A March Only for Some Women
Just one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, men and women worldwide participated in what they called a Women’s March. These marchers claimed to raise awareness for disrespect towards women. However, instead of a march for all women, this march was clearly a march for progressivism.
These marchers equated the ability or choice to abort their pregnancies with women’s rights. By falsely doing so, they withhold the platform’s message of inclusivity and solidarity from women who have regretted their abortions, or who work to give women alternatives. Pro-life groups such as Students for Life of America and New Wave Feminists, after asking to be partners or sponsors of the event, were declined. By exclusively bullying these women, the Women’s March was much less of a protest for all women, and more of a protest for progressivism.
In the Women’s March platform found on their website, the protesters encourage healthy familial environments for women. They rightly argue that women should not accept violence towards their bodies in any way. Underscoring this true cause, the platform calls for the continuation of federal funding to Planned Parenthood—the organization which is responsible for more than 30% of the nation’s abortions, giving 1 in every 8 patients who visit Planned Parenthood an abortion. Clearly, this organization encourages abortions, a violent and harmful choice in comparison to adoption. So, although the platform initially seems to have a great message, the specific policies within the platform suggest otherwise.
It seems strange that this event happened right after Trump’s inauguration. If it was truly a march that highlighted real problems women have been facing for a while, why had it not happened sooner? Why had it not happened after Bill Clinton’s scandals? Or Chris Brown’s domestic violence? The march was much less than a march for basic human rights. It was a political scheme directly attacking both Donald Trump’s presidency and Conservative values (both different things).
Whenever politicians take advantage of natural disasters for their own benefit, people always seem to be dismayed. They argue it is wrong to use the victim’s experience to better the politician’s own standings. In the Women's March, the organizers used the abuse of women—the emotions women have been holding inside—for a progressive political ploy. This abuse of women and of their emotions contradicts the march’s end. It is a sad thing that this march has misled so many people from expressing their pain.
1. What do the Women's March organizers claim were the goals of the Women's March?
2. When did the Women's March occur?
3. According to Ms. De Gree, what were the real goals of the Women's March?
4. What is your opinion of Ms. De Gree's analysis of the Women's March?
5. Optional Questions: Where did the Women's March occur? Which individuals or orgaanizations provided funding for coordinating and organizing the Women's March?
1/25/2017 02:27:04 pm
Jessica, you make some very good points. Thank you for writing this piece. As a conservative Latina myself, those women marches don't speak for me nor do they speak for all women. They intentionally forget the forgotten "women" and men in the womb who are the ones we should all be protecting and speaking up for.
1/26/2017 09:56:46 am
This article saddened me. This is the first time ever I read something like this about the Women's March that I myself proudly participated in. The feeling that encompassed all of us there was unbelievable, so uniting, so welcoming. I can't imagine anyone being excluded from this march. Just by looking how many women (and men too!) participated in it, and how peaceful all of them were (not a single incident was reported at any!), you can conclude that it was very much a representative of the progressive part of the USA. As for Trump's supporters who are (thankfully!) not the majority of the USA, I can see how and why they became bitter at seeing the rest of the country united against the bigotry, lies, racism and everything negative that Trump represents. Shame that it had to translate into this article too. I always read the articles from Classical Historian delivered to my inbox with great interest and would print them out and give my daughter to read, however not at this time. Shame!
1/26/2017 11:33:26 am
Are you referring to the same march that Madonna spoke at, stating she thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, and used an F-word in every other sentence? After watching that video, "united", "welcoming", and "peaceful" are really not the words that come to mind. And yes, it is true that certain groups were excluded. But here again, we have the same issues of "tolerance" which only applies to those who agree with your own worldview. So, why should John DeGree be ashamed for posting an opinon piece that his daughter wrote? Perhaps the same reason pro-life groups were not allowed to join in the Women's March?
1/26/2017 10:24:22 pm
1/26/2017 10:29:43 am
I TOTALLY agree with the article. That parade of self righteous fear and hate mongers in NO way what so ever represent me.
1/26/2017 10:55:59 am
I really appreciate your article! I didn't attend the march, but was in a group of women about a week before when the subject came up. Some spoke with such passion about the issue of "don't touch my body" that I was afraid how they would react if I spoke up with views so opposite of their own. I felt attacked, though they weren't speaking to me directly, and it took several hours after leaving the meeting for the stressful feelings to calm down. I would be afraid to show up at a march like this.
1/26/2017 06:19:01 pm
I had read that this March had been intended for a Mrs Clinton win, but rather than cancel it they made it a woman's march. I would be curious if that could be confirmed. That would then explain the predominant worldview. I heard that a few pro-life groups braved attending anyway. Also, the Crass hats? Why? If we want to be treated with class, as adults, as intelligent members of society, why the low ball costuming? What I don't understand is that the pro-aborts demand woman be treated equally, not objectified but with respect and then they make everything about their privates and abortion. [This is event is not the only example] I think most woman care about international politics, security, economy, family and so much more, but that all gets lost with the potty behavior. Maybe it was really a minority the media concentrated on- in that case, I hope the majority condemn the behavior and post their own more intelligent videos and photos. Thank you for keeping us up to date on the news from a classical worldview.
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Jessica De Gree
Jessica teaches 5th grade English and History as well as 11th grade Spanish III at a Great Hearts Academy in Glendale, AZ. In addition to teaching, she coaches JV girls basketball and is a writing tutor for The Classical Historian Online Academy. Jessica recently played basketball professionally in Tarragona, Spain, where she taught English ESL and tutored Classical Historian writing students. In 2018, she received her Bachelor's degree in English and Spanish from Hillsdale College, MI.