Activists Expect Women To Go On Strike Against… Their Own Families [VIDEO]

Activists Expect Women To Go On Strike Against… Their Own Families [VIDEO]

Activists Expect Women To Go On Strike Against… Their Own Families [VIDEO]

The Women’s March organizers, after the success of their largely attended and peaceful march on January 21st, has decided what their next “action” will be. Or rather, lack of action. The leaders have written an opinion piece, declaring that March 8th will be the day women go on strike against… well, pretty much everything.

Nope, the organizers are calling for women (and transwomen, can’t forget them) to take a stand and go on strike. They are hoping for similar numbers to the first march to turn out.

The list of things to strike against is long.

As a first step, we propose to help build an international strike against male violence and in defense of reproductive rights on 8 March. In this, we join with feminist groups from around 30 countries who have called for such a strike.

The idea is to mobilize women, including trans women, and all who support them in an international day of struggle – a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care and sex work, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions. These actions are aimed at making visible the needs and aspirations of those whom lean-in feminism ignored: women in the formal labor market, women working in the sphere of social reproduction and care, and unemployed and precarious working women.

Let us join together on 8 March to strike, walk out, march and demonstrate. Let us use the occasion of this international day of action to be done with lean-in feminism and to build in its place a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism – a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.

There is so much to unpack in this list, but for the life of me, I cannot stop laughing. You know why? Because my son’s birthday is March 8th. I can just imagine how that would have gone down 7 years ago….

Women’s March Organizers: “Go on strike in defense of reproductive rights!”
Me: (in hospital) “ON STRIKE?? I NEED THAT EPIDURAL RIGHT NOW!!! MY LABOR IS NOT STOPPING FOR YOUR STRIKE!”

Oh, that’s probably not the “reproductive rights” the march organizers are looking to defend. But I cannot help chuckling at the irony. The march organizers want all women – presumably, I am still included in that number, even though I am far too pro-life for them – to go on strike and walk out on my family in order to promote “solidarity with working women, their families, and their allies.”

I can imagine how this conversation would go with my soon-to-be seven year old. “Sorry, honey, Mommy is not baking you a birthday cake. The patriarchy isn’t going to smash itself. I have to go on strike in solidarity of women and THEIR families.” Yeah, I’m sure he would TOTALLY understand. (That was sarcasm.)

I know the entire intent is to prove to… someone? Anyone? Men? Society at large?… that women are important and vital to society. So they want women to leave their “domestic work” – which presumably includes caring for those children that the women involved have produced – and go on strike.

Sorry, I will be too busy on March 8th to be on strike. You see, I know that I am too important for my son to do without on that day. If others wish to try and prove that they are important by walking away, instead of staying put to honor commitments or go to work, I hope you do so in a safe and responsible fashion. (Though this could be very interesting if the child care you are depending on in order to go strike, goes on strike themselves. See how this works?) In the meantime, I am busy proving every single day that I am indispensable to my family. Walking away from my commitments and obligations? That would be cruel, because it would show my children that activism is more important than they are. Not happening. Not on March 8th, and not ever.

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6 Comments
  • J Walter says:

    Maybe men should go on strike for a day.

  • Gail Boer says:

    As a working woman, I am rather annoyed. I am missing how impeding our children’s access to education (they are protesting schools), medical care (hospitals have a bad habit of being downtown) and transportation for poor families (the buses and trolleys and trains). No toots you are not in solidarity with women: most people don’t get paid if they are not at work. That means you are hurting working poor families. Try again.

  • Melanie says:

    Sure, the best way to show how valuable you are is to bully everyone else. On March 8th, I will be sure to cook meals for my family – maybe do some volunteer work. Lefty women do such stupid things to get attention. They protest being considered sex objects by wearing “pussy hats” and vagina costumes. And now they want to show how valuable they are to society by disrupting everyone’s day as much as possible. They will simply succeed in making people angry and hurting their cause. So go on – have your Day Without A Woman – drive more people back to the right – the side of sanity and reason. A better idea would be a Day With A Woman – and every woman encouraged to do one or more acts of service to others.

  • Rusty Shackleford says:

    I’m sure when you wrote “the success of their largely (sic) attended and peaceful march” in the first sentence you were being completely sarcastic.

  • GWB says:

    against male violence and in defense of reproductive rights

    So… they’re going to demand that all abortion doctors be female? Or, are these two totally separate things that really don’t intersect and this shouldn’t be written in this fashion?

    an international day of struggle

    So, communism? Because it’s communism that always does “international struggle” stuff.

    women working in the sphere of social reproduction and care

    Ummmm, group sex? WTH is “social reproduction”?

    precarious working women

    You keep using that word…..

    Precarious: Dangerously lacking in security or stability

    So, you’re saying these women are dangerous? (The “lacking in security or stability” doesn’t mean the danger is to the noun being modified, but to someone using or encountering the precarious noun.) On that we might agree………
    Though, I think this definition is more accurate:

    Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises

    Because that’s exactly what most of these complaints are.

    (Though this could be very interesting if the child care you are depending on in order to go strike, goes on strike themselves. See how this works?)

    That would be irony, indeed!

    • Chris in N.Va says:

      “Though this could be very interesting if the child care you are depending on in order to go strike, goes on strike themselves. See how this works?”

      AMEN to that!

      Would love to see the looks on their faces!

      However, I can envision most of the proponents of the “strike” are likely childless (and possibly other-sex “partner-less” themselves).

      Best to inconvenience others, dontcha know, to suffer for your cause. After all, why personally sacrifice when you can make others squirm?

      Typical Lib tyrannical M.O.

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