International Women’s Day

Hello gorgeous bloggers, 

Today is International Women’s Day and I would like to seize this opportunity to shed some light on a few pressing issues surrounding women. To begin with, what is a ‘woman’? How do we define a ‘woman’? The dictionary would eruditely explain us that a woman is a female human being. Oh, did I hear it right? Yes. A human being. Not a piece of flesh. If truth be told, a woman is worth more than a slice of ham and two lumps of fat on her chest. And I’m sorry to say that she is not a baby-producing machine either. She is a human being. She has a mind of her own. She has desires. She has aspirations and goals. She wants to be accepted-not because of her big eyes or large hips, but because of her thoughts, her energy and her abilities. Everyone, in developed countries and developing ones alike, is talking about women’s empowerment, women’s emancipation and gender equality. They are beautiful words that sound good to the ears. I don’t deny it. Indeed, they look good on paper as well; and I swear it will fetch you a couple of marks if you mention them somewhere in exams. But do we actually walk the talk? Are our women really liberated at home? Do they enjoy equal rights at their workplace? For all the optimistic person that I am, I don’t think so. 

Women are still shamed and criticized in this 21st century. They are still perceived to be the weaker sex in society. Their potential is still oppressed by bogus traditions and spurious beliefs. They are still seen as sexual objects. You don’t believe it? Let me give you a couple of eye-opening examples. Just flip through a fashion magazine, turn on the television or listen to the lyrics of popular songs and unfortunately, you will quickly find a common theme: the sexualisation of women. In advertisements, the exposure of women’s bodies occurs about four times as often compared to men’s bodies. The term “sex sells” has begun to cross the boundaries to where we are witnessing sex influence on every product that we are purchasing from alcohol, beauty supplies, groceries to even banking services. Have you ever wondered what correlation, if any, there is between a banking product and a woman’s body? Does that make sense to you? For me, it does not. 

Wait. It does not end here. In many parts of the world, women are traded most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery and forced labour. As disgusting as it seems, in many Islamic States, captured women are sold in slave markets and at auctions. Are women just a dime’s worth? Not to mention, at work, they rarely escape from the dirty, lustful gaze of their superiors who trick those poor souls into sleeping with them for promotions and career advancement options. Everywhere, practically everywhere, women’s bodies are designated as property that can be evaluated, looked at and touched at the impulse of men’s desire. On top of that, if current trend continues, almost 16 million girls worldwide between the ages 6 and 11 will never get access to primary school education compared to just about 8 million boys. And don’t even get me started on the pay difference that exists. Why? Isn’t it high time this sickening, unjustifiable merry-go-round stop? 

Do you know what makes a woman feel unshackled? Do you wish to participate in women’s salvation? 

Then…

Give her. For once give her.
Give her a platform and watch how she dances off her feet. 
Give her wings and see how she soars higher for the sky offbeat.
Give her a pen and marvel at how she travels in time.
Give her a voice and see how she tolerates no crime.

Judge her. By all means judge her. 
Judge her by her courage
not by the depth of her cleavage.
Judge her by her morals unhurt
not by the length of her skirt.
Judge her from within
not by the colour of her skin.

Let her be. 
Let her be free expressing her emotions, needs and wants.
Let her be free choosing her path, away from religious dogmas and society’s taunts.
Let her live her life in a manner she hopes for.
Let her breathe even if she is a whore.

And! She is sexy. Yes! I’m telling you!           
She is sexy in the way she stands on her own feet independently.   
She is sexy in the way she brings up her child single-handedly.
She is sexy in the way she carries herself with dignity.
She is sexy in the way she sticks to her principles composedly.
Doesn’t this make her one hell of a sexy woman?

Please ladies, you have an identity. You do not need someone else to validate your existence. Do not let yourself be looked down. Forget the rules. You, as a single woman, are worth the entire world’s fortune. No one is rich enough to buy you. No one is strong enough to abuse you. No one is lily-white enough to slam you. Women’s empowerment starts with you. It is when you empower yourself, when you embrace yourself-with all your flaws, your valour, your beauty and your femininity. 

Happy International Women’s Day 2016!

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Author: The Little Mermaid

My soul is an enthralling mystery, delicately concocted with some chaos and a little glee.

68 thoughts on “International Women’s Day”

  1. You wrote the article I was planning to write, only Better!! Kudos! And many thanks for your emphatic celebration of women’s right to themselves.
    – Ruth P.

  2. Thank you so much Ruth! Your valuable comments really inspire me to better myself.

    Happy International Women’s Day! :))

  3. You’re welcome. 🙂 I only say what I think should be said, and I really enjoyed your post. It’s pretty much perfect.
    Happy International Women’s Day to you as well!! 🙂

  4. Brothers, sons, husbands, boyfriends, fathers: read this! Inscribe it on to your heart, and let your conduct with the female persons in your life be an outward sign of your inward learning. (Great post!)

  5. I do agree with you Manyank. Actually, I have chosen to lay emphasis on the ‘sexualisation of women’ while writing this piece.

    Thank you for reading and dropping in your positive criticism.

  6. Happy Day, The Little Mermaid. I hope by next day you’re doing what you like, whenever you like, wherever you like, with whomever you like.

  7. Wow! Great poem near the end and I got educated as well, “On top of that, if current trend continues, almost 16 million girls worldwide between the ages 6 and 11 will never get access to primary school education compared to just about 8 million boys. ” Well said. We are all equal. Lust for power and station creates inequality.

  8. WOW! You have said it all! I commend you for raising awareness re gender equality issues. This is a must read, especially for those of the XY chromosome configuration who have yet to evolve. I’ll be following you and clicking your LIKE star… but “LIKE” is not strong enough a word. PS… thanks for all the LIKEs over at Mitch’s blog!

  9. Yes. But so long the light of hope keeps twinkling, let’s not lay down our arms in the fight for a better future of women around the world.

    Thanks for pausing to have a read Malakhai!

  10. Hi CommonSenseTom, I’m super glad you enjoyed my writing. Actually, I read some of your comments on Mitch’s posts. They were real insightful and so well-articulated that I had no other choice but to ‘like’ them all. I see that you do full justice to your name, ‘CommonSenseTom’ and you should be proud because common sense is a flower that just doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden. Keep it up! 👍

  11. Such a shame that International Women’s Day isn’t much at all celebrated here in the states. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

  12. Oh that’s great! It implies that International Women’s Day is celebrated everyday in the States and so it has become conventional! Haha!

    Thank you for reading Daal. It means a lot.

  13. He who loves the spirit of a female can only truly love one; but he who loves her body, won’t be content with all the females in the world.

  14. Thank you very much indeed !

    I ve written many articles regarding women issues …kindly visit my posts ..comment if like or dislike ….even criticism will be welcomed !

  15. Hi again, Little Mermaid! Would you be interested in composing a short guest post on something to do with literature or libraries in your part of the world for my blog?

  16. Hi Daal, I hope you are having a great Friday. I apologize for the late reply. I was taken up and so haven’t been keeping in touch with my WordPress family lately. It would be a pleasure to write a guest post for your blog. Please tell me the details. Take care honey!

  17. I’m celebrating your voice and strength and power and thoughtfulness and intelligence and creativity; and I’m celebrating my own. Love your graphic!

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