There are days when I feel like I'm getting pulled down into the quicksands of misogyny especially with our new President elect. America wanted to see Donald "grab [Hillary] by the pussy" during those debates. Stalking...lurking behind her was a reminder that women who try to forge their way in a man's world jeopardize their safety. Hillary lost because of pure, unadulterated hate.
When I watched this clip of Madonna's acceptance speech, every word she said rang true for me. It's that insidious, institutionalized hatred of women that we deny but remains. Just look at the faces of the women in the audience. They know exactly what she's talking about. Thank you, Madonna, for having the clit to call out our culture and how we denigrate women:
It's so clear to me that if we want to improve the status of women globally we must accept our sexual selves. Feminism failed because we didn't fight for sexual freedom. We are entitled to celebrate our sexuality and enjoy all the pleasure our bodies are capable of brining us.
When Madonna talked about wanting a female mentor to shephard her through the dark times, my heart broke for her. She must have felt so alone, so shamed. And feminists blew it. What a missed opportunity in not supporting Madonna, an artist who took on the Catholic church and single motherhood.
I'm just so sick of women being put down, reduced to their body parts, ranked by their beauty and, generally, dismissed by our society. This generation is fucked but maybe if I raise a sex positive, feminist son I'll affect some change and hope for a better tomorrow for young women.