International Women’s Day. And All That.

Originally posted on General Musings of an Idiot.

Today is a day celebrating everything great about women. To be fair, that’s about 3 and a half billion people. Half the world’s population, funnily enough.

IWD was set up in order to recognise the achievements of women, and the day celebrates 100 years this year. It was initially set up to commemorate 129 women who were locked in a factory and burnt down, because they were campaigning for their rights. Now, it celebrates everything rgeat about the other sex, and how amazing an achievement it is for women.

But, what about blokes? Well, when we rustle up enough brain cells to think of this, you’ll understand why the day was set up anyway…

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Yes, men with their hilarious sense of sexist humour. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a bit of sexist banter, but the ‘Make me a sandwich, bitch’ joke wears a bit thin after a while. And 50 years later, it’s still going strong.

Why should women be chained to the kitchens to make you a sandwich? Why is it funny for women to have to iron, wash, and clean everything before even sitting down? Why can’t women ever be rich and famous without being stoopid? I honestly don’t understand how laughing at the other gender in such a hurtful way can be funny…

It’s like women turning round to us men and telling us before we have that next pint, it’s time to take the dog for a walk. Or before we settle down to a nice pie, we have to hoover the whole house, and go to work – again. Or even before the football is on the telly, being told that Coronation Street is on the other side and the football will have to be recorded. Trust me, that last one really isn’t funny.

Again, I’m not a complete twat with no sense of humour. But I just don’t get why laughing at what women have done for themselves in the last 100 years to ditch the stereotypes stipulated to their gender is so hilarious.

I’m a massive, massive advocate for equal rights. It shouldn’t matter whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, rich, poor, foreign, or male or female, everyone is still a human being. We all have to look out for each other, not hating another group of people just because of who they are. Things like The Trevor Project, who campaign for LGBT rights have helped make a huge difference to the lives of millions.

Many women died to try and gain their gender the vote, and in 1918/1928 that was granted in the UK, and in 1919 in the US. Campaigns for equal pay, basic human rights and equality throughout jobs markets are still going strong, despite the huge void between men and women being cut drastically. At least they had the balls to stand up for what they believed in. And I fully respect them, and back them with this. Women are, to me, my second favourite gender, after all. Only because I am a man.

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So, Happy International Women’s Day to one and all. Also, Happy Pancake Day. And based on my views, I shall be making my girlfriend pancakes at some stage this week. I may even carve ‘IWD’ into the top of each one, just to prove a point.

Because if we can’t look after each other, no matter what we are, then who can? We’ve got to make a difference now to make sure our children, and our children’s children can live in a world where there is equality for all, no matter who you are.

Agree with me? Drop me a comment using the boxes below, or you can send me an email. Or, if you’re really keen, Tweet me. I’m all ears to see what you guys and gals believe too.

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