January 31, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.