you think What is it that women really want? I to find it very ironic how more women, after hearing all the things he was planning to do esp when it came to parenthood, that the percentage was still higher than Clinton. It makes you think about does women really want change or do we just want to complain? Women had the choice to vote for a woman president, someone who could relate to them but instead they didn’t. This is somewhat proof to women not really knowing what they want. I think if anything women just want to be heard. They want someone to be able to relate to the issues they have but not enough women are willing to act on these problems. Whether men admit it or not women are the reason the world goes around and if everyone came together including having the support of men it would be better. Now hundreds of women gather for the Women’s March just to be heard but this march isn’t publicized how it needs to be in order to be effective. When Ashley stated, ” she was “certain” that Mr. Trump enjoyed rather vivid and incestuous dreams about his own daughter, Ivanka,” ironically I thought it was something fishy about that myself. A few of my friends participated in this rally, and we had a slight dicussion of some of the things that stood out. I loved the fact that Janelle Monae made a comment about Sandra Bland and how she included mothers of the movement to speak of their child who was killed. I pointed out to them the fact of Ashley Judd making the statement regarding Trump’s statement back in 2005. He claimed he could use his “status” to put force himself on to women. Just a couple of things that stood out to them. I’m not sure if women would have known That our president said this before the March but even with them knowing, you can’t help but question did it change their opinion or their actions? The Women’s March had a decent turnout but did it solve anything? I feel that women has for centuries now been put under men and there is no telling how long we will continuously be put under men, we are not equal to the eyes of most and that is just what it is. My friend pointed out to me after the march that everything the media highlighter and tried to portray the one thing they forgot to do was promote the sisterhood of women. Women of all races, all domination, all sizes, shapes, and different religious belief all coming together for a variety of things but all having something in common. I believe this was the most important thing of all.

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