Why I march

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States, thousands of women will march on Washington, and in a move of solidarity, women around the world will march with them.

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The reason for the march is relatively simple.

Donald Trump is objectively misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, and xenophobic. Based on this own words and behaviour, this is indisputable.

Donald Trump has spoken casually about regularly sexually assaulting women. He has promised to try to overturn Roe v. Wade. He has promised to appoint only pro-life (*ahem* anti-choice) judges to the Supreme Court. And I could go on, but that’s more than enough on it’s own. That’s more than enough reason for women to be outraged. It’s more than enough reason for women to march on Washington. To stand up and make clear that they will fight.

Although I am Canadian, I march in solidarity with our sisters in the United States because I am frightened about what a Trump administration will do to harm women.

It’s horrifying enough that he has talked and behaved in ways that are threatening to women, and he’s also promised to try to enact or revoke policy that will harm women’s quality of life. His words, behaviour, and policy are threatening enough to middle-class white women. The more frightening thing; the far more frightening thing is the impact a Trump administration will have on women of colour, LGBT women and more specifically trans women, and immigrant women.

The other point to note here is one that I often make. Representation matters.

By putting Donald Trump in the White House, a message is sent that tells boys and men that they can behave in myriad ways that threaten and outright hurt women and they will be rewarded handsomely regardless of that behaviour. That it will be swept aside as something that doesn’t really matter with respect to their character and their ability to lead.

It is for these reasons that I march on January 21, 2017.

 

If you are in Niagara and you would like to march with us, you can learn more here.

If you would like to make pussyhats to send to Washington or for participants in the Niagara walk, you can find patterns here.

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